Research Scientists

Heather J. Ribaudo

Principal Research Scientist




Heather Ribaudo (formerly Heather Beacon) is a Research Scientist at the Center for Biostatistics in AIDS Research (CBAR) and the Department of Biostatistics at Harvard University where she focuses on HIV and AIDS clinical trials research within the AIDS clinical Trials Group (ACTG). Dr. Ribaudo is also the Associate Director of the Biostatistics and Computational Biology core of the Harvard University CFAR.

Dr. Ribaudo received her Ph.D. from the Medical Statistics department of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in 1996. Since joining CBAR as a post-doctoral fellow in 1997, Dr. Ribaudo has been involved in collaborative research in the HIV field and has been responsible for the design, monitoring, and analysis of many specific major NIAID-sponsored HIV clinical trials. Her research interests include the design and analysis of clinical trials in AIDS research particularly the choice, evaluation, and monitoring of surrogate endpoints, HIV-1 resistance, viral dynamics, and human genomics. She is also interested in the application of causal inference analysis for the estimation of treatment effects from observation data in HIV.


Sex Differences in Subclinical Atherosclerosis and Systemic Immune Activation/Inflammation Among People With Human Immunodeficiency Virus in the United States.

Zanni MV, Foldyna B, McCallum S, Burdo TH, Looby SE, Fitch KV, Fulda ES, Autissier P, Bloomfield GS, Malvestutto CD, Fichtenbaum CJ, Overton ET, Aberg JA, Erlandson KM, Campbell TB, Ellsworth GB, Sheth AN, Taiwo B, Currier JS, Hoffmann U, Lu MT, Douglas PS, Ribaudo HJ, Grinspoon SK.

Clin Infect Dis. 2023 01 13. 76(2):323-334. PMID: 36101518

Factors Associated With Systemic Immune Activation Indices in a Global Primary Cardiovascular Disease Prevention Cohort of People With Human Immunodeficiency Virus on Antiretroviral Therapy.

Looby SE, Kantor A, Burdo TH, Currier JS, Fichtenbaum CJ, Overton ET, Aberg JA, Malvestutto CD, Bloomfield GS, Erlandson KM, Cespedes M, Kallas EG, Masi√° M, Thornton AC, Smith MD, Flynn JM, Kileel EM, Fulda E, Fitch KV, Lu MT, Douglas PS, Grinspoon SK, Ribaudo HJ, Zanni MV.

Clin Infect Dis. 2022 10 12. 75(8):1324-1333. PMID: 35235653