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Samuel Scarpino

Samuel Scarpino

Assistant Professor

Mailing Address:

177 (177 Huntington Ave.), Boston, MA 02115


  • applied mathematics, bioinformatics, computational biology, Genetics, integrative biology, machine learning, network modeling, population dynamics, Statistics



The research in our group spans a broad range of topics in complex systems and network science, including: infectious diseases, forecasting and predictive modeling, disease genomics and transcriptomics, outbreak surveillance, and decision making under uncertainty.

Samuel Scarpino in the news

Herd Immunity Won’t Come Anytime Soon for Covid-19

Herd immunity is the idea that a disease can’t spread through a population once a large enough percentage is immune, either because they’ve recovered from an infection or received a vaccine. But that won’t work with SARS-CoV-2, the coronavirus that causes COVID-19, said Samuel Scarpino, an assistant professor who runs the Emergent Epidemics lab at Northeastern

‘Social Distancing’ Is Only the First Step Toward Stopping the Covid-19 Pandemic

After days of closures and requests—or orders—to stay home, many people caught in the heart of the COVID-19 pandemic are wondering if these efforts will be enough. Network scientist Alessandro Vespignani says the answer depends on the ways that local, regional, and federal governments use the time.