Marc Lipsitch

Marc Lipsitch

Professor of Epidemiology


Other Positions

Faculty Affiliate in the Department of Immunology and Infectious Diseases

Immunology and Infectious Diseases

Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health


I am Professor of Epidemiology with primary appointment in the Department of Epidemiology and an affiliated appointment in the Department of Immunology and Infectious Diseases, where my wet lab is located. I direct the Center for Communicable Disease Dynamics, a center of excellence funded by the MIDAS program of NIH/NIGMS. I am also the Associate Director of the Interdisciplinary Concentration in Infectious Disease Epidemiology.

B.A., 1991, Philosophy
Yale University

D.Phil, 1995, Zoology
University of Oxford


Investigate the origins of COVID-19.

Bloom JD, Chan YA, Baric RS, Bjorkman PJ, Cobey S, Deverman BE, Fisman DN, Gupta R, Iwasaki A, Lipsitch M, Medzhitov R, Neher RA, Nielsen R, Patterson N, Stearns T, van Nimwegen E, Worobey M, Relman DA.

Science. 2021 05 14. 372(6543):694. PMID: 33986172


New method accurately reflects hotspots in epidemics

Monitoring epidemics is essential for understanding how well public health interventions are working and where to distribute extra resources  For immediate release: Thursday, June 3, 2021 Boston, MA – A new method to monitor epidemics like COVID-19 gives…

Hard lessons in the midst of hope

COVID-19 vaccines are rolling out, but variants continue to spread and public health systems around the world remain strained. Experts from across the Harvard Chan School reflect on the pandemic and what it means for the future of…

Marc Lipsitch named to expert COVID planning group

Marc Lipsitch, professor of epidemiology and director of the Center for Communicable Disease Dynamics at Harvard Chan School, is joining an expert planning group aimed at laying the groundwork for discovering and preserving lessons of the COVID-19 pandemic.