We are a small team of public health and medical professionals with a wide range of skills and experience. We love what we do, and we do it with passion.

Travis Porco, PhD, MPH

Principal Investigator

Travis is a professor in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics and is based in the F. I. Proctor Foundation. He specializes in the mathematical modeling of disease transmission and the statistical analysis of clinical trials. He will oversee execution of the MINDSCAPE proposal. His role will include managing the team of UCSF investigators, and acting as the key liaison to the CDC for this cooperative agreement.

Seth Blumberg, MD, PhD

Lead Investigator

Seth is an Assistant Professor at UCSF who enjoys identifying synergistic collaborations amongst the diverse expertise of MINDSCAPE members. His background is in using relatively simple mathematical models to help develop intuition for disease dynamics. For MINDSCAPE he has worked on transmission of SARS-CoV-2 in congregate settings and characterizing the role of superspreading for nosocomial MRSA infections.

Ashley Hazel, PhD, MSc

Research Analyst

Ashley Hazel is a Research Analyst with expertise in human ecology, field methods, and network and disease modeling. She has a PhD in Resource Ecology from University of Michigan and she conducted postdoctoral research in the Departments of Anthropology and Earth System Science at Stanford University prior to joining UCSF. For MINDSCAPE, she is applying her anthropological perspective to questions about patient mobility, health-center and community network links, and healthcare acquired infections.

Bo Shopsin, MD, PhD

Associate Professor @ NYU

Bo Shopsin, MD, PhD is an Associate Professor of Medicine at New York University Langone Medical Center (NYULMC).  As the director of the Molecular Outbreak Program at NYULMC, he serves as the NYU lead investigator for MINDSCAPE. He has a particular interest in how whole-genome sequencing can inform inference of hospital-based disease transmission.

Tracy Lin, PhD, MSc

Assistant Professor @ UCSF

Tracy Kuo Lin, PhD, MSc is an Assistant Professor of Health Economics in Institute of Health & Aging, Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences in the School of Nursing. Her research centers on health system financing and examines healthcare cost and resource allocation globally. Tracy received her PhD from the University of California, Davis. Prior to joining the faculty at UCSF, Tracy completed a postdoctoral fellowship in the School of Pharmacy at UCSF and was a fellow in the London School of Economics and Political Science. 

Xinran (Leo) Liu, MD, MS, FAMIA

Assistant Clinical Professor, UCSF Division of Hospital Medicine; UCSF Director of Clinical Informatics, St Mary’s Medical Center; Associate Program Director, UCSF Clinical Informatics Fellowship; Director, GME Clinical Informatics and Data Science Pathway

Xinran (Leo) Liu is an informatician and hospitalist in the Division of Hospital Medicine at UCSF. He is an assistant professor involved in operations, education, and research. He serves as the primary informatician for the MINDSCAPE group at UCSF, pulling and processing data for the group.

Richard Medford, MD

Principal Investigator for UTSW subcontract

Dr. Medford is an assistant professor in the Division of Infectious Diseases and Geographical Medicine in the Department of Internal Medicine. He is also assistant Chief Medical Informatics Officer. For this proposal, Dr. Medford will provide overall supervision of the research efforts at UTSW. In particular, he will be responsible for data retrieval at UTSW and associated testing of MINDSCAPE models. He will help author manuscripts and presentations and will regularly discuss overall project goals, solutions and direction with Dr. Porco to ensure project success.

Trish Perl, MD


Dr. Perl is the Chief of the Division of Infectious Diseases and Geographical holds the Jay P. Sanford Professorship. For this proposal, Dr. Perl will help formulate and guide the research efforts at UTSW. She will help author manuscripts and presentations and will regularly discuss overall project goals, solutions and direction with Drs. Medford and Porco to ensure project success.

Priya Ramaswamy, MD, MEng

Clinical Informatics Fellow @ UCSF

Priya Ramaswamy is a clinical informatics fellow and anesthesiologist with the MINDSCAPE Team.  Her work includes applying the WHO-Clinical Progression Scale of Covid-19 to patients based on EHR data and studying how area of deprivation affects covid-19 hospital-outcomes.

Stephanie Reynolds, MPH

Research Analyst

Stephanie Reynolds, MPH graduated with her Master of Public Health from UTHealth Science Center with a background in Epidemiology and Biopsychology. After moving to the Bay Area in early 2020, she started at UCSF as a Research Coordinator. Passionate about data analytics, Steph joined Proctor in August 2021 where she hopes to gain experience in data analysis and modeling as well as support grant administration and project coordination efforts. In her free time, Steph loves baking, attending concerts, and spoiling her puppy.

Priya Shete, MD, MPH

Assistant Professor @ UCSF

Dr. Shete is an Assistant Professor in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine and UCSF and brings her expertise in health systems, critical care and health equity to support MINDSCAPE.

Student Interns

Summer 2022

Milad Shafaie

Rising junior at UC Berkeley, Computer Science

Milad is working at Proctor on wastewater-based modeling to monitor the spread the COVID-19 pandemic. If Milad had to be any animal, he would be an owl.

Ryan Nayebi

Rising sophomore at UC Berkeley, Data Science & Computer Science

If Ryan had to be any animal, he would be an would be an elysia chlorotica, a medium-sized, green sea slug.

Young Woong (Jonathan) Min

Rising senior at UC Berkeley, Mathematics & Statistics

If Jonathan could be any animal, he would be a sloth. It would be nice just hanging from a branch and enjoying the sun! 

Akshay Patel

Rising junior at UC Berkeley, Environmental Science & Data Science

Akshay is working at Proctor on wastewater-based modeling to monitor and anticipate COVID-19 spread, He’s also studying the inequities of wastewater-based epidemiology and COVID-19 testing. If Akshay could be any animal, he would be a great-horned owl.