Isaac Fung is an infectious disease epidemiologist and mathematical modeler. He is currently an assistant professor of epidemiology at Jiann-Ping Hsu College of Public Health, Georgia Southern University, at Statesboro, Georgia, USA. In 2011-13, he was a Prevention Effectiveness Fellow at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). His involvement with CDC’s emergency response during the avian influenza A(H7N9) outbreak in Spring 2013 brought his attention to the growing fields of social media research and digital epidemiology. He has collaborated with Dr. King-Wa Fu of JMSC, HKU, and Dr. Zion T. H. Tse of the University of Georgia, to study the Chinese online community response to the outbreaks of Middle-East Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) and the avian influenza A(H7N9), using Weibo data of Dr. Fu’s Weiboscope project. Their collaborative project, known as WeiboHealth, will continue to study Weibo content related to other diseases and health conditions.
Prior to his Georgia Southern faculty position and CDC fellowship, Dr. Fung received his post-doctoral training in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics in the University of Georgia. He earned his PhD in Infectious Disease Epidemiology from Imperial College London, his MSc in Control of Infectious Diseases from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and his BA/MA in Natural Sciences (Biological) from the University of Cambridge. He was a Prince Philip Scholar.