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Joanna Wares is an associate professor of mathematics whose work has focused on mathematical sciences in biology and biomedicine. Wares can explain the mathematics behind herd immunity and when and why it is a viable strategy when a vaccine for a disease does not exist.  

"Without a vaccine, we should not think of herd immunity as a light at the end of the tunnel," said Wares in an article she co-authored for The Conversation. "Getting there would result in millions of deaths in the United States and would not protect the most vulnerable."

Wares also has expertise in the following areas:

  • Mathematical medical science
  • Nosocomial infections
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Oncolytic virotherapy

Contact director of media and public relations Sunni Brown at to connect with Wares.


Contact Director of Media and Public Relations Sunni Brown at to connect with Wares.