2019 – 2020


Lorelei Mucci Received The Seidman Prize
Lorelei Mucci

Congratulations to Lorelei Mucci! On May 2nd she was awarded the Seidman Prize for MD Research Mentorship at Harvard-MIT, nominated by incoming doctoral student, Emily Rencsok


Joshua Gagne Received Mentor Award

 Joshua GagneCongratulations to Joshua GagneHe was the recipient of the 2019 Harvard Chan Student Mentoring Award. The selection was based on nominations submitted by students, who wrote about the excellence of his mentoring and the impact he has had on their education at Harvard Chan.The award was presented at the May 28th Commencement Celebration in the Kresge Courtyard.


Spring 2019 Rose Travelling Fellows

 Spring 2019 Rose Travelling Fellows

Congratulations to the Fall 2019 Rose Traveling Fellows: Benjamin Fu: Epi, Elizabeth Hentschel: Biostats​, Pamela Martinez Vargas, Christine Tedijanto and Jiaxi Yang: Epi. 




Edward Giovannucci Receives Award

Edward Giovannucci

Congratulations to Edward Giovannucci who received the AACR-American Cancer Society Award for Research Excellence in Cancer Epidemiology and Prevention “for defining the role of genetic, hormonal, metabolic, and nutritional factors in determining cancer risk and patient survival and for identifying modifiable risk factors and preventive strategies for prostate and colorectal cancer.” 

Fall 2019 Rose Traveling Fellows

Rose Fellowship Awardees Congratulations to the Fall 2019 Rose Traveling Fellows: Linda Harrison: Biostats, Inga Holmdahl: Epidemiology, Gabriel Loewinger: Biostats, and Emma McGee: Epidemiology.



Caroline Buckee Receives Award


Congratulations to Caroline Buckee (Epi) & Daniel Neafsey (IID) for receiving funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation for their project titled “Malaria molecular surveillance in South America”.




New Faculty Appointments

Andrew Beam and Michael Mina

The department welcomed Andrew Beam and Michael Mina as assistant professors of epidemiology on July 1st, 2019.




New Awards

In September 2019 the Dean’s Fund for Scientific Advancement
Incubation Awards​, included the following faculty: ​

Karestan Koenen
Gut microbiome and PTSD in women

Michael Mina
New approaches to antibody based on detection of pathogen exposures

​Andrew Beam Received R61 Grant

Andrew BeamCongratulations to Andrew BeamHe will be a co-investigator (with collaborators from Tufts) on a R61 grant from the National Advisory Neurological Disorders and Stroke Council (NINDS) for project titled “Discovery of the Biomarker Signature for Neuropathic Corneal Pain.”




Michael Mina Received NIH Director’s Early Independence Award
Michael Mina

Congratulations to Michael Mina! He was announced as a recipient of the NIH Director’s Early Independence Award! This is a highly competitive, rare, and prestigious award for individuals who are just beginning their careers as faculty members.




Andrew Beam Receive Award


Congratulations to Andrew Beam for receiving the 2019 TensorFlow Research Award from Google and “Machine Learning for Healthcare” workshop support from Flagship Pioneering.




Photo Michael Mina Featured in Articles

Michael Mina was featured in the Harvard Gazette and New York Times on his new study on how measles depletes the body’s immune memory.


Marc Lipsitch Receives Funding

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Congratulations to Marc Lipsitch for receiving funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention/Carnegie-Mellon University for his project titled “Delphi Influenza Forecasting Center of Excellence”.




Elizabeth Mostofsky Receives Award

Elizabeth Mostofsky

Congratulations to Elizabeth Mostofsky  who received an award from NIH for her project titled: Alcohol and Breast Cancer: Genetic Interactions and Effects of Aromatase Inhibitor Therapy





Jamie Robins Receives Award

Jamie Robins

Congratulations to Jamie Robins who received an award from the Office of Naval Research (HSPH subaward through University of Washington) for his project titled High Dimensional Causal Model Search.




Sandro Galea


Sandro Galea, dean and Robert A. Knox Professor at Boston University School of Public Health, outlined for a Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health audience what he sees as the current state of the epidemiology field, and challenged students in the audience to contribute to building an “epidemiology that matters.” The talk, sponsored by the Department of Epidemiology, was held September 11, 2019.



Atalay Alem


Atalay Alem’s lifelong contributions to the field of mental health in his home country and worldwide, Alem, a professor of psychiatry at Addis Ababa University, was honored with the annual Harvard Award in Psychiatric Epidemiology and Biostatistics. Karestan Koenen, professor of psychiatric epidemiology, presented the award at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health on September 10, 2019.

Michael Mina Featured in NPR

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Dr Michael Mina was featured in NPR article titled: Why The Measles Surge Could Open the Door to a Host of Other Diseases.





Jasmine Hall


Recent graduate Jasmine Hall, SM ’19, wants to know what drives—and what damages—mental and neurological health. Her hometown’s water crisis lends urgency to her work. Check out her article here.



Caroline Buckee honoree for Malaria No More

Caroline Congratulations to Caroline Buckee who was honored as an innovator by Malaria No More for her work showing us that mobile phones are a public health tool.





Lorelei Mucci Promoted to Professor of Epidemiology

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Congratulations to faculty member Lorelei Mucci for her promotion from Associate Professor of Epidemiology to Professor of Epidemiology!






Trichopoulos Fund Recipients


The Dimitrios Trichopoulos Memorial Fund, created in honor of one of the Department of Epidemiology’s distinguished leaders, Dimitrios Trichopoulos, provides financial support to students who, like Dimitrios, pioneer research dedicated to improving public health and advancing scientific progress.


Marc Lipsitch and the CCDD Announcement

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Marc Lipsitch, professor of epidemiology, and the Center for Communicable Disease Dynamics (CCDD) which he directs, were awarded an unrestricted gift of $900,000 by the Morris-Singer Foundation to support efforts underway now with COVID-19.



Rose Traveling Fellows


Congratulations to the Spring 2020 Rose Epi Traveling Fellows Amantia Ametaj and Mario H. Flores. Amantia Ametaj is a post-doctoral research fellow in neuro-psychiatric epidemiology. Mario H. Flores Torres is a PhD student in population health sciences epidemiology.


Bizu Gelaye – Named One of 50 Changemakers of Public Health


Congratulations to Bizu Gelaye, Assistant Professor in the Department of Epidemiology, who was recognized by the University of Washington as one of 50 alumni changemakers in public health from around the world! Bizu was cited for mentoring a new generation of diverse epidemiologists as a highly-regarded mentor preparing outstanding, diverse public health scientists and leaders.

Marc Lipsitch – Elected to National Academy of Medicine


Congratulations to Marc Lipsitch, Professor of Epidemiology in the Departments of Epidemiology and Immunology and Infectious Diseases! He was recognized for making major immunologic, genomic, and evolutionary advances in understanding pneumococcal biology; contributing to defining influenza seasonality mechanisms; and making large contributions to computational/statistical methods for vaccine evaluation.