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

Boston University
Evans Center for Interdisciplinary Biomedical Research

Chagas Education for Essential Providers
09/30/2020 - 09/29/2025 (Multi-PI)
PI: Natasha S. Hochberg, MD, MPH
Boston Medical Center Corporation HHS CDC
1 NU2GGH002322-01-00

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

Chagas Education for Essential Providers
09/30/2020 - 09/29/2025 (PI)

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

RePORT India Renewal
10/01/2019 - 09/30/2021 (PI)
Johns Hopkins University CRDF Global

Immunometabolic and epigenetic effects of obesity on innate immune surveillance in cancer
08/01/2020 - 07/31/2021 (PI)
Brigham and Womens Hospital National Institute o

RePORT India Suppl: Effect of Malnutrition on Latent TB
08/18/2017 - 09/30/2020 (PI)
U.S. Civilian Research and Development Foundation National Science Fdn

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

(Prenotification) VITAL-TB (Vitamins And Latency in Tuberculosis
07/01/2019 - 06/30/2020 (PI)
University of Nebraska Medical Center DOS

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

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

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  1. Krishnamoorthy Y, Ezhumalai K, Murali S, Rajaa S, Jose M, Sathishkumar A, Govindarajan S, Horsburgh C, Hochberg N, Johnson E, Knudsen S, Salgame P, Ellner J, Prakash Babu S, Sarkar S. Prevalence and Risk Factors associated with Latent Tuberculosis Infection among Household Contacts of Smear Positive Pulmonary Tuberculosis patients in South India. Trop Med Int Health. 2021 Oct 15.View Related Profiles. PMID: 34654061
  2. Cintron C, Narasimhan PB, Locks L, Babu S, Sinha P, Rajkumari N, Kaipilyawar V, Bhargava A, Maloomian K, Chandrasekaran P, Verma S, Joseph N, Johnson WE, Wanke C, Horsburgh CR, Ellner JJ, Sarkar S, Salgame P, Lakshminarayanan S, Hochberg NS. Tuberculosis-Learning the Impact of Nutrition (TB LION): protocol for an interventional study to decrease TB risk in household contacts. BMC Infect Dis. 2021 Oct 12; 21(1):1058.View Related Profiles. PMID: 34641820; DOI: 10.1186/s12879-021-06734-z;
  3. Forsyth CJ, Manne-Goehler J, Bern C, Whitman J, Hochberg NS, Edwards M, Marcus R, Beatty NL, Castro Y, Coyle C, Stigler-Granados P, Hamer D, Maguire JH, Gilman R, Meymandi S. Recommendations for Screening and Diagnosis of Chagas Disease in the United States. J Infect Dis. 2021 Oct 08.View Related Profiles. PMID: 34623435
  4. Murali S, Krishnamoorthy Y, Knudsen S, Roy G, Ellner J, Horsburgh CR, Hochberg N, Salgame P, Prakash Babu S, Sarkar S. Comparison of profile and treatment outcomes between elderly and non-elderly tuberculosis patients in Puducherry and Tamil Nadu, South India. PLoS One. 2021; 16(8):e0256773.View Related Profiles. PMID: 34449817; PMCID: PMC8396735; DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0256773;
  5. Eimer J, Patimeteeporn C, Jensenius M, Gkrania-Klotsas E, Duvignaud A, Barnett ED, Hochberg NS, Chen LH, Trigo-Esteban E, Gertler M, Greenaway C, Grobusch MP, Angelo KM, Hamer DH, Caumes E, Asgeirsson H. Multidrug-resistant tuberculosis imported into low-incidence countries-a GeoSentinel analysis, 2008-2020. J Travel Med. 2021 Aug 27; 28(6).View Related Profiles. PMID: 33987682
  6. Nolan MS, Hochberg NS. Chagas Disease in HIV-Infected Patients: It's Time to Consider the Diagnosis. Am J Trop Med Hyg. 2021 08 16; 105(3):545-546. PMID: 34398814
  7. Cozier YC, Castro-Webb N, Hochberg NS, Rosenberg L, Albert MA, Palmer JR. Lower serum 25(OH)D levels associated with higher risk of COVID-19 infection in U.S. Black women. PLoS One. 2021; 16(7):e0255132.View Related Profiles. PMID: 34314458; PMCID: PMC8315514; DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0255132;
  8. Reddy D, Ma Y, Lakshminarayanan S, Sahu S, White LF, Reshma A, Roy G, Salgame P, Knudsen S, Cintron C, Ellner JJ, Horsburgh CR, Sarkar S, Hochberg NS. Severe undernutrition in children affects tuberculin skin test performance in Southern India. PLoS One. 2021; 16(7):e0250304.View Related Profiles. PMID: 34270546; PMCID: PMC8284816; DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0250304;
  9. Stoddard M, Sarkar S, Yuan L, Nolan RP, White DE, White LF, Hochberg NS, Chakravarty A. Beyond the new normal: Assessing the feasibility of vaccine-based suppression of SARS-CoV-2. PLoS One. 2021; 16(7):e0254734.View Related Profiles. PMID: 34270597; PMCID: PMC8284637; DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0254734;
  10. Sinha P, Carwile ME, Cintron C, de Perez EC, Hochberg NS. Climate change and TB: the soil and seed conceptual framework. Public Health Action. 2021 Jun 21; 11(2):108. PMID: 34159072; PMCID: PMC8202625; DOI: 10.5588/pha.21.0030;
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Emigrants and Immigrants
Chagas Disease
Immune Response, Innate

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.

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