Marc Lipsitch Biography

Marc Lipsitch is Professor of Epidemiology and Director of the MIDAS Center for Communicable Disease Dynamics at the Harvard School of Public Health. He is an author of over 150 peer-reviewed publications on topics such as antimicrobial resistance, mathematical modeling of infectious disease transmission, pandemic planning, pathogen and host population genetics, and immunity to Streptococcus pneumoniae. Current work focuses on surveillance and intervention targeting for emerging infections, seasonality of influenza, innate and acquired immune responses to Streptococcus pneumoniae, and the biological factors maintaining long-term coexistence of pathogen strains. He serves as an Associate Editor or editorial board member for PLoS Medicine, Epidemics, Epidemiology, American Journal of Epidemiology, and Journal of Infectious Diseases. He served on the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology Working Group on H1N1 Influenza, as well as CDC’s Team B for the 2009 H1N1 pandemic. He has provided advice on antimicrobial resistance, SARS and influenza to the FDA, WHO, CDC, Congressional Budget Office, Defense Science Board, and the Mexican and Canadian governments. Dr. Lipsitch received his BA in philosophy from Yale University, completed a DPhil in zoology at Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar and did postdoctoral work at Emory University and at the CDC, before joining HSPH in 1999.