Marcello Pagano
Primary Faculty

Marcello Pagano

Professor of Statistical Computing



Professor Pagano obtained a Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins University and has spent the last 35 years on the faculty at the Harvard School Public Health teaching biostatistics and advising students. His research in biostatistics continues to be on compute intensive inference and surveillance methods that involve screening methodologies, with their associated laboratory tests, and in obtaining more accurate testing results that use existing technologies. The accuracy of these screening tests is important-for example to maintain the integrity of the nation's blood supply-and it is doubly beneficial if these methods are also cheaper to implement; thus more testing can be done. This can mean a safer blood supply, for example.

His interests extend to the quantitative aspects of Monitoring and Evaluation, especially as they are applied in resource poor settings, and are brought to bear to improve the quality of health services to all.


Multidrug-resistant tuberculosis treatment failure detection depends on monitoring interval and microbiological method.

Mitnick CD, White RA, Lu C, Rodriguez CA, Bayona J, Becerra MC, Burgos M, Centis R, Cohen T, Cox H, D'Ambrosio L, Danilovitz M, Falzon D, Gelmanova IY, Gler MT, Grinsdale JA, Holtz TH, Keshavjee S, Leimane V, Menzies D, Migliori GB, Milstein MB, Mishustin SP, Pagano M, Quelapio MI, Shean K, Shin SS, Tolman AW, van der Walt ML, Van Deun A, Viiklepp P.

Eur Respir J. 2016 10. 48(4):1160-1170. PMID: 27587552


Global child TB infection estimates doubled

Approximately one million children contract tuberculosis (TB) annually, with 32,000 suffering from a multi-drug resistant (MDR) strain, according to a new study by Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) researchers and colleagues. These findings are double previous childhood…

New HSPH online edX course will reach worldwide audience

October 3, 2012 -- Quantitative Methods Course Teaches Building Blocks of Public Health Research It’s time for biostatistics and epidemiology class. The professor is discussing Scotsman James Lind, who, in the mid-1700s, conducted one of the first-ever clinical experiments.…