Epi in the News

Awards and Announcements



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.


Emma McGee ‘20 is a Master of Science student concentrating in cancer epidemiology and cancer prevention. She aims to use molecular epidemiology and causal inference methods to investigate the etiology and outcomes of cancer.

Anna Lynn-Palevsky ‘20 is a Master of Science student concentrating in the epidemiology of aging with a research focus on healthy aging. Before starting at the Harvard Chan School, she worked as a research assistant for the science and technology company Dascena.

Eva Rumpler ‘20 is a Master of Science student concentrating in infectious disease epidemiology. Before starting at the Harvard Chan School, she earned her Master of Science in fundamental biology for health from École Normale Supérieure in Paris, France.


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




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”.



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”.



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




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




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.

Project Title: Deconvolution and Reconstruction of Immune Histories to Enhance Infectious Disease Prevention and Vaccination Strategies and Optimize Surveillance Efforts



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.



Congratulations to Andrew Beam! He 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.”



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




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, 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’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.



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




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.



Lorelei Mucci Director of the Cancer Epidemiology and Cancer Prevention Program was featured in a May 13, 2019, article from MIT News noted that the discovery suggests a possible way to more accurately predict a patient’s prognosis. See the article here. Read the MIT News article: Measuring chromosome imbalance could clarify cancer prognosis.




Caroline Buckee honoree for Malaria No More

Congratulations to Joshua Gagne! He 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


Congratulations to Edward L. Giovannucci for receiving 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. Dr. Giovannucci will deliver his award lecture titled “Diet, Physical Activity, Metabolic Health and Cancer Prevention,” Tuesday, April 2, 2019 during the AACR Annual Meeting 2019 at the Georgia World Congress Center.


On July 1, 2019, the Department of Epidemiology welcomed Andrew Beam, PhD as an assistant professor, with secondary appointments in the Department of Biomedical Informatics at Harvard Medical School and the Department of Newborn Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Learn more about Dr. Beam and his research plans in his Q&A.



The Department of Epidemiology welcomes Dr Michael Mina who has been appointed to the Harvard Chan School’s faculty as Assistant Professor of Epidemiology effective July 1st, 2019. Dr Mina comes to us from a clinical pathology residency at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School where he was Chief Resident in Pathology as well as a clinical research fellowship in the Department of Genetics at HMS. Check out his Q&A to learn more about him.



A big welcome to Andrew Beam who officially joined the Epi Department as Assistant Professor effective July 1st, 2019. Andrew Beam, PhD is an assistant professor in the Department of Epidemiology at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, with secondary appointments in the Department of Biomedical Informatics at Harvard Medical School and the Department of Newborn Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. He received a Pioneer Award from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation for his work on medical artificial intelligence. His research develops and applies machine-learning methods to extract meaningful insights from massive clinical and biological datasets. Check out his Q&A to learn more about him.

Congratulations to Caroline Buckee who is the recipient of 2019 Alice Hamilton Award and Lecture given each year by the Committee on the Advancement of Women Faculty (CAWF), Harvard Chan School. Launched on 2011, the Alice Hamilton Award and Lecture, recognizes an especially promising junior woman investigator in public health whose work has already made a significant impact. The lecture and ceremony will be on April 24, 2:30-4:15pm. Click here to read about it!


Congratulations Spring 2019 Rose Traveling Fellows!

Congratulations to the Spring 2019 Rose Traveling Fellows: Benjamin Fu: Epidemiology, Elizabeth Hentschel: Biostats, Pamela Martinez Vargas: Epidemiology, Christine Tedijanto: Epidemiology, Jiaxi Yang: Epidemiology