Press Release


Einstein-BUA Strategic Professorship for Infectious Disease Dynamics and Global Health for Prof. Dr. Stefan Flasche

Following a funding recommendation by the Einstein Foundation and a decision by the Board of Directors of the Berlin University Alliance, Prof. Dr. Stefan Flasche took up the Einstein-BUA Professorship for Infectious Disease Dynamics and Global Health at Charité Berlin on 1 January 2024. The Einstein Foundation will fund his work with approximately two million euros over a period of three and a half years. His appointment will further strengthen and internationalize the field of global health in Berlin.

Stefan Flasche previously has been Professor of Vaccine Epidemiology at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and Co-Director of the Centre for Mathematical Modelling of Infectious Diseases (CMMID), holding a Sir Henry Dale Wellcome Trust Fellowship. His internationally recognized work in mathematical modeling of infectious diseases, with a focus on understanding factors influencing the dynamics of disease spread, has contributed to vaccination strategies and to dealing with major health crises such as swine flu, Ebola and COVID-19.

Teaming up with his colleagues at Charité Center for Global Health, including Prof. Dr. Christian Drosten, the Director of the Institute for Virology, and Prof. Dr. Beate Kampmann, Einstein Professor for Global Health, Prof Flasche is set to play a pivotal role in enhancing pandemic preparedness and global health security.

With the Strategic Professorship, the Einstein Foundation Berlin supports the appointment of top researchers from abroad who are of outstanding strategic importance for the Berlin University Alliance and Berlin as a center of science and research.

The Einstein Foundation Berlin is an independent, not-for-profit, science-led organization established as a foundation under civil law in 2009. It promotes international cutting-edge science and research across disciplines and institutions in and for Berlin. It has funded more than 200 researchers, including three Nobel laureates, over 70 projects, and eight Einstein Centers.