Associate Professor

University of Georgia

Welcome to the website of Andreas Handel. I am currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, College of Public Health, at the University of Georgia (UGA). My research focuses on data analysis and modeling in public health, wihth a focus on infectious diseases. This website contains some information about myself and my individual activities (teaching, presentations, blog posts, etc.). More details regarding the research done in my group, as well as links to publications, can be found on my research group site. Some overlap between the two sites might occur.


  • Infectious Disease Modeling
  • Data Science
  • R Package Development


  • Postdoc in Computational Biology, 2004-2009

    Emory University

  • PhD in Physics, 1999-2004

    Georgia Institute of Technology

  • BSc (equiv) in Physics, 1996-1999

    University of Stuttgart

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Recent Posts

Automatically generate personalized certificates and other documents with R

Overview Generating personalized documents is often useful. Since this is a very common task, programs like Word or similar software can do this. But I like to use R if I can. And the whole R Markdown system is perfectly suited for repeat generation of customized documents. I’m certainly not the first one to have the idea of using R, and in fact my initial approach is based on this prior post.

Custom Word formatting using R Markdown

Background A good while back (around 2 years as of this writing), I needed the feature to turn an R Markdown document into a Word document (that’s easy) and to apply custom styles to specific parts of the Word document (that was trickier). I found some good information in this RStudio article, but it didn’t quite address everything I was looking for. Specifically, I wanted to find a way to format certain parts of the R Markdown document in a specific style.

Generating a conflict of interest form automatically

Some code and examples showing how to generate a conflict of interest statement required by some funding agencies in an almost completely automated manner.

Recent Presentations

User-friendly software for simulation modeling of infectious diseases

An introduction ot infectious disease modeling and software to learn it.

Simulation modeling to inform COVID-19 control and vaccination strategies

A (virtual) presentation of some recent COVID-19 modeling work.

An overview of COVID-19 vaccines and modeling

A (virtual) presentation and discussion covering COVID-19 vaccines and modeling.