Laura Forsberg White, PhD
Boston University School of Public Health

PhD, Harvard University
BS, Utah State University

Laura Forsberg White, PhD, is a Professor of Biostatistics at Boston University. She is interested in developing statistical tools to better understand the transmission dynamics and epidemiology of infectious diseases and substance use disorders. She has developed methods to estimate transmission parameters. Her work involves the development of novel methodologies for the detection of disease outbreaks, as well as the application statistical methods for public health surveillance systems, including spatial statistics and time series. Dr. White's work includes applications and collaborations in Tuberculosis, Hepatitis C, HIV, and substance use disorders. She works with several large international studies focused on Tuberculosis and is part of the Boston Providence Center for AIDS Research. She leads her own research group focused on developing statistical methods to better understand TB transmission and burden, as well as Covid-19 transmission dynamics. At SPH, she teaches Public Health Surveillance: A Methods Based Approach (BS 728).

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Adjunct Assistant Professor
Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

BUSPH Interdisciplinary Training Program for Biostatisticians
07/01/2021 - 06/30/2026 (Multi-PI)
PI: Laura Forsberg White, PhD
NIH/National Institute of General Medical Sciences

Maximizing Investigator's Research Award (R35)
06/01/2021 - 05/31/2026 (PI)
NIH/National Institute of General Medical Sciences

Vertex Fellowship for Jiaying Chen
09/01/2023 - 08/31/2024 (PI)
Vertex Pharmaceuticals Incorporated

Vertex Fellowship for Shiyao Li
09/01/2023 - 05/31/2024 (PI)
Vertex Pharmaceuticals Incorporated

Megan Willis (Student Research), Vertex Pharmaceuticals Incorporated
09/30/2022 - 12/31/2023 (PI)
Vertex Pharmaceuticals Incorporated

Tingting Xi (Student Research), Vertex Pharmaceuticals Incorporated
09/30/2022 - 09/29/2023 (PI)
Vertex Pharmaceuticals Incorporated

Researching Effective Strategies to Prevent Opioid Death (RESPOND)
06/01/2018 - 03/31/2023 (Subcontract PI)
Boston Medical Center Corporation NIH NIDA

Industry Engagement Techdata Corporation RAship for Siwen He
09/01/2020 - 09/01/2022 (PI)
TechData Service Company, LLC

Student Fellowship at Vertex for Xiaoyan Liu
09/01/2021 - 08/31/2022 (PI)
Vertex Pharmaceuticals Incorporated

Biam Institute for Clinical Research RAship for Luke Zheng
09/01/2021 - 08/31/2022 (PI)
Baim Institute for Clinical Research

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Yr Title Project-Sub Proj Pubs
2023 BUSPH Interdisciplinary Training Program for Biostatisticians 5T32GM140972-03
2023 Maximizing Investigators' Research Award (R35) 5R35GM141821-03
2022 BUSPH Interdisciplinary Training Program for Biostatisticians 5T32GM140972-02
2022 Maximizing Investigators' Research Award (R35) 5R35GM141821-02
2021 BUSPH Interdisciplinary Training Program for Biostatisticians 1T32GM140972-01
2021 Maximizing Investigators' Research Award (R35) 1R35GM141821-01
2021 Methods to Estimate the Effect of Interventions on the Incidence and Transmission of Tuberculosis 5R01GM122876-05 3
2020 Methods to Estimate the Effect of Interventions on the Incidence and Transmission of Tuberculosis 5R01GM122876-04 3
2020 Competitive revision to - Methods to estimate the effect of intervention on the incidence and transmission of Tuberculosis 3R01GM122876-04S1 3
2019 Methods to Estimate the Effect of Interventions on the Incidence and Transmission of Tuberculosis 5R01GM122876-03 3
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Publications listed below are automatically derived from MEDLINE/PubMed and other sources, which might result in incorrect or missing publications. Faculty can login to make corrections and additions.

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  1. Barber LE, VoPham T, White LF, Roy HK, Palmer JR, Bertrand KA. Circadian Disruption and Colorectal Cancer Incidence in Black Women. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2023 Jul 05; 32(7):927-935.View Related Profiles. PMID: 36409509; PMCID: PMC10199956; DOI: 10.1158/1055-9965.EPI-22-0808;
  2. Bayly H, Stoddard M, Egeren DV, Murray EJ, Raifman J, Chakravarty A, White LF. Looking under the lamp-post: quantifying the performance of contact tracing in the United States during the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic. Res Sq. 2023 Jun 06.View Related Profiles. PMID: 37333276; PMCID: PMC10274953; DOI: 10.21203/;
  3. Van Egeren D, Stoddard M, White LF, Hochberg NS, Rogers MS, Zetter B, Joseph-McCarthy D, Chakravarty A. Vaccines Alone Cannot Slow the Evolution of SARS-CoV-2. Vaccines (Basel). 2023 Apr 16; 11(4).View Related Profiles. PMID: 37112765; PMCID: PMC10143044; DOI: 10.3390/vaccines11040853;
  4. Stoddard M, Yuan L, Sarkar S, Mangalaganesh S, Nolan RP, Bottino D, Hather G, Hochberg NS, White LF, Chakravarty A. Heterogeneity in Vaccinal Immunity to SARS-CoV-2 Can Be Addressed by a Personalized Booster Strategy. Vaccines (Basel). 2023 Apr 06; 11(4).View Related Profiles. PMID: 37112718; PMCID: PMC10140995; DOI: 10.3390/vaccines11040806;
  5. Horsburgh CR, Jo Y, Nichols B, Jenkins HE, Russell CA, White LF. Contribution of Reinfection to Annual Rate of Tuberculosis Infection (ARI) and Incidence of Tuberculosis Disease. Clin Infect Dis. 2023 Feb 08; 76(3):e965-e972.View Related Profiles. PMID: 35666515; PMCID: PMC10169390; DOI: 10.1093/cid/ciac451;
  6. Bouton TC, Atarere J, Turcinovic J, Seitz S, Sher-Jan C, Gilbert M, White L, Zhou Z, Hossain MM, Overbeck V, Doucette-Stamm L, Platt J, Landsberg HE, Hamer DH, Klapperich C, Jacobson KR, Connor JH. Viral Dynamics of Omicron and Delta Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) Variants With Implications for Timing of Release from Isolation: A Longitudinal Cohort Study. Clin Infect Dis. 2023 Feb 08; 76(3):e227-e233.View Related Profiles. PMID: 35737948; PMCID: PMC9278204; DOI: 10.1093/cid/ciac510;
  7. Petros BA, Turcinovic J, Welch NL, White LF, Kolaczyk ED, Bauer MR, Cleary M, Dobbins ST, Doucette-Stamm L, Gore M, Nair P, Nguyen TG, Rose S, Taylor BP, Tsang D, Wendlandt E, Hope M, Platt JT, Jacobson KR, Bouton T, Yune S, Auclair JR, Landaverde L, Klapperich CM, Hamer DH, Hanage WP, MacInnis BL, Sabeti PC, Connor JH, Springer M. Early Introduction and Rise of the Omicron Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) Variant in Highly Vaccinated University Populations. Clin Infect Dis. 2023 Feb 08; 76(3):e400-e408.View Related Profiles. PMID: 35616119; PMCID: PMC9213864; DOI: 10.1093/cid/ciac413;
  8. Van Egeren D, Stoddard M, Malakar A, Ghosh D, Acharya A, Mainuddin S, Majumdar B, Luo D, Nolan RP, Joseph-McCarthy D, White LF, Hochberg NS, Basu S, Chakravarty A. No magic bullet: Limiting in-school transmission in the face of variable SARS-CoV-2 viral loads. Front Public Health. 2022; 10:941773.View Related Profiles. PMID: 36530725; PMCID: PMC9751474; DOI: 10.3389/fpubh.2022.941773;
  9. Malatesta S, Weir IR, Weber SE, Bouton TC, Carney T, Theron D, Myers B, Horsburgh CR, Warren RM, Jacobson KR, White LF. Methods for handling missing data in serially sampled sputum specimens for mycobacterial culture conversion calculation. BMC Med Res Methodol. 2022 Nov 19; 22(1):297.View Related Profiles. PMID: 36402979; PMCID: PMC9675206; DOI: 10.1186/s12874-022-01782-8;
  10. Zhou Z, Kolaczyk ED, Thompson RN, White LF. Estimation of heterogeneous instantaneous reproduction numbers with application to characterize SARS-CoV-2 transmission in Massachusetts counties. PLoS Comput Biol. 2022 Sep; 18(9):e1010434. PMID: 36048890; PMCID: PMC9473631; DOI: 10.1371/journal.pcbi.1010434;
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Infectious Diseases
infectious Disease Epidemiology
Public Health Surveillance
Substance Use Disorders

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