Prof. George Christakos

Department of Geography

Environmental Health & Medical Geography Program

San Diego State University, USA

Distinguished Professor



1990 M.A., Harvard University, Cambridge, USA: Ph.D. in Applied Sciences

1982 M.A., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, USA: M.S. in Civil & Environmental Engineering

1980 M.S., University of Birmingham, Birmingham, UK: in Geoscience

1979 National Technical University of Athens, Greece: Diplom (Honors) in Civil Engineering

Publications (selected)

  1. Christakos G. and Vyas V., 1998. "A novel method for studying population health impacts of spatiotemporal ozone distribution." Social Science & Medicine D: Medical Geography, 47(8): 1051-1066.
  2. Christakos G. and Lai J., 1997. "A study of the breast cancer dynamics in North Carolina." Social Science & Medicine D: Medical Geography, 45(10): 1503-1517.
  3. Wang J. F., Christakos G., Han W. G., and Meng B., 2008. “Data-driven exploration of ‘spatial pattern-time process-driving forces’ associations of SARS epidemic in Beijing, China.” J. Public Health, 122: 1-11. [DOI:10.1093/pubmed/fdn023].
  4. Christakos G., Olea R.A. and Yu H-L, 2007. "Recent results on the spatiotemporal modelling and comparative analysis of Black Death and bubonic plague epidemics". J. Public Health, 121: 700-720.
  5. Choi K-M, Christakos G. and Wilson M. L., 2006. "El Niño effects on influenza mortality risks in the State of California". J. Public Health, 120: 505-516.
  6. Angulo J. M., Yu H-L, Langousis A., Kolovos A., Wang J-F, Madrid D., and Christakos G., 2013. "Spatiotemporal infectious disease modeling: a BME-SIR approach". PLoS-One, 8(9): e72168.
  7. Wang J-F, Hu M-G, Xu C-D, Christakos G, Zhao Y, 2012. “Estimation of citywide air pollution in Beijing.” PLoS-One, 8(1) e53400. Doi:10.1371/ journal.pone.0053400.
  8. Wang J-F, Reis B. Y., Hu M-G, Christakos G., Yang W-Z, Sun Q, Li Z-J, Li X-Z, Lai S-J, Chen H., 2011. “Area Disease Estimation Based on Sentinel Hospital Records.” PLoS-One, 6(8): e23428.
  9. Wang J-F, Wang Y., Zhang J., Christakos G., Sun J-L, Liu X., Lu L., Fu X-Q, Shi Y-Q, Li X-M, 2013. “Spatiotemporal transmission and risk determinants of Typhoid and Paratyphoidfever in Hongta District, China.” PLoS-Neglected Tropical Diseases, 7(3): e2112. [Doi:10.1371/journal.pntd.0002112].
  10. Law D. G., Serre M. L., Christakos G., Leone P. A. and Miller W. C., 2004. "Spatial analysis and mapping of sexually transmitted diseases to optimize intervention and prevention strategies." J. of Sexually Transmitted Infections, 80: 294-299.
  11. Yu, H-L, C-H Wang, J-C Chen, and G. Christakos. 2008. “Accuracy assessment of long-term exposure estimation using modern geostatistics.” Epidemiology, 19(6): S243.
  12. Choi K-M, Serre M. L. and Christakos G., 2003. "Efficient mapping of California mortality fields at different spatial scales." J. of Exposure Analysis & Environmental Epidemiology, 13(2): 120-133.
  13. Christakos G. and Serre M. L., 2000. "A spatiotemporal study of exposure-health effect associations." J. of Exposure Analysis & Environmental Epidemiology, 10(2): 168-187.
  14. Christakos G. and Kolovos A., 1999. "A study of the spatiotemporal health impacts of ozone exposure." J. of Exposure Analysis & Environmental Epidemiology, 9(4): 322-335.
  15. Serre M. L., Kolovos A., Christakos G. and Modis K., 2003. "An application of the holistochastic human exposure methodology to naturally occurring arsenic in Bangladesh drinking water". Risk Analysis, 23(3): 515-528.
  16. Kolovos A., Angulo J.M., Modis K., Papantonopoulos G., Wang J.-F., and Christakos G., 2012. “Model-Driven development of covariances for spatiotemporal environmental health assessment.” Environmental Monitoring & Assessment, 185: 815–831 [DOI: 10.1007/s10661-012-2593-1].
  17. Yu H-L, Angulo J. M., Cheng M-H, Wu J., and Christakos G., 2014. "An online spatiotemporal prediction model for dengue fever epidemic in Kaohsiung (Taiwan)." Biometrical Journal, 56: On-line first [DOI: 10.1002/bimj.201200270].
  18. Wang J.F., Liu X., Christakos G., Liao Y-L, Gu X. and Zheng X-Y, 2009. "Assessing local determinants of neural tube defects in the Heshun region, Shanxi province, China." BMC Public Health, 10: 52 [DOI: 10.1186/1471-2458-10-52].
  19. Yu H-L, Chen J-C, Christakos G. and Jerrett M., 2009. “BME estimation of residential exposure to ambient PM10 and ozone at multiple time-scales”. Environmental Health Perspectives, 117: 537-544.
  20. Olea R.A. and Christakos G., 2005. "Duration of urban mortality for the 14th century Black Death epidemic”. Human Biology, 77(3): 291-303.
  21. Wang J-F, Guo Y-S, Christakos G, Yang W-Z, Liao Y-L, Li Z-J, Li X-Z, Lai S-J, Chen H-Y, 2011. “Hand, foot and mouth disease: Spatiotemporal transmission and climate.” International J. of Health Geographics, 10(25).
  22. Yu H-L and Christakos G., 2006. “Spatiotemporal modelling and mapping of the bubonic plague epidemic in India.” International J. of Health Geographics, 5(12).
  23. Wang J-F, Li L-F and Christakos G., 2009. “Sampling and Kriging spatial means: Efficiency and Conditions”. Sensors, 9: 5224-5240 [DOI:10.3390/s90705224].
  24. Angulo J. M., Yu H-L, Langousis A., Madrid D., and Christakos G., 2012. “Modeling of space-time infectious disease spread under conditions of uncertainty”. International Journal of Geographical Information Science, 26(10):1751-1772 [DOI:10.1080/13658816.2011.648642].
  25. Wang J-F, Li X-H, Christakos G., Liao Y-L, Zhang T., Gu X. and Zheng X-Y, 2010. “Geographical detectors-based health risk assessment and its application in the Neural Tube Defects study of the Heshun Region, China”. International Journal of Geographical Information Science, 24(1): 107-127.

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