Kimberly VanderWaal, PhD

Associate Professor, Department of Veterinary Population Medicine (VPM)

Kimberly VanderWaal

Contact Info

[email protected]

Office Phone 612-624-9289

Fax 612-625-1210

Office Address:
385A Animal Science/Veterinary Medicine Bldg
1988 Fitch Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55108

Mailing Address:
385 AS/VM
1988 Fitch Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55108

PhD, University of California, Davis

BS, University of Minnesota


My research aims to understand the dynamics of pathogen spread through animal populations, focusing on quantifying underlying drivers and overarching consequences of host and pathogen heterogeneity for disease transmission. By applying quantitative tools to elucidate and predict disease dynamics, the ultimate outcome of this research aims to facilitate data-informed decision making, enhance disease preparedness, and optimize surveillance and control measures.

Advising Statement


Research Summary/Interests

  • Population connectivity and pathogen spread
  • Molecular epidemiology of viruses, including viral evolution and multi-strain dynamics
  • Spatio-temporal analysis of infectious diseases



Teaching Areas

  • Quantitative Methods
  • Social network analysis
  • Advanced clinical epidemiology