Meredith Brooks joined the Department of Global Health at Boston University School of Public Health in July 2022. She completed her M.P.H in Urban Health and Ph.D. in Population Health, both from Northeastern University, and a Postdoctoral Fellowship in Tuberculosis Epidemiology at Harvard Medical School.
Dr. Brooks is committed to improving the health and wellbeing of vulnerable populations globally. Most recently, her research focuses on identifying interventions and strategies to improve detection, diagnoses, and care for children and adolescents with, or at high-risk of, tuberculosis by producing evidence to refine diagnostic algorithms, identify gaps in care and treatment, and to advance surveillance efforts. Her research also aims to develop and apply advanced statistical and machine learning approaches to improve tuberculosis indicators and outcomes. Dr. Brooks also has vast experience conducting large international clinical trials, with topics spanning from tuberculosis treatment to spinal anesthesia. Her research involvement has included partnerships and collaborations in Bangladesh, India, Mexico, Mongolia, Pakistan, Peru, Russia, Sierra Leone, and South Africa.
Dr. Brooks previously held an Early Career Award from the Thrasher Foundation and a Research Catalyst Award from the American Lung Association; she is also currently a Parker B. Francis Fellow in Pulmonary Research through the Francis Family Foundation. Dr. Brooks is a prior recipient of a National Research Service Postdoctoral Fellowship Award (F32) and is currently the Principal Investigator of a Mentored Research Scientist Development Award (K01), both from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at NIH. Her K01 Award explores tuberculosis transmission in adolescents through geospatial and genotypic analyses, as well as infectious disease modeling of transmission dynamics. Dr. Brooks recently won a Carlin Foundation Award for Public Health Innovation for which she proposed to develop a model to optimize the real-time movement of mobile screening units throughout a community to increase the detection of individuals with tuberculosis and to allocate resources more efficiently.
Dr. Brooks is the Department of Global Health's representative on the Faculty Senate and serves on the Practicum Committee. Dr. Brooks currently serves on the Editorial Boards at Public Library of Science (PLOS) One and British Medical Journal (BMJ) Open.