We are happy to be able to count Dr. Zelner as one of our own once again. Jon made exceptional use of his time between graduating from UM with a dual Ph.D. in Sociology and Public Policy (and a Complex Systems Certificate!) in 2011, and returning to UM to join the School of Public Health in 2017. Dr. Zelner completed a postdoctoral fellowship in the Department of Epidemiology of Microbial Diseases at the Yale School of Public Health (2016), was a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health and Society Scholar at Columbia University (2014-16), and was an NIH Research and Policy for Infection Disease Dynamics (RAPIDD) postdoctoral fellow in the Dept. of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Princeton University (2011-2014).

Dr. Zelner is also an Affiliated Faculty member with the Michigan Institute for Data Science (MIDAS)

One of the leading coronavirus researchers and modelers at the University of Michigan, you have probably seen his name frequently in the news in articles such as this one in the New York Times “Social Inequities Explain Racial Gaps in Pandemic, Studies Find”  as he has focused his recent work toward Coronavirus. He presented some of this work as part of our virtual Complex Systems Seminar Series on March 9, 2021.

Please check out this ‘Spotlight on Jon Zelner’ written after joining the SPH Center for Social Epidemiology and Public Health at the School of Public Health.

You can also view Jon’s ‘epibayes’ team website here.

Interesting factoid - in January of 2020, very early in the pandemic, Jon Zelner, along with CSCS faculty member Marisa Eisenberg, CSCS affiliated faculty member Joseph Eisenberg and SPH’s Olivia McGovern recorded a podcast called: Disease Detectives: How to Track an Epidemic