Calistus Ngonghala, Ph.D.

Research Fellow

General Research Interests

Mathematical epidemiology and ecology, mathematical modeling, applied mathematics, differential equations, nonlinear dynamics, and dynamical systems

Principal interests

Mathematical modeling of epidemiological/biological processes (applying deterministic, stochastic, network, and agent-based modeling techniques to investigate the epidemiology, population dynamics, immunology, and control of infectious diseases. Model calibration, sensitivity analysis and applying optimal control theory to evaluate optimal disease control and surveillance measures).

Mathematical modeling of feedbacks between infectious diseases, economic growth and land-use change (applying mathematical, statistical and computational techniques to model the interplay among infectious diseases, economic development and land-use change and to determine optimal economic growth and health intervention measures).

Dynamical systems (applying the theory of dynamical systems, applied nonlinear analysis, and numerical methods to study extreme multistability involving the co-existence of an infinite number of attractors in coupled biological, chemical and physical systems).

Dr. Ngonghala is currently working with Dr. Matthew Bonds, an economist in the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine, on a project to develop mathematical models of effects of health care on cycles of poverty and disease.

Employment

  • Research Fellow: Department of Global Health and Social Medicine, Harvard Medical School, October 8, 2013–present
  • Postdoctoral Fellow (Research Associate): National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Syn- thesis (NIMBioS), University of Tennessee, Knoxville, August 8, 2011–October 7, 2013
  • Full Time Instructor of Mathematics, University of Buea, Cameroon, June 2002–August 2006

Education

Ph.D. in Mathematics, West Virginia University, Morgantown, West Virginia, August 2011

Specialization: Mathematical epidemiology, economic epidemiology and dynamical systems

Thesis title: Mathematical modeling/analysis of epidemiological and chemical systems

Advisors: Kenneth Showalter (C. Eugene Bernnett Chair and Professor of Physical Chemistry) and Professor Mary Ann Clarke (Professor of Applied Mathematics)

Master of Science in Mathematics, University of Buea, Cameroon, November 2000

  1. Ngonghala CN, Plucinski MM, Murray MB, Farmer PE, Barrett CB, Keenan DC, Bonds MH. Poverty, disease, and the ecology of complex systems. April 1, 2014. PLoS biology.

    Link to Abstract
  2. Magombedze G, Ngonghala CN, Lanzas C. Evalution of the "Iceberg Phenomenon" in Johne's disease through mathematical modelling. October 22, 2013. PloS one.

    Link to Abstract
  3. Miranda Teboh-Ewungkem, Gideon A. Ngwa, Calistus N. Ngonghala. Models and proposals for malaria: a review January 1, 2013. Mathematical Population Studies. An International Journal of Mathematical Demography.

  4. Plucinski MM, Ngonghala CN, Getz WM, Bonds MH. Clusters of poverty and disease emerge from feedbacks on an epidemiological network. December 19, 2012. Journal of the Royal Society, Interface / the Royal Society.

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  5. Agusto FB, Del Valle SY, Blayneh KW, Ngonghala CN, Goncalves MJ, Li N, Zhao R, Gong H. The impact of bed-net use on malaria prevalence. December 13, 2012. Journal of theoretical biology.

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  6. Ngonghala CN, Ngwa GA, Teboh-Ewungkem MI. Periodic oscillations and backward bifurcation in a model for the dynamics of malaria transmission. June 23, 2012. Mathematical biosciences.

    Link to Abstract
  7. Plucinski MM, Ngonghala CN, Bonds MH. Health safety nets can break cycles of poverty and disease: a stochastic ecological model. May 18, 2011. Journal of the Royal Society, Interface / the Royal Society.

    Link to Abstract
  8. Ngonghala CN, Feudel U, Showalter K. Extreme multistability in a chemical model system. May 9, 2011. Physical review. E, Statistical, nonlinear, and soft matter physics.

    Link to Abstract
  9. Gideon Ngwa, Ngonghala C. Ngeh, Sama Wilson Biginia. A model for endemic malaria with delay and variable populations. Journal of the Cameroon Academy of Sciences January 1, 2002. A model for endemic malaria with delay and variable populations. Journal of the Cameroon Academy of Sciences.

  10. Calistus N. Ngonghala, Mateusz M. Plucin´ski, Megan B. Murray, Paul E. Farmer, Christopher B. Barrett, Donald C. Keenan, Matthew H. Bonds. Poverty, disease and the ecology of complex systems (PLOS Biology: Under revision) January 1, 1900.

  11. Calistus N. Ngonghala, Miranda I. Teboh-Ewungkem, Gideon A. Ngwa. Persistent oscillations and backward bifurcation in a malaria model with varying human and mosquito populations: implications for control (Journal of Mathematical Biology: Under Revision) January 1, 1900. Persistent oscillations and backward bifurcation in a malaria model with varying human and mosquito populations: implications for control (Journal of Mathematical Biology: Under Revision).

  12. Calistus N. Ngonghala, Sara Y. Del Valle, Ruijun Zhao, Jemal Mohammed-Awel. Quantifying the impact of decay in bed-net efficacy on malaria transmission (Journal of Theoretical Biology: Under review) January 1, 1900.

  13. Gideon A. Ngwa, Terence T. Wankah, Mary Y. Fomboh-Nforba, Calsitus N. Ngonghala, Miranda I. Teboh-Ewungkem. On a reproductive stage-structured model for the population dynamics of the malaria vector (Bulletin of Mathematical Biology: Under Review) January 1, 1900. On a reproductive stage-structured model for the population dynamics of the malaria vector (Bulletin of Mathematical Biology: Under Review).

  14. Mitesh S. Patel, Unnati Patel, Abhijit Sen, Gautam C. Sethia, Chittaranjan Hens, Syamal Dana, Ulrike Feudel, Kenneth Showalter, Calistus N. Ngonghala, and Ravindra E. Amritkar . Experimental observation of extreme multistability in coupled electronic oscillators (Physical Review Letters: Under revision) January 1, 1900.

  15. Calistus N. Ngonghala and Matthew H. Bonds. Coupled dynamical models of the ecology of infectious diseases and economic growth ( Proceedings of the Royal society B: Under Review) January 1, 1900.

Master of Public Health course (Module 232 Major A: Advanced Global Environmental Changes and Health: Poverty traps driven by feedback between economics and ecology of infectious diseases), E´cole des Hautes E´tudes en Sante´ Publique (EHESP), Paris France, January 2013, January 2014

Third Hands-On Research on Complex Systems Advanced Study Institute.  Communicable diseases session, University of Buea, Cameroon, August 2–13, 2010

Integral calculus, multivariate calculus and differential equations, West Virginia University, 2008–2011

Mathematics sequence for life and medical sciences, differential calculus, integral calculus, multivariate calculus and analytical mechanics, University of Buea, Cameroon, 2002–2006

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