Natasha S. Hochberg, MD, MPH
Associate Professor
Boston University School of Medicine
Dept of Medicine
Infectious Diseases

MD, Case School of Medicine
MPH, Emory University




Natasha Hochberg, MD, MPH is Associate Professor in the Department of Medicine (Section of Infectious Diseases) at BU School of Medicine and in the Department of Epidemiology at BU School of Public Health. She is also the Program Director for the Infectious Disease Fellowship Program. Prior to her arrival at Boston University, Dr. Hochberg was an Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) officer at the Centers for Disease and Prevention (CDC) in the Division of Parasitic Diseases and worked internationally on projects related to malaria, visceral leishmaniasis, guinea worm disease, and lymphatic filariasis.

Dr. Hochberg's current research focuses on tropical diseases. Particularly, she studies the impact of malnutrition and parasitic disease on tuberculosis (TB), tropical diseases in immigrant populations, and preventing diseases in international travelers. She is the principal investigator of the TB LION study (Learning the Impact Of Nutrition) in Pondicherry India. This study of household contacts of TB cases evaluates the impact of malnutrition and parasite infections on the immune response to TB and how this changes after providing a high-protein food package, multivitamin, and deworming. She is also site principal investigator of the the US-Indo RePORT study in Pondicherry, India, a cohort of 1100 TB patients and 1500 of their household contacts. The study aims to identify biomarkers that predict TB treatment failure and risk of developing TB (among exposed persons) and to identify how comorbidities (e.g., diabetes, helminth infections) modulate these profiles and risks. She is also the co-investigator of an R01 studying TB in pregnancy in India; the study looks at pharmacokinetics of TB drugs in pregnancy, assesses neonatal outcomes, and evaluates diagnostic testing for latent TB infection in pregnant women. She was the previous recipient of a K-12 BIRCWH award to study the effect of aging on the immune response to latent TB infection in Boston-area nursing home residents.

She is the co-director of the travel clinic at Boston Medical Center (BMC) where she sees travelers and patients with tropical diseases with a particular focus on Chagas disease and other parasitic infections. She serves as the co-site director for GeoSentinel, an international surveillance system of diseases in travelers and migrants, and participates in studies related to tropical medicine and travelers health. At a national level, she is part of the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene where she serves as a Councilor for the Clinical Group, as a member of the Scientific Program Committee, and as the Chair for the Subcommittee on Pneumonia, Respiratory Infections and TB. She also sees patients at the Center for Infectious Diseases and attends on the infectious disease consult service.

Dr. Hochberg has taught courses at BU School of Public Health on Infectious Disease Epidemiology (EP755) and Outbreak Investigations (EP800).

Associate Professor
Boston University School of Public Health
Epidemiology


Member
Boston University
Evans Center for Interdisciplinary Biomedical Research




Impact of Personal Exposure to Black Carbon on Pulmonary Tuberculosis Severity
07/01/2014 - 06/30/2018 (PI)
The Potts Memorial Foundation



Tuberculosis: Learning the Impact of Nutrition
01/01/2018 - 12/31/2022 (PI)
Warren Alpert Foundation

Predictors of Resistance Emergence Evaluation in MDR-TB Patients on Treatment(PREEMPT)
08/15/2017 - 07/31/2022 (PI)
Trustees of Boston University NIH-NIAID
5R01AI134430-03

Impact of Pregnancy on Tuberculosis
01/01/2019 - 07/31/2020 (PI)
Rutgers, New Jersey Medical School NIH-NIAID

Determining Barriers to TB Care
06/15/2018 - 12/18/2019 (PI)
Trustees of Boston University US Civ Res & Dev Fdn

RePORT India Suppl: Effect of Malnutrition on Latent TB
08/18/2017 - 09/30/2019 (PI)
U.S. Civilian Research and Development Foundation National Science Fdn

RePORT India Common Protocol Support
09/23/2018 - 09/22/2019 (PI)
Rutgers The State University of New Jersey CRDF Global

(Prenotification) Biomarkers for Risk of TB and for TB Treatment Failure and Relapse- RePORT India…
10/01/2018 - 03/31/2019 (PI)
Rutgers The State University of New Jersey CRDF Global

Inflammatory Biomarkers as a Triage Test for Screening TB
08/24/2017 - 02/24/2019 (PI)
U.S. Civilian Research and Development Foundation National Science Fdn


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  1. Angelo KM, Stoney RJ, Brun-Cottan G, Leder K, Grobusch MP, Hochberg N, Kuhn S, Bottieau E, Schlagenhauf P, Chen L, Hynes NA, Perez CP, Mockenhaupt FP, Molina I, Crespillo-Andújar C, Malvy D, Caumes E, Plourde P, Shaw M, McCarthy AE, Piper-Jenks N, Connor BA, Hamer DH, Wilder-Smith A. Zika among international travellers presenting to GeoSentinel sites, 2012-2019: implications for clinical practice. J Travel Med. 2020 Jul 14; 27(4).View Related Profiles. PMID: 32330261
     
  2. 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 Jul 06.View Related Profiles. PMID: 32618243; DOI: 10.4269/ajtmh.19-0415;
     
  3. Kubiak RW, Drain PK, Hochberg NS. How should body mass index inform active tuberculosis screening in diabetes clinics in Asia? Int J Tuberc Lung Dis. 2020 Jul 01; 24(7):753. PMID: 32718417
     
  4. Sinha P, Hochberg NS. Controlling for undernutrition in epidemiological studies of tuberculosis. Lancet Infect Dis. 2020 05; 20(5):540-541.View Related Profiles. PMID: 32359465
     
  5. Ayiraveetil R, Sarkar S, Chinnakali P, Jeyashree K, Vijayageetha M, Thekkur P, Lakshminarayanan S, Knudsen S, Hochberg NS, Horsburgh CR, Ellner J, Roy G. Household food insecurity among patients with pulmonary tuberculosis and its associated factors in South India: a cross-sectional analysis. BMJ Open. 2020 02 28; 10(2):e033798.View Related Profiles. PMID: 32114470
     
  6. Kubiak RW, Sarkar S, Horsburgh CR, Roy G, Kratz M, Reshma A, Knudsen S, Salgame P, Ellner JJ, Drain PK, Hochberg NS. Interaction of nutritional status and diabetes on active and latent tuberculosis: a cross-sectional analysis. BMC Infect Dis. 2019 Jul 16; 19(1):627.View Related Profiles. PMID: 31311495
     
  7. Sinha P, Davis J, Saag L, Wanke C, Salgame P, Mesick J, Horsburgh CR, Hochberg NS. Undernutrition and Tuberculosis: Public Health Implications. J Infect Dis. 2019 04 16; 219(9):1356-1363.View Related Profiles. PMID: 30476125
     
  8. Epstein RL, Bhagavathula M, Saag LA, Verma S, Kan CK, Mesick J, Kamineni P, White LF, Barnett ED, Salgame P, Hochberg NS. QuantiFERON®-TB Gold In-Tube reliability for immigrants with parasitic infections in Boston, USA. Int J Tuberc Lung Dis. 2019 04 01; 23(4):482-490.View Related Profiles. PMID: 31064628
     
  9. Hoyt KJ, Sarkar S, White L, Joseph NM, Salgame P, Lakshminarayanan S, Muthaiah M, Vinod Kumar S, Ellner JJ, Roy G, Horsburgh CR, Hochberg NS. Effect of malnutrition on radiographic findings and mycobacterial burden in pulmonary tuberculosis. PLoS One. 2019; 14(3):e0214011.View Related Profiles. PMID: 30917170
     
  10. Sinha P, Hochberg NS. Crystal ball: the yesterday and tomorrow of tuberculosis. Environ Microbiol Rep. 2019 02; 11(1):41-44.View Related Profiles. PMID: 30585431
     
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In addition to these self-described keywords below, a list of MeSH based concepts is available here.

Emigrants and Immigrants
Parasites
Travel
Tuberculosis
Chagas Disease
Malnutrition
Immune Response, Innate
India

Dr. Hochberg has an active interest in mentoring. She has mentored more than 35 clinical fellows, medical residents, medical students, PhD candidates, and Masters in Public Health students. Trainees have been involved in literature reviews, developing independent projects, assisting with data analyses, developing presentations, and writing manuscripts. The majority of these mentees have presented abstracts or co-authored manuscripts with Dr. Hochberg. Dr. Hochberg enjoys involving trainees in research and giving them the skills to progress in academia.

Available to Mentor as: (Review Mentor Role Definitions):
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  • Co-Mentor or Peer Mentor
  • Project Mentor
  • Research / Scholarly Mentor
Contact for Mentoring:
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