Jessica Leibler, DrPH, MS Hear my name
Assistant Professor
Boston University School of Public Health
Dept of Environmental Health

DPH/DrPH, Johns Hopkins University
MS, Harvard School of Public Health
BA, Williams College

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. Her work has two central themes: assessing causes and risk factors for chronic kidney disease of non-traditional origin (CKDnt), specifically among youth Central America; and environmental transmission of pathogens through food systems. Dr. Leibler currently is the PI of a longitudinal cohort study of youth in Central America to study the origins of CKDnt and is engaged on multiple occupational studies in the region. She has studied antibiotic resistant bacterial transmission among industrial food animal workers in the Midwestern United States and the rise of novel zoonotic influenza viruses through animal agriculture, including influenza D virus. Dr. Leibler has also led research on antibiotic resistant bacterial infections and hygiene practices among people experiencing homelessness in Boston and has studied health disparities associated with the COVID-19 pandemic. Dr. Leibler is actively engaged in teaching and mentoring students. In 2017, she was awarded the top award for teaching at BUSPH, the Norman Scotch Award, and she received national recognition for teaching from the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health (ASPPH) as the recipient of the 2017 Early Career Public Health Teaching Award. Dr. Leibler holds a doctoral degree in Environmental Health Sciences from Johns Hopkins University, a master's degree in Health Policy and Management from Harvard University, and a bachelor's degree in political science and environmental studies from Williams College.

Boston University
Evans Center for Interdisciplinary Biomedical Research

THE NINOS Cohort: Children's Kidney Health in a High-Risk Region for CKDu
04/01/2021 - 01/31/2026 (PI)
NIH/National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences

Massachusetts COVID-19 Community Survey Data Analysis
06/09/2021 - 06/30/2022 (PI)
Comm. of Mass./Department of Public Health

Epidemiologic and Genomic Evaluation of Influenza D Among Catlte Workers and Their Community
09/01/2018 - 12/31/2021 (PI)
HHS/CDC/National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health

Early Life Exposures and Mesoamerican Nephropathy: Evaluating Biomarkers of Kidney Injury Kidney Injury Among Nicaraguan Children
07/01/2018 - 06/30/2020 (PI)
Renal Foundation Inigo Alvarez De Toledo

Early Life Exposures and Mesoamerican Nephropathy: Evaluating Biomarkers of Kidney Injury Kidney Injury Among Nicaraguan Children
07/01/2018 - 06/30/2019 (PI)
The Royal Air Force Charitable Trust Enterprises

Tufts Clinical and Translational Science Institute (Tufts CTSI)
05/01/2016 - 04/30/2017 (Subcontract PI)
Trustees of Tufts College, Inc NIH NCATS


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  1. Gerbig GR, Piontkivska H, Smith TC, White R, Mukherjee J, Benson H, Rosenbaum M, Leibler JH. Genetic characterization of Staphylococcus aureus isolated from Norway rats in Boston, Massachusetts. Vet Med Sci. 2023 Jan; 9(1):272-281. PMID: 36524786; DOI: 10.1002/vms3.1020;
  2. Nguyen DD, Whitsel EA, Wellenius GA, Levy JI, Leibler JH, Grady ST, Stewart JD, Fox MP, Collins JM, Eliot MN, Malwitz A, Manson JE, Peters JL. Long-term aircraft noise exposure and risk of hypertension in postmenopausal women. Environ Res. 2023 Feb 01; 218:115037.View Related Profiles. PMID: 36502895; DOI: 10.1016/j.envres.2022.115037;
  3. Leibler JH, Abdelgadir A, Seidel J, White RF, Johnson WE, Reynolds SJ, Gray GC, Schaeffer JW. Influenza D virus exposure among US cattle workers: A call for surveillance. Zoonoses Public Health. 2022 Nov 12. PMID: 36370131; DOI: 10.1111/zph.13008;
  4. Leibler JH, Keogh SA, Jarquín E, Garcia-Trabanino R, Velázquez JJA, Pilarte DL, Beltran M, Delgado IS, Petropoulos ZE, Friedman DJ, Brooks DR, Scammell MK. COVID-19 and CKD: Employment, Food Security and Healthcare in El Salvador. Ann Glob Health. 2022; 88(1):101.View Related Profiles. PMID: 36415326; PMCID: PMC9650984; DOI: 10.5334/aogh.3820;
  5. Spangler KR, Levy JI, Fabian MP, Haley BM, Carnes F, Patil P, Tieskens K, Klevens RM, Erdman EA, Troppy TS, Leibler JH, Lane KJ. Missing Race and Ethnicity Data among COVID-19 Cases in Massachusetts. J Racial Ethn Health Disparities. 2022 Sep 02.View Related Profiles. PMID: 36056195; PMCID: PMC9439275; DOI: 10.1007/s40615-022-01387-3;
  6. Keogh SA, Leibler JH, Sennett Decker CM, Amador Velázquez JJ, Jarquin ER, Lopez-Pilarte D, Garcia-Trabanino R, Delgado IS, Petropoulos ZE, Friedman DJ, Amador Sánchez MR, Guevara R, McClean MD, Brooks DR, Scammell MK. High prevalence of chronic kidney disease of unknown etiology among workers in the Mesoamerican Nephropathy Occupational Study. BMC Nephrol. 2022 07 07; 23(1):238.View Related Profiles. PMID: 35794550; PMCID: PMC9261054; DOI: 10.1186/s12882-022-02861-0;
  7. Spangler KR, Patil P, Peng X, Levy JI, Lane KJ, Tieskens KF, Carnes F, Klevens RM, Erdman EA, Troppy TS, Fabian MP, Leibler JH. Community predictors of COVID-19 cases and deaths in Massachusetts: Evaluating changes over time using geospatially refined data. Influenza Other Respir Viruses. 2022 03; 16(2):213-221.View Related Profiles. PMID: 34761531; PMCID: PMC8652977; DOI: 10.1111/irv.12926;
  8. Kalani TJ, South A, Talmadge C, Leibler J, Whittier C, Rosenbaum M. One map: Using geospatial analysis to understand lead exposure across humans, animals, and the environment in an urban US city. One Health. 2021 Dec; 13:100341. PMID: 34761097; PMCID: PMC8566902; DOI: 10.1016/j.onehlt.2021.100341;
  9. Tieskens KF, Patil P, Levy JI, Brochu P, Lane KJ, Fabian MP, Carnes F, Haley BM, Spangler KR, Leibler JH. Time-varying associations between COVID-19 case incidence and community-level sociodemographic, occupational, environmental, and mobility risk factors in Massachusetts. BMC Infect Dis. 2021 Jul 16; 21(1):686.View Related Profiles. PMID: 34271870; PMCID: PMC8283097; DOI: 10.1186/s12879-021-06389-w;
  10. Peer K, Adams WG, Legler A, Sandel M, Levy JI, Boynton-Jarrett R, Kim C, Leibler JH, Fabian MP. Developing and evaluating a pediatric asthma severity computable phenotype derived from electronic health records. J Allergy Clin Immunol. 2021 06; 147(6):2162-2170.View Related Profiles. PMID: 33338540; PMCID: PMC8328264; DOI: 10.1016/j.jaci.2020.11.045;
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2017 Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health (ASPPH): Early Career Teaching Award
2013 Boston University School of Public Health: Excellence in Teaching for Introduction to Epidemiology (spring)
2013 Boston University School of Public Health: Excellence in Teaching for Introduction to Epidemiology (summer)
2005-2010 Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health: Sommer Scholar
2005-2008 National Science Foundation: Graduate Research Fellow
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