Brent Coull

Brent Coull

Professor of Biostatistics


Other Positions

Associate Chair, Department of Biostatistics


Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Faculty Affiliate in the Department of Environmental Health

Environmental Health

Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health


Dr. Coull's current research interests fall into the broad areas of categorical data analysis and semiparametric regression modeling. Recent topics in the analysis of categorical data include capture-recapture mixture models, random effect models for multiple discrete binary outcomes, confidence intervals for a binomial proportion, and order-restricted methods for stratified contingency tables. In the area of semiparametric regression modeling, he has focused on the development of such models for complex data structures often encountered in public health settings, such as cross-over and longitudinal settings.

Dr. Coull is also involved in collaborative research in environmental health. Current projects focus on the health effects of air pollution and the interrelationship between the microbial community and pollutants in the New Bedford Harbor area.


DNAm-based signatures of accelerated aging and mortality in blood are associated with low renal function.

Matías-García PR, Ward-Caviness CK, Raffield LM, Gao X, Zhang Y, Wilson R, Gào X, Nano J, Bostom A, Colicino E, Correa A, Coull B, Eaton C, Hou L, Just AC, Kunze S, Lange L, Lange E, Lin X, Liu S, Nwanaji-Enwerem JC, Reiner A, Shen J, Schöttker B, Vokonas P, Zheng Y, Young B, Schwartz J, Horvath S, Lu A, Whitsel EA, Koenig W, Adamski J, Winkelmann J, Brenner H, Baccarelli AA, Gieger C, Peters A, Franceschini N, Waldenberger M.

Clin Epigenetics. 2021 Jun 02. 13(1):121. PMID: 34078457


PFASs exposure linked to increased type 2 diabetes risk

Coming on the heels of a recent Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health study showing an association between exposure to PFASs and obesity, a new paper by Harvard Chan School researchers and colleagues found that higher baseline…