Faculty News


Caroline BuckeeCaroline Buckee, associate professor of epidemiology and associate director of the Center for Communicable Disease Dynamics, received the 2019 Alice Hamilton Award at a ceremony at the School in April. Presented by the Committee on the Advancement of Women Faculty, the award recognizes impact in public health and future promise. Buckee’s work focuses on using big data and mathematical models to study the spread of infectious diseases. She was also recognized in June by Malaria No More as a “10 to END” innovator in the fight against malaria for her work using mobile phones as a public health tool.

Diana CeballosDiana Ceballos, a visiting scientist in the Department of Environmental Health, was part of a team presented with the Bullard-Sherwood r2p Award in the Knowledge category at the 2019 NIOSH Science Awards in April. Ceballos and her colleagues were recognized for their work integrating Wikipedia into occupational health classes as a platform for student work.

Edward GiovannucciEdward Giovannucci, professor of nutrition and epidemiology, was awarded the AACR-American Cancer Society Award for Research Excellence in Cancer Epidemiology and Prevention at its annual meeting in April. He was recognized for his work defining the role of molecular, 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.

Sebastien HaneuseSebastien Haneuse, associate professor of biostatistics, was elected a fellow of the American Statistical Association in July. He was recognized for his “outstanding contributions to statistical methods and applications for analysis of complex observational studies,” and for his collaborations, teaching, and mentorship.

Bethany Hedt-GauthierBethany Hedt-Gauthier, associate professor in the Department of Biostatistics, received the Velji Global Health Education Award at the annual Consortium of Universities for Global Health Conference in March. She was recognized for her work training clinical researchers in Rwanda.

Miguel HernánMiguel Hernán, Kolokotrones Professor of Biostatistics and Epidemiology, was elected a fellow of the American Statistical Association. He was recognized at a ceremony in July for “outstanding contributions to methodological research in causal inference with substantive applications to address important public health and clinical problems,” and for teaching and mentorship.

Will MairWilliam Mair, associate professor of genetics and complex diseases, received the 2019 Armen H. Tashjian Jr. Award for Excellence in Endocrine Research at a ceremony at the School in May. The award recognizes promising young faculty members and fellows who are pursuing innovative research ideas in basic biomedical sciences. Mair’s research focuses on the basic biology of the aging process.

Vikram PatelVikram Patel, professor in the Department of Global Health and Population at the Harvard Chan School and Pershing Square Professor of Global Health in the Blavatnik Institute at Harvard Medical School (HMS), received the 2019 John Dirks Canada Gairdner Global Health Award for his pioneering work in global mental health. Patel’s achievement was celebrated at a reception in April at HMS.

Eric RubinEric Rubin, chair of the Department of Immunology and Infectious Diseases and the Irene Heinz Given Professor of Immunology and Infectious Diseases, was named editor-in-chief of the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) in June. Rubin is an esteemed scientist who has focused much of his research on Mycobacterium tuberculosis, the pathogen that causes human tuberculosis. He is the author of 147 scientific articles and has been an associate editor of NEJM since 2012.

Michael VanRooyenMichael VanRooyen was selected in March by the Center for Strategic and International Studies to join its Task Force on Humanitarian Access. This diverse group of leaders from across the humanitarian space aims to develop concrete policy recommendations to improve aid delivery while bringing humanitarian access issues to the forefront of foreign policy debate. VanRooyen is the Lavine Family Professor of Humanitarian Studies, professor in the Department of Global Health and Population, and director of the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative.

Marianne Wessling-ResnickMarianne Wessling-Resnick, professor of nutritional biochemistry, received the Committee on the Advancement of Women Faculty’s Mentoring Award at the 2019 Alice Hamilton Award ceremony in April.

David WilliamsDavid R. Williams, the Florence Sprague Norman and Laura Smart Norman Professor of Public Health and chair of the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences at the Harvard Chan School, and professor of African and African American studies and sociology at Harvard University, was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in April. Election recognizes “distinguished and continuing achievements in original research.” Williams is an internationally renowned social scientist focused on social influences on health.

Appointments & Promotions

Andrew Beam, assistant professor of epidemiology

Douglas Brownfield, Mark and Catherine Winkler Assistant Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology

Kyu Ha Lee, assistant professor of integrative genomic epidemiology

Shruthi Mahalingaiah, assistant professor of environmental reproductive and women’s health

Josiemer Mattei, Donald and Sue Pritzker Associate Professor of Nutrition

Carmen Messerlian, assistant professor of environmental reproductive, perinatal, and pediatric epidemiology

Michael Mina, assistant professor of epidemiology

Jay Mitchell, professor of genetics and complex diseases

Rachel Nethery, assistant professor of biostatistics

Muhammad Ali Pate, Julio Frenk Professor of Public Health Leadership

Shoba Ramanadhan, assistant professor of social and behavioral sciences

Rick Siegrist, senior lecturer on health care management

Benjamin Sommers, professor of health policy and economics

Briana Stephenson, assistant professor of biostatistics

Delia Wolf, senior lecturer on health policy and management

Amy Roeder