Elaine Nsoesie, PhD
Associate Professor
Boston University School of Public Health
Dept of Global Health

PhD, Virginia Tech
MS, Virginia Tech

Dr. Nsoesie applies data science methodologies to global health problems, using digital data and technology to improve health, particularly in the realm of surveillance of chronic and infectious diseases. She has also been appointed as a BU Data Science Faculty Fellow, as part of the BU Data Science Initiative at the Hariri Institute for Computing. The Data Science Faculty Fellows program assembles a cluster of uniquely talented faculty whose expertise transcends traditional disciplinary boundaries to enable fundamental advances in data science.

Dr. Nsoesie completed her PhD in Computational Epidemiology from the Genetics, Bioinformatics and Computational Biology program at Virginia Tech, and her PhD dissertation, Sensitivity Analysis and Forecasting in Network Epidemiology Models, at the Network Dynamics and Simulations Science Lab at Virginia Tech BioComplexity Institute. After postdoctoral associate positions at Harvard Medical School and Boston Children’s Hospital, Dr. Nsoesie joined the faculty of the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) at the University of Washington.

Founding Assistant Professor
Boston University
Computing & Data Sciences Administration

Boston University
Evans Center for Interdisciplinary Biomedical Research

BU Center for Antiracist Research - The Racial Data Tracker
09/01/2020 - 08/31/2022 (PI)
The Ford Foundation

Personnel Agreement for Research Services of Elaine Nsoesie
08/09/2021 - 08/08/2022 (PI)
NIH/Office of the Director

Assessing the representativeness and quality of social media data from Twitter for its usefulness in public health research -- Transfer Grant
01/15/2019 - 10/14/2019 (PI)
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation


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  1. Hernandez MA, Modi S, Mittal K, Dwivedi P, Nguyen QC, Cesare NL, Nsoesie EO. Diet During the COVID-19 Pandemic: An Analysis of Twitter Data. Patterns (N Y). 2022 Jun 15; 100547.View Related Profiles. PMID: 35721836; PMCID: PMC9197791; DOI: 10.1016/j.patter.2022.100547;
  2. Abdalla SM, Hernandez M, Fazaludeen Koya S, Rosenberg SB, Robbins G, Magana L, Nsoesie EO, Sabin L, Galea S. What matters for health? Public views from eight countries. BMJ Glob Health. 2022 Jun; 7(6).View Related Profiles. PMID: 35705225
  3. Tizzoni M, Nsoesie EO, Gauvin L, Karsai M, Perra N, Bansal S. Addressing the socioeconomic divide in computational modeling for infectious diseases. Nat Commun. 2022 May 24; 13(1):2897. PMID: 35610237; PMCID: PMC9130127; DOI: 10.1038/s41467-022-30688-8;
  4. Holtzman GS, A Khoshkhoo N, Nsoesie EO. The Racial Data Gap: Lack of Racial Data as a Barrier to Overcoming Structural Racism. Am J Bioeth. 2022 03; 22(3):39-42. PMID: 35258425
  5. Ghassemi M, Nsoesie EO. In medicine, how do we machine learn anything real? Patterns (N Y). 2022 Jan 14; 3(1):100392. PMID: 35079713; PMCID: PMC8767288; DOI: 10.1016/j.patter.2021.100392;
  6. Maharana A, Amutorine M, Sengeh MD, Nsoesie EO. COVID-19 and beyond: Use of digital technology for pandemic response in Africa. Sci Afr. 2021 Nov; 14:e01041. PMID: 34746524; PMCID: PMC8565093; DOI: 10.1016/j.sciaf.2021.e01041;
  7. Fatal police violence by race and state in the USA, 1980-2019: a network meta-regression. Lancet. 2021 10 02; 398(10307):1239-1255. PMID: 34600625; PMCID: PMC8485022; DOI: 10.1016/S0140-6736(21)01609-3;
  8. Sadilek A, Liu L, Nguyen D, Kamruzzaman M, Serghiou S, Rader B, Ingerman A, Mellem S, Kairouz P, Nsoesie EO, MacFarlane J, Vullikanti A, Marathe M, Eastham P, Brownstein JS, Arcas BAY, Howell MD, Hernandez J. Privacy-first health research with federated learning. NPJ Digit Med. 2021 Sep 07; 4(1):132. PMID: 34493770; PMCID: PMC8423792; DOI: 10.1038/s41746-021-00489-2;
  9. Oladeji O, Zhang C, Moradi T, Tarapore D, Stokes AC, Marivate V, Sengeh MD, Nsoesie EO. Monitoring Information-Seeking Patterns and Obesity Prevalence in Africa With Internet Search Data: Observational Study. JMIR Public Health Surveill. 2021 04 29; 7(4):e24348.View Related Profiles. PMID: 33913815; PMCID: PMC8120431; DOI: 10.2196/24348;
  10. Nsoesie EO, Oladeji O, Abah ASA, Ndeffo-Mbah ML. Forecasting influenza-like illness trends in Cameroon using Google Search Data. Sci Rep. 2021 03 24; 11(1):6713. PMID: 33762599; PMCID: PMC7991669; DOI: 10.1038/s41598-021-85987-9;
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The Pain Was Unbearable. So Why Did Doctors Turn Her Away?

WIRED 8/11/2021

Does the US have to wear masks again for the Delta variant of Covid?

The Guardian 8/5/2021

Spreading Like a Virus: False Rumor That 5G Causes COVID-19

SciTechDaily 1/20/2021

5G doesn’t cause COVID-19, but the myth spread quickly

Futurity 1/8/2021

Recognizing Miscarriage as an Occasion for Grief

The New York Times 10/19/2020

What We Ask About Coronavirus in Africa

Think Global Health 6/24/2020

The Pandemic and the Protests Are Mirror Images

WIRED 6/10/2020

Satellite date suggests coronavirus may have hit China earlier: Researchers

ABC News 6/8/2020

Protesting Racism Versus Risking COVID-19: ‘I Wouldn’t Weigh These Crises Separately’

NPR 6/1/2020

COVID-19 Project: The Nigerian effort against the pandemic (

Medium Elemental 4/21/2020

COVID-19 Project: The Nigerian Effort Against the Pandemic

Medium Elemental 4/21/2020

Black Americans Face Alarming Rates of Coronavirus Infection in Some States

The New York Times 4/7/2020

Coronavirus Live Updates: Trump Effectively Ousts Top Watchdog for Relief Funds

The New York Times 4/7/2020

How to Spot a Covid-19 Carpetbagger, and an Expert

WIRED 4/5/2020

Can Social Media Predict When You’ll Die?

Futurity 10/1/2019

Can Social Media Predict When You’ll Die?

BU Today 9/27/2019

Tweets Show How Different U.S. Regions Like to Exercise

Futurity 8/27/2019

Twitter Data Shows Who Is Hitting the Gym

BU Today 8/21/2019

Researchers Train AI To Spot Potentially Unsafe Food Products On Amazon

Tech Times 8/8/2019

Social media chatter reveals county-level male v. female exercise patterns

AI In Healthcare 7/19/2019

Researchers use Twitter and AI to see who is hitting the gym

Science Daily 7/18/2019

Researchers use Twitter and artificial intelligence to see who’s exercising

News Medical 7/18/2019

Artificial intelligence could revolutionize medical care. But don’t trust it to read your x-ray just yet

Science Magazine 6/17/2019

Surveillance for the public good

The Boston Globe 9/23/2018

2016 MAPRS Distinguished IMSD Alumni Award
2009-2013 Southern Regional Educational Board Fellowship
2009-2011 NIH - Virginia Tech: Initiative to Maximize Student Diversity (IMSD) Fellowship
2009 NIH Intramural Research Training Award (IRTA)
2007 NIH Intramural Research Training Award (IRTA)
2007 University of Maryland, College Park (UMCP): Emerging Scholar Award, STAND Program
2006-2007 UMCP: Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) Scholar
2006-2007 UMCP: Computer Science, Engineering and Mathematics (CSEM) Scholar
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