William P. Hanage
Associate Professor

William P. Hanage

Associate Professor of Epidemiology

Epidemiology

whanage@hsph.harvard.edu


Overview

I am an Associate Professor of Epidemiology in the department of Epidemiology, and a faculty member in the Center for Communicable Disease Dynamics. I employ a mix of theoretical and laboratory work to research the evolution and epidemiology of infectious disease. After my PhD, I did post doctoral study at the University of Oxford and Imperial College London, before being awarded a Royal Society University Research Fellowship. Prior to joining the Center for Communicable Disease Dynamics, I was a Reader in the department of Infectious Disease Epidemiology at Imperial College London. There I worked extensively developing multilocus sequence typing (MLST; www.mlst.net) and analysis (MLSA) for the study of bacterial pathogens and species, as well as means of analyzing data developed using this method. I am particularly interested in using an evolutionary framework such as methods derived from population genetics to inform epidemiology. In 2012 I received the Fleming Prize for research in Microbiology and was the recipient of a 2012 ICAAC Young Investigator Award from the American Society for Microbiology.


Bibliography

Combining genomic and epidemiological data to compare the transmissibility of SARS-CoV-2 lineages.

Petrone ME, Rothman JE, Breban MI, Ott IM, Russell A, Lasek-Nesselquist E, Kelly K, Omerza G, Renzette N, Watkins AE, Kalinich CC, Alpert T, Brito AF, Earnest R, Tikhonova IR, Castaldi C, Kelly JP, Shudt M, Plitnick J, Schneider E, Murphy S, Neal C, Laszlo E, Altajar A, Pearson C, Muyombwe A, Downing R, Razeq J, Niccolai L, Wilson MS, Anderson ML, Wang J, Liu C, Hui P, Mane S, Taylor BP, Hanage WP, Landry ML, Peaper DR, Bilguvar K, Fauver JR, Vogels CBF, Gardner LM, Pitzer VE, George KS, Adams MD, Grubaugh ND.

medRxiv. 2021 Jul 02. PMID: 34230938


News

The danger of the Delta variant

The Delta variant of the coronavirus has been spreading rapidly throughout the U.S. and worldwide. Epidemiologist William Hanage discusses the threat.