Last Name

Jessica Leibler, DrPH, MS

TitleAssistant Professor
InstitutionBoston University School of Public Health
DepartmentEnvironmental Health
Address715 Albany St Talbot Building
Boston MA 02118
Phone(617) 638-7674
ORCID ORCID Icon0000-0002-0605-0928
 Awards and Honors

2005-2010Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health: Sommer Scholar
2005-2008National Science Foundation: Graduate Research Fellow
2013Boston University School of Public Health: Excellence in Teaching for Introduction to Epidemiology (spring)
2013Boston University School of Public Health: Excellence in Teaching for Introduction to Epidemiology (summer)
 Research Expertise & Professional Interests
Jessica H. Leibler, DrPH ScM is an environmental epidemiologist in the Department of Environmental Health at BUSPH, and her research focuses on environmental exposures experienced by disadvantaged populations in the US, including agricultural workers and the homeless. Her work has two central themes: environmental transmission of pathogens through food systems, and environmental exposures experienced by the urban poor in the US. Dr. Leibler is currently leading a study of antibiotic resistant bacterial carriage among industrial food animal workers in the Midwestern US and transmission of zoonotic bacterial infections from workers to the community. She has published studies identifying risk of avian influenza infection among industrial poultry workers and farm-to-farm transmission risk of avian influenza in the US. Dr. Leibler is the PI on a new study on nasal carriage of MRSA among the urban homeless in Boston. Dr. Leibler is actively engaged in teaching and mentoring students, and teaches the Introduction to Epidemiology (EP713) and Infectious Disease Epidemiology (EP755) courses at SPH. Prior to joining the faculty at BU, Dr. Leibler held a research appointment in the Department of Environmental Health at the George Washington University School of Public Health. Dr. Leibler completed her doctoral degree in Environmental Health Sciences at Johns Hopkins University and her master's degree in Health Policy and Management at Harvard University.

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  1. Leibler JH, Zakhour CM, Gadhoke P, Gaeta JM. Zoonotic and Vector-Borne Infections Among Urban Homeless and Marginalized People in the United States and Europe, 1990-2014. Vector Borne Zoonotic Dis. 2016 May 9. PMID: 27159039.
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  2. Leibler JH, Jordan JA, Brownstein K, Lander L, Price LB, Perry MJ. Staphylococcus aureus Nasal Carriage among Beefpacking Workers in a Midwestern United States Slaughterhouse. PLoS One. 2016; 11(2):e0148789. PMID: 26866374.
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  3. Murray KO, Fischer RS, Chavarria D, Duttmann C, Garcia MN, Gorchakov R, Hotez PJ, Jiron W, Leibler JH, Lopez JE, Mandayam S, Marin A, Sheleby J. Mesoamerican nephropathy: a neglected tropical disease with an infectious etiology? Microbes Infect. 2015 Oct; 17(10):671-5. PMID: 26320026.
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  4. Tobin MR, Goldshear JL, Price LB, Graham JP, Leibler JH. A Framework to Reduce Infectious Disease Risk from Urban Poultry in the United States. Public Health Rep. 2015 Jul-Aug; 130(4):380-91. PMID: 26346104.
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  5. Leibler JH, Silbergeld EK, Pekosz A, Gray GC. No evidence of infection with avian influenza viruses among US poultry workers in the Delmarva Peninsula, Maryland and Virginia, USA. J Agromedicine. 2011 Jan; 16(1):52-7. PMID: 21213164.
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  6. Silbergeld E, Davis M, Feingold B, Feingold B, Goldberg A, Graham J, Leibler J, Peterson A, Price LB. New infectious diseases and industrial food animal production. Emerg Infect Dis. 2010 Sep; 16(9):1503; author reply 1504. PMID: 20735951.
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  7. Feingold BJ, Vegosen L, Davis M, Leibler J, Peterson A, Silbergeld EK. A niche for infectious disease in environmental health: rethinking the toxicological paradigm. Environ Health Perspect. 2010 Aug; 118(8):1165-72. PMID: 20385515.
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  8. Leibler JH, Carone M, Silbergeld EK. Contribution of company affiliation and social contacts to risk estimates of between-farm transmission of avian influenza. PLoS One. 2010; 5(3):e9888. PMID: 20360859.
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  9. Leibler JH, Otte J, Roland-Holst D, Pfeiffer DU, Soares Magalhaes R, Rushton J, Graham JP, Silbergeld EK. Industrial food animal production and global health risks: exploring the ecosystems and economics of avian influenza. Ecohealth. 2009 Mar; 6(1):58-70. PMID: 19437076.
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  10. Silbergeld EK, Davis M, Leibler JH, Peterson AE. One reservoir: redefining the community origins of antimicrobial-resistant infections. Med Clin North Am. 2008 Nov; 92(6):1391-407, xi. PMID: 19061758.
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  11. Graham JP, Leibler JH, Price LB, Otte JM, Pfeiffer DU, Tiensin T, Silbergeld EK. The animal-human interface and infectious disease in industrial food animal production: rethinking biosecurity and biocontainment. Public Health Rep. 2008 May-Jun; 123(3):282-99. PMID: 19006971.
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  12. Levy JI, Chemerynski SM, Tuchmann JL. Incorporating concepts of inequality and inequity into health benefits analysis. Int J Equity Health. 2006; 5:2. PMID: 16569243.
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