Karen Switkowski

Research Scientist

Karen Switkowski, PhD, MPH, is a Research Scientist in the Department of Population Medicine at Harvard Medical School and Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Institute. Her background is in nutrition science and epidemiology, and she is primarily interested in researching associations of early-life nutrition, including maternal diet and nutritional status during pregnancy, with child health outcomes. Dr. Switkowski works in the Obesity Prevention Program and mainly on Project Viva, a longitudinal study of mother-child pairs.

Joanne Sordillo

Research Scientist

Joanne E. Sordillo, ScD, MS, is a Research Scientist in the Department of Population Medicine at Harvard Medical School and Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Institute. She is an asthma epidemiologist with a background in clinical laboratory science, environmental exposure assessment and the microbiome.  Dr. Sordillo specializes in gene by environment interaction studies, and is PI of an NIH funded study on An Integrative Genomics Approach to Gene by Environment Interactions in Asthma.

Rui Wang

Associate Professor

Dr. Rui Wang is an Associate Professor in the Department of Population Medicine (DPM) at Harvard Medical School and the Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Institute.  She is also an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biostatistics at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Dr. Wang received her PhD Degree from Harvard University. Her research interests include the design and analysis of cluster randomized trials, where a group of subjects, as opposed to individuals, are randomized to each of the treatment arms in the trial.

Julia Marcus

Assistant Professor

Julia Marcus, PhD, MPH is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Population Medicine at Harvard Medical School and Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Institute. Her primary interest is in optimizing the delivery of health services for infectious diseases, specifically HIV and hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection. Her work has focused on preexposure prophylaxis for HIV prevention, as well as the long-term outcomes of chronic HIV infection.

DPM Chair Richard Platt receives prestigious mentoring award

Richard Platt, MD, MSc, is the recipient of the 2016 SHEA Mentor Scholar Award in recognition of his distinguished record in mentoring fellows and junior faculty, many of whom have gone on to be leaders in infection prevention and healthcare epidemiology. The SHEA Mentor Scholar Award is intended to honor an individual recognized for his/her dedication and excellence in mentoring trainees in infection prevention and control.

Assistant Professor Jason Block serving as Senior Advisor to the Acting Assistant Secretary for Health at the US Department of Health and Human Services

Jason Block, MD, MPH, Associate Director of the Obesity Prevention Program in DPM is leading a strategic planning effort at DHHS to develop federal policy in nutrition and physical activity.  Jason’s research focuses on nutrition policy, along with more recent work on PCORnet.  As part of his work on nutrition policy, he recently took on an actual policy role.

Eleanor and Miles Shore 50th Anniversary Fellowship Program for Scholars in Medicine

Congratulations to Assistant Professors, Laura Garabedian and Melissa Gilkey who were selected as recipients of the Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Institute Department of Population Medicine Robert H. Ebert, MD Fellowship, which is part of the Eleanor and Miles Shore 50th Anniversary Fellowship Program for Scholars in Medicine at Harvard Medical School.  A reception honoring this years’ Fellows will be held on Monday, November 21st at the Joseph B.