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Chaitra Gopalappa

University of Massachusetts, Amherst

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University of Massachusetts, Amherst


Chaitra Gopalappa is an Assistant Professor in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research (IEOR) at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She has a PhD degree in Industrial Engineering from the University of South Florida, Tampa, advised by Dr. Tapas Das. Prior to joining UMass in 2014, she was a Prevention-Effectiveness postdoctoral fellow at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and later a Senior Analyst at Avenir Health an NGO working in global public health modeling. Her research interests are to advance mathematical methodologies and computational models for analyses of decisions that inform national- and global- public health guidelines and strategic plans. Her work is funded by the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, and the World Health Organization (WHO). Her lab website: