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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  1. Epstein RL, Buzzee B, White LF, Feld JJ, Castera L, Sterling RK, Linas BP, Taylor LE. Test characteristics for combining non-invasive liver fibrosis staging modalities in individuals with Hepatitis C virus. J Viral Hepat. 2024 Feb 07.View Related Profiles. PMID: 38326950
  2. Rodriguez CA, Horsburgh CR, Jenkins HE, White LF. Reply to 'Estimating TB survival - mind the immortal-time gap'. Int J Tuberc Lung Dis. 2024 Jan 01; 28(1):66-67.View Related Profiles. PMID: 38178287
  3. Bayly H, Mei W, Egeren D, Stoddard M, Chakravarty A, White LF. Accuracy of Inferences About the Reproductive Number and Superspreading Potential of SARS-CoV-2 with Incomplete Contact Tracing Data. Res Sq. 2023 Dec 29. PMID: 38234843; PMCID: PMC10793487; DOI: 10.21203/;
  4. Albright C, Van Egeren D, Thakur A, Chakravarty A, White LF, Stoddard M. Antibody escape, the risk of serotype formation, and rapid immune waning: Modeling the implications of SARS-CoV-2 immune evasion. PLoS One. 2023; 18(10):e0292099. PMID: 37851632; PMCID: PMC10584102; DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0292099;
  5. Tilhou AS, Murray E, Wang J, Linas BP, White L, Samet JH, LaRochelle M. Trends in buprenorphine dosage and days supplied for new treatment episodes for opioid use disorder, 2010-2019. Drug Alcohol Depend. 2023 Nov 01; 252:110981.View Related Profiles. PMID: 37839942; PMCID: PMC10615721; DOI: 10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2023.110981;
  6. Wang J, Doogan N, Thompson K, Bernson D, Feaster D, Villani J, Chandler R, White LF, Kline D, Barocas JA. Massachusetts Prevalence of Opioid Use Disorder Estimation Revisited: Comparing a Bayesian Approach to Standard Capture-Recapture Methods. Epidemiology. 2023 Nov 01; 34(6):841-849.View Related Profiles. PMID: 37757873; PMCID: PMC10544852; DOI: 10.1097/EDE.0000000000001653;
  7. Rodriguez CA, Leavitt SV, Bouton TC, Horsburgh CR, Zur Wiesch PA, Nichols B, Jenkins HE, White LF. Survival of people with untreated TB: effects of time, geography and setting. Int J Tuberc Lung Dis. 2023 Sep 01; 27(9):694-702.View Related Profiles. PMID: 37608480; PMCID: PMC10443783; DOI: 10.5588/ijtld.22.0668;
  8. Barber LE, Bertrand KA, Sheehy S, White LF, Roy HK, Rosenberg L, Palmer JR, Petrick JL. Aspirin and nonaspirin nonsteroidal antiinflammatory drug use and occurrence of colorectal adenoma in Black American women. Int J Cancer. 2023 Dec 15; 153(12):1978-1987.View Related Profiles. PMID: 37555819
  9. 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;
  10. 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/;
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Bar chart showing 171 publications over 23 distinct years, with a maximum of 24 publications in 2021

In addition to these self-described keywords below, a list of MeSH based concepts is available here.

Infectious Diseases
infectious Disease Epidemiology
Public Health Surveillance
Substance Use Disorders

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