Erin K. Lake
Primary Faculty

Erin K. Lake

Lecturer on Biostatistics


Other Positions

Co-Director, Master of Science in Biostatistics Program and Director of Student Development


Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health


Dr. Erin (Kammann) Lake is Lecturer on Biostatistics, Director of the Master's in Biostatistics (SM BIO) Programs, and the department lead on career and student development efforts within the Department of Biostatistics at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health at Harvard University.

Dr. Lake teaches, mentors and advises graduate students in the Department of Biostatistics at Harvard, and in the courses she teaches at HSPH. Recent courses include BST 210 Applied Regression Analysis (for doctoral and master’s students at HSPH) and BST 254 Special Topics in Biostatistics (co-taught, for doctoral students).

Dr. Lake’s early training was in theoretical mathematics, and later in biostatistics. Her interests and work began in the area of difference and differential equations, and ultimately, after developing methods toward the mathematical modeling of Lyme disease, evolved into the methodological development of topics ranging from mixed and additive models in disease mapping, to dynamic randomizations, and special cases of the Andersen-Gill formulation of the Cox model in clinical trials.

Funded by a National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) training grant awarded by the Department of Biostatistics at HSPH, Dr. Lake studied HIV and infectious disease during her doctoral work, and ultimately disease mapping, funded by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS).

Dr. Lake is the recipient of the 2022 Dean's Award for Scientific Advancement (Pedagogy).

Currently Dr. Lake pursues both methodological and applied research across a myriad of public health problems.


Geoadditive Models

Kammann, EE & Wand, MP.

Journal of the Royal Statistical Society. 2003. 52(Series C):1-18.