Bill Hanage

William Hanage

Associate Professor of Epidemiology

Department of Epidemiology

Contact Information

Kresge Building, Office 506F
677 Huntington Avenue
Boston, Massachusetts 02115


Dr. Hanage employs a mix of theoretical and laboratory work to research the evolution and epidemiology of infectious disease. After his PhD, he engaged in post doctoral study at the University of Oxford and Imperial College London, before being awarded a Royal Society University Research Fellowship. Prior to joining the Center for Communicable Disease Dynamics, he was a Reader in the department of Infectious Disease Epidemiology at Imperial College London.


Dr. Hanage has worked extensively developing multilocus sequence typing (MLST; and analysis (MLSA) for the study of bacterial pathogens and species, as well as means of analyzing data developed using this method. Along with his more theoretical projects he has worked on both bacterial (Neisseria, Streptococci) and viral pathogens (HIV-1, H1N1 influenza). He is particularly interested in using an evolutionary framework such as methods derived from population genetics to inform epidemiology. He has acted as an advisor to Glaxo SmithKline and the World Health Organisation. He is the winner of the 2012 Fleming Prize for research in Microbiology and the recipient of a 2012 ICAAC Young Investigator Award from the American Society for Microbiology.