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Megan Murray, MD, MPH, ScD

Megan Murray is an epidemiologist and an infectious disease physician, with over 25 years of experience in management of TB programs and TB epidemiology and is the director of the Research Core. Dr. Murray is a Professor of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School and an Associate Professor of Medicine and the Director of Research at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital Division of Global Health Equity and its sister organization, Partners In Health. She is also an Associate Professor of Epidemiology at the Harvard School of Public Health where she leads a research team which conducts multidisciplinary research on MDR and XDR TB involving conventional and molecular epidemiology, cost-effectiveness and mathematical modeling, outcomes and operations research, and genomic epidemiology. She has conducted field studies in South Africa, Russia, Peru, the US, and Rwanda and has previously worked in Kenya, Niger and Pakistan. Dr. Murray serves as an editor for PLoS Medicine and for the European Journal of Epidemiology. She is a member of WHO’s TB-STAG, the Stop TB MDR Working Group, and WHO Global XDR-TB Task Force. She has also served on numerous other committees including the Harvard University Human Subjects Committee, the University’s Pandemic Flu Advisory Committee, the Institute of Medicine committee on Gulf War and Infectious Diseases and NIH study sections. You can email Megan at mmurray@hsph.harvard.edu.  

 

 

 

Ann C. Miller, PhD, MPH

Ann Miller is a Research Associate at the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School. Her research focuses on evaluating the translation of health programs to resource-poor settings. Recent work includes clinical and programmatic outcomes of a community-based antiretroviral therapy program for HIV positive patients in rural Rwanda, assessment of MDR-TB treatment outcomes for alcohol users vs. non-users and associations with hepatitis in Tomsk Russia, evaluation of a screening tool for severity of childhood illness in resource-poor settings, evaluation of a tuberculosis active case finding project in an urban slum in Brazil, a heart failure screening and treatment program in rural Rwanda, and the design of a longitudinal study into the assessment of health systems strengthening in Rwanda on child development and economic outcomes.  As part of the Research Core, Dr. Miller is the lead epidemiologist and analyst for research projects in Rwanda, Tomsk, Russian Federation and Peru and is also the research advisor/liaison for the Hiatt Global Health Equity Residency program. She co-developed a course entitled Introduction to Epidemiology and Operational Research and has co-taught the course to local clinicians and researchers in Rwanda. Dr. Miller was also the tutorial leader for Clinical Epi and Population Health (AC 511) at the School of Medicine. You can email Ann at ann_miller@hms.harvard.edu.

Types of assistance provided:

  • Study design, sample size assistance and analysis planning for intervention studies (particularly group randomized trials and community-level interventions)
  • Operational research projects
  • Observational studies
  • General data analysis, including survival analysis

 

 

 

Molly F. Franke, ScD

Molly Franke is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School. Her research is focused on the identification of individual and programmatic risk factors for adverse outcomes among individuals with HIV and/or tuberculosis and the application of novel epidemiologic methods to study these outcomes. She has also worked on projects related to cholera, food insecurity, and psychosocial morbidities common in settings of poverty. Through her work as a member of the Research Core, Dr. Franke serves as the lead epidemiologist and analyst for research projects in Haiti, Papua New Guinea, Peru and Rwanda. She co-developed a course entitled Introduction to Epidemiology and Operational Research and has co-taught the course to local clinicians and researchers in Rwanda and Peru. You can email Molly at molly_franke@hms.harvard.edu.

Type of assistance provided:

  • Study design for observational studies and operational research projects
  • Causal inference methods, including issues related to time-varying variables
  • General data analysis, including longitudinal analysis
  • Substantive areas of expertise including tuberculosis, drug resistant tuberculosis, pediatric tuberculosis, food insecurity and nutrition, HIV treatment outcomes (including PMTCT), and cholera

 

 

Bethany L. Hedt-Gauthier, PhD

Bethany Hedt-Gauthier earned her PhD in Biostatistics from Harvard School of Public Health and is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School.  Her research interests include developing methods to support program monitoring and evaluation or disease surveillance that are informative without unnecessarily draining resources.  In addition to methodology development, Dr. Hedt-Gauthier collaborates on operations research projects related to clinical outcomes of patients.  Her current work spans a variety of topics, including HIV, TB, malaria, electronic health systems, data quality assessments, and community health workers in Malawi, Tanzania, Rwanda and Lesotho. Dr. Hedt-Gauthier teaches a course on Quantitative Methods for Monitoring and Evaluation at HSPH and leads several 1-4 day courses on the topic every year. You can email Bethany at bethany_hedt@hms.harvard.edu.

Type of assistance provided:

  • Study design for operation research projects and cluster randomized trials
  • Assistance developing monitoring and evaluation systems or disease surveillance systems
  • Assessment or identification of data sources
  • Statistical support of grant writing, data analysis and paper preparation

 

 

 

Sidney Atwood, BA

Sidney Atwood is programmer/analyst for the Division of Global Health Equity at Brigham and Women's Hospital. He is expert in the statistical languages of SAS and STATA. His expertise includes database design, data extraction, manipulation and publishable graphics. His recent work includes HIV treatment costs in Haiti, MDR/XDR clinical research in Russia, Rwanda and Peru, asthma among school children in Chile, and child soldier social research in Sierra Leone. He has taught classes in SAS and STATA for the research core as well as at the Harvard School of Public Health. He has experience with large public data such as NHANES and DHS among others. Other packages include: MPLUS, R, SPSS, TreeAge and the programming languages C, C++, VBA and FORTRAN. You can email Sidney at satwood@partners.org.

Type of assistance provided:

  • Design of databases and data tools
  • Production of analysis datasets from source data
  • Production of table ready analytic data
  • Production of publishable graphics as well as analytic graphs
  • Assistance in interpretation of data
  • Teach class or one-on-one SAS / STATA
  • Design programming for analysis
  • “On-call” debugging and syntax help

 

 

 

Zibiao Zhang, MS

Zibiao Zhang is a program analyst at the Division of Global Health Equity at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital with experience in a variety of programming languages. He has conducted applied analytic activities in both the physical and biological science fields. Operating as the Data Analyst for the Epidemiology and Transmission Dynamics of MDR/XDR Tuberculosis study, Zibiao is responsible for the maintenance of the database, quality assurance/quality control, data analysis, reports and support for research efforts of the program components. As a member of the Research Core, Mr. Zhang also provides data management, quality assurance/quality control, data analysis and reports for Dr. Sonya Shin’s CASA study. You can email Zibiao at zzhang7@partners.org.

Type of assistance provided:

  • Data management
  • Data analysis
  • QA/QC

 

 

 

Germaine Palmer, ALM

Germaine Palmer is a Staff Assistant to Megan Murray in the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School.  She earned an ALM in General Management at Harvard Extension School in 2016.  She brings to the Core a background in collaborative coaching and workforce development training. She previously served at a job-training nonprofit and a Harvard University community workforce development program as a lead trainer and instructor, coaching clients through career and team challenges. She currently helps to facilitate discussion toward more effective team collaboration.  You can email Germaine at germaine_palmer@hms.harvard.edu.

 

 

 

Carly Rodriguez, MPH

Carly Rodriguez is a Research Assistant on the Research Core in the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School. She earned an MPH in Global Health at Boston University School of Public Health in 2013. She previously co-authored studies or reports on the burden of childhood drug-resistant tuberculosis; case fatality ratios among children with tuberculosis; treatment monitoring methods and intervals for multidrug-resistant TB; priorities in the programmatic management of tuberculosis; discordant treatment responses to antiretroviral therapy; and research definitions for drug-resistant tuberculosis clinical trials. She currently provides support in grant writing and preparation, manuscript writing and preparation, literature searches, systematic reviews, and quantitative analyses such as logistic regression, linear regression, time-varying survival analysis, and validation studies of culturally-appropriate survey tools. You can email Carly at Carly_Rodriguez@hms.harvard.edu.

Types of assistance provided:

  • Literature reviews
  • Data cleaning
  • Quantitative data analysis
  • Design of databases and survey tools

 

 

Julia Coit, MPH

Julia Coit is a Research Associate at the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School. She earned a B.A. in Psychobiology and Hispanic Studies at Wheaton College in 2006 and an MPH in Global Health and Epidemiology at Boston University School of Public Health in 2011. Her research has spanned various topics, including: newborn feeding practices and childhood obesity in low income Boston neighborhoods, social marketing strategies for nutritional supplements in Bolivia, evaluation of new diagnostics for pediatric tuberculosis and clinical trials conducted in Peru to improve TB and MDR-TB treatment. She is experienced in implementation of FDA-regulated clinical trials as well as observational studies, in collaborating with partner sites on protocol development and approval processes, drug procurement, and design and setup of data capture and laboratory information management systems. She is trained in data management, SAS programming and is fluent in Spanish. 

Type of assistance provided:

  • Data management, data collection tool design, data cleaning
  • Spanish language translations and interpreting
  • General data analysis
  • Protocol development
  • Study site set-up and management

 

 

Letizia Trevisi, PhD

Letizia is part of the Research Core in the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine as a Research Associate/Biostatistician. She received her Ph.D in Biostatistics from the University of Milan, Italy and completed her post-doctoral fellowship in Environmental Epidemiology at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Her research interests include bioinformatics, epigenomics, and genetics. Specifically, Letizia works with patient-oriented outcomes on diabetes care among vulnerable populations.  She also works with whole genome sequencing data to assess drug resistance mutations related to tuberculosis. 

Letizia collaborates with the members of the Research Core to develop derived databases and/or statistical analysis needed for the preparation of manuscripts, abstracts, and presentations at scientific meetings. You can email Letizia at Letizia_Trevisi@hms.harvard.edu.  

Type of assistance provided:

  • Data management
  • Statistical support of grant writing, data analysis
  • One-on-one support with SAS and R coding for master's and Ph.D. students.

 

John Kearney

John Kearney is a Research Assistant in the Research Core in the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School.  He obtained his bachelor’s in biology and physiology as well as a certificate in public health from University of Colorado Boulder while assisting with translational genomics research in tuberculosis at the CU School of Medicine. John currently helps to manage the Research Core’s IRB applications across institutions. You can email John at john_kearney@hms.harvard.edu.