Helen Jenkins, PhD
Assistant Professor
Boston University School of Public Health
Dept of Biostatistics

PhD, Imperial College London
MSc, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine

Helen Jenkins was selected as a Rafik Hariri Institute Junior Faculty Fellow beginning in Fall 2017. Helen has a M.Sc. in Biostatistics from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and a Ph.d. in Infectious Disease Epidemiology from Imperial College, London. She is interested in novel ways to analyze data that can have a public health impact in the field of infectious diseases. In recent years, she has focused on tuberculosis including developing new estimates of pediatric TB incidence and mortality, and spatial methods to understand geographic heterogeneity of TB.

New approaches to optimizing the application and measuring the impact of community-based tuberculosis interventions
08/23/2019 - 05/31/2024 (Subcontract PI)
The Brigham and Women's Hospital, Inc. NIH NIMHD

New approaches to optimizing the application and measuring the impact of community-based tuberculosis interventions
08/23/2019 - 05/31/2024 (Subcontract PI)
The Brigham and Women's Hospital, Inc. NIH NIMHD

Evaluating the tuberculosis epidemic in South Africa using a novel ten year national cohort
04/01/2020 - 03/31/2021 (Subcontract PI)
WITS Health Consortium (PTY) LTD NIH NIAID

Tracking drug-resistant tuberculosis patients through time in South Africa
02/01/2019 - 01/31/2021 (PI)
NIH/National Institute of Allergy & Infectious Diseases

Providence/Boston CFAR Developmental Award: Counting Kids: Enhancing Detection of Pediatric Tuberculosis in Ukraine
06/25/2018 - 06/24/2020 (Subcontract PI)
The Miriam Hospital NIH NIAID

Understanding the spatial heterogeneity of drug resistant tuberculosis
06/06/2013 - 01/31/2019 (PI)
NIH/National Institute of Allergy & Infectious Diseases


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  1. Ma Y, Jenkins HE, Sebastiani P, Ellner JJ, Jones-López EC, Dietze R, Horsburgh CR, White LF. Using Cure Models to Estimate the Serial Interval of Tuberculosis With Limited Follow-up. Am J Epidemiol. 2020 Nov 02; 189(11):1421-1426.View Related Profiles. PMID: 32458995
  2. Benedum CM, Shea KM, Jenkins HE, Kim LY, Markuzon N. Weekly dengue forecasts in Iquitos, Peru; San Juan, Puerto Rico; and Singapore. PLoS Negl Trop Dis. 2020 Oct; 14(10):e0008710. PMID: 33064770
  3. Chiang SS, Dolynska M, Rybak NR, Cruz AT, Aibana O, Sheremeta Y, Petrenko V, Mamotenko A, Terleieva I, Horsburgh CR, Jenkins HE. Clinical manifestations and epidemiology of adolescent tuberculosis in Ukraine. ERJ Open Res. 2020 Jul; 6(3).View Related Profiles. PMID: 32964003
  4. Zhou TJ, Lakshminarayanan S, Sarkar S, Knudsen S, Horsburgh CR, Muthaiah M, Kan CK, Salgame P, Ellner JJ, Roy G, Jenkins HE, Hochberg NS. Predictors of Loss to Follow-Up among Men with Tuberculosis in Puducherry and Tamil Nadu, India. Am J Trop Med Hyg. 2020 09; 103(3):1050-1056.View Related Profiles. PMID: 32618243; DOI: 10.4269/ajtmh.19-0415;
  5. Leavitt SV, Lee RS, Sebastiani P, Horsburgh CR, Jenkins HE, White LF. Estimating the relative probability of direct transmission between infectious disease patients. Int J Epidemiol. 2020 06 01; 49(3):764-775.View Related Profiles. PMID: 32211747
  6. Chiang SS, Brooks MB, Jenkins HE, Rubenstein D, Seddon JA, van de Water BJ, Lindeborg MM, Becerra MC, Yuen CM. Concordance of drug resistance profiles between persons with drug-resistant tuberculosis and their household contacts: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Clin Infect Dis. 2020 May 25. PMID: 32448887
  7. McIntosh AI, Jenkins HE, Horsburgh CR, Jones-López EC, Whalen CC, Gaeddert M, Marques-Rodrigues P, Ellner JJ, Dietze R, White LF. Partitioning the risk of tuberculosis transmission in household contact studies. PLoS One. 2019; 14(10):e0223966.View Related Profiles. PMID: 31639145
  8. Garcia-Basteiro AL, Jenkins HE, Rangaka M. The burden of latent multidrug-resistant tuberculosis. Lancet Infect Dis. 2019 08; 19(8):802-803. PMID: 31281060
  9. Bouton TC, Forson A, Kudzawu S, Zigah F, Jenkins H, Bamfo TD, Carter J, Jacobson K, Kwara A. High mortality during tuberculosis retreatment at a Ghanaian tertiary center: a retrospective cohort study. Pan Afr Med J. 2019; 33:111.View Related Profiles. PMID: 31489089
  10. Chiang SS, Sheremeta Y, Padilla RS, Jenkins HE, Horsburgh CR, Petrenko V, Rybak NR. Pediatric Multidrug-resistant Tuberculosis in Kyiv City, Ukraine. J Epidemiol Glob Health. 2019 03; 9(1):56-61.View Related Profiles. PMID: 30932391
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