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Nathan Lo, MD, PhD

Title(s)Resident Physician, Medicine
SchoolSchool of Medicine
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    Stanford UniversityMD2019Medicine
    Stanford UniversityPhD2019Epidemiology
    Rice UniversityBS2013Bioengineering
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    Media coverage New York Times, BBC, The Guardian, NPR, San Francisco Chronicle, Scientific American, NBC News
    Top 5 articles of 20172017JAMA Pediatrics
    Kass Award2016Infectious Diseases Society of America
    Clinical Research Mentorship (CRM) grantee2015Doris Duke Charitable Foundation
    Medical Scholar2015Infectious Diseases Society of America
    Benjamin H. Kean Fellow2015American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
    Young Investigator Award2015Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections
    Student/Post-Doc Travel Award2014American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
    Top Graduate (Outstanding Senior) 2013 Rice University Department of Bioengineering

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    I am a resident physician (internal medicine), public health scientist, and infectious diseases epidemiologist. My work draws upon diverse quantitative methodologies to inform policy in tropical medicine and global infectious diseases. The overarching goal of my research is to understand transmission of infectious diseases of poverty to design more effective public health policies to control and eliminate them locally and globally.

    Email: Nathan.Lo@ucsf.edu

    My research draws upon methods from the fields of epidemiology, engineering, and statistics with international collaborators to evaluate public health programs. A large emphasis of my work is translating scientific evidence into public health policy. I continue to work with the World Health Organization in multiple capacities, including as the lead writer for upcoming guidelines on public health control and elimination of schistosomiasis. My work has been supported by grants from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and World Health Organization.

    My current research focuses on the following areas:
    (1) Public health strategies for helminths infections
    (2) Typhoid fever and vaccination
    (3) Vaccine-preventable infectious diseases in the United States

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    Guidelines on public health control of schistosomiasis
    World Health Organization Jan 1, 2018
    Role: Lead guidelines writer

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    1. Lewnard JA, Lo NC. Scientific and ethical basis for social-distancing interventions against COVID-19. Lancet Infect Dis. 2020 Mar 23. PMID: 32213329.
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    2. Martinez L, Cords O, Horsburgh CR, Andrews JR. The risk of tuberculosis in children after close exposure: a systematic review and individual-participant meta-analysis. Lancet. 2020 03 21; 395(10228):973-984. PMID: 32199484.
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    3. Nyathi S, Karpel HC, Sainani KL, Maldonado Y, Hotez PJ, Bendavid E, Lo NC. The 2016 California policy to eliminate nonmedical vaccine exemptions and changes in vaccine coverage: An empirical policy analysis. PLoS Med. 2019 12; 16(12):e1002994. PMID: 31869328.
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    4. Li EY, Gurarie D, Lo NC, Zhu X, King CH. Improving public health control of schistosomiasis with a modified WHO strategy: a model-based comparison study. Lancet Glob Health. 2019 Oct; 7(10):e1414-e1422. PMID: 31537371.
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    5. Lo NC, Heft-Neal S, Coulibaly JT, Leonard L, Bendavid E, Addiss DG. State of deworming coverage and equity in low-income and middle-income countries using household health surveys: a spatiotemporal cross-sectional study. Lancet Glob Health. 2019 Nov; 7(11):e1511-e1520. PMID: 31558383.
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    6. Bogoch II, Speich B, Lo NC, Moser W, Croll D, Ali SM, Ame SM, Utzinger J, Andrews JR, Keiser J. Clinical evaluation for morbidity associated with soil-transmitted helminth infection in school-age children on Pemba Island, Tanzania. PLoS Negl Trop Dis. 2019 07; 13(7):e0007581. PMID: 31306433.
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    7. Bogoch II, Utzinger J, Lo NC, Andrews JR. Antibacterial mass drug administration for child mortality reduction: Opportunities, concerns, and possible next steps. PLoS Negl Trop Dis. 2019 05; 13(5):e0007315. PMID: 31120903.
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    8. Martinez L, Lo NC, Cords O, Hill PC, Khan P, Hatherill M, Mandalakas A, Kay A, Croda J, Horsburgh CR, Zar HJ, Andrews JR. Paediatric tuberculosis transmission outside the household: challenging historical paradigms to inform future public health strategies. Lancet Respir Med. 2019 Jun; 7(6):544-552. PMID: 31078497.
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    9. Lo NC, Gupta R, Stanaway JD, Garrett DO, Bogoch II, Luby SP, Andrews JR. Comparison of Strategies and Incidence Thresholds for Vi Conjugate Vaccines Against Typhoid Fever: A Cost-effectiveness Modeling Study. J Infect Dis. 2018 11 10; 218(suppl_4):S232-S242. PMID: 29444257.
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    10. Hioe CE, Kumar R, Upadhyay C, Jan M, Fox A, Itri V, Peachman KK, Rao M, Liu L, Lo NC, Tuen M, Jiang X, Kong XP, Zolla-Pazner S. Modulation of Antibody Responses to the V1V2 and V3 Regions of HIV-1 Envelope by Immune Complex Vaccines. Front Immunol. 2018; 9:2441. PMID: 30416503.
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    11. Andrews JR, Baker S, Marks F, Alsan M, Garrett D, Gellin BG, Saha SK, Qamar FN, Yousafzai MT, Bogoch II, Antillon M, Pitzer VE, Kim JH, John J, Gauld J, Mogasale V, Ryan ET, Luby SP, Lo NC. Typhoid conjugate vaccines: a new tool in the fight against antimicrobial resistance. Lancet Infect Dis. 2019 Jan; 19(1):e26-e30. PMID: 30170987.
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    12. Lo NC, Snyder J, Addiss DG, Heft-Neal S, Andrews JR, Bendavid E. Deworming in pre-school age children: A global empirical analysis of health outcomes. PLoS Negl Trop Dis. 2018 05; 12(5):e0006500. PMID: 29852012.
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    13. Gurarie D, Lo NC, Ndeffo-Mbah ML, Durham DP, King CH. The human-snail transmission environment shapes long term schistosomiasis control outcomes: Implications for improving the accuracy of predictive modeling. PLoS Negl Trop Dis. 2018 05; 12(5):e0006514. PMID: 29782500.
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    14. Savioli L, Albonico M, Daumerie D, Lo NC, Stothard JR, Asaolu S, Tchuem Tchuenté LA, Anderson RM. Review of the 2017 WHO Guideline: Preventive chemotherapy to control soil-transmitted helminth infections in at-risk population groups. An opportunity lost in translation. PLoS Negl Trop Dis. 2018 04; 12(4):e0006296. PMID: 29698486.
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    15. Lv S, Guo YH, Nguyen HM, Sinuon M, Sayasone S, Lo NC, Zhou XN, Andrews JR. Invasive Pomacea snails as important intermediate hosts of Angiostrongylus cantonensis in Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam: Implications for outbreaks of eosinophilic meningitis. Acta Trop. 2018 Jul; 183:32-35. PMID: 29574000.
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    16. Lo NC, Gurarie D, Yoon N, Coulibaly JT, Bendavid E, Andrews JR, King CH. Impact and cost-effectiveness of snail control to achieve disease control targets for schistosomiasis. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2018 01 23; 115(4):E584-E591. PMID: 29301964.
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    17. Coulibaly JT, Andrews JR, Lo NC, N'Goran EK, Utzinger J, Keiser J, Bogoch II. Schistosoma haematobium Egg Excretion does not Increase after Exercise: Implications for Diagnostic Testing. Am J Trop Med Hyg. 2018 03; 98(3):772-775. PMID: 29260647.
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    18. Lo NC, Hotez PJ. Public Health and Economic Consequences of Vaccine Hesitancy for Measles in the United States. JAMA Pediatr. 2017 09 01; 171(9):887-892. PMID: 28738137.
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    19. Bogoch II, Lundin J, Lo NC, Andrews JR. Mobile phone and handheld microscopes for public health applications. Lancet Public Health. 2017 08; 2(8):e355. PMID: 29253476.
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    20. Rajchgot J, Coulibaly JT, Keiser J, Utzinger J, Lo NC, Mondry MK, Andrews JR, Bogoch II. Mobile-phone and handheld microscopy for neglected tropical diseases. PLoS Negl Trop Dis. 2017 07; 11(7):e0005550. PMID: 28683127.
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    21. Lo NC, Barry M. The Perils of Trumping Science in Global Health - The Mexico City Policy and Beyond. N Engl J Med. 2017 Apr 13; 376(15):1399-1401. PMID: 28225666.
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    22. Lo NC, Addiss DG, Hotez PJ, King CH, Stothard JR, Evans DS, Colley DG, Lin W, Coulibaly JT, Bustinduy AL, Raso G, Bendavid E, Bogoch II, Fenwick A, Savioli L, Molyneux D, Utzinger J, Andrews JR. A call to strengthen the global strategy against schistosomiasis and soil-transmitted helminthiasis: the time is now. Lancet Infect Dis. 2017 02; 17(2):e64-e69. PMID: 27914852.
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    23. Coulibaly JT, Ouattara M, Becker SL, Lo NC, Keiser J, N'Goran EK, Ianniello D, Rinaldi L, Cringoli G, Utzinger J. Comparison of sensitivity and faecal egg counts of Mini-FLOTAC using fixed stool samples and Kato-Katz technique for the diagnosis of Schistosoma mansoni and soil-transmitted helminths. Acta Trop. 2016 Dec; 164:107-116. PMID: 27591137.
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    24. Lo NC, Coulibaly JT, Bendavid E, N'Goran EK, Utzinger J, Keiser J, Bogoch II, Andrews JR. Evaluation of a Urine Pooling Strategy for the Rapid and Cost-Efficient Prevalence Classification of Schistosomiasis. PLoS Negl Trop Dis. 2016 08; 10(8):e0004894. PMID: 27504954.
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    25. Lo NC, Andrews JR, Bogoch II. Improving helminth treatment access: costs and opportunities. Lancet Infect Dis. 2016 07; 16(7):762-764. PMID: 27352742.
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    26. Lo NC, Lai YS, Karagiannis-Voules DA, Bogoch II, Coulibaly JT, Bendavid E, Utzinger J, Vounatsou P, Andrews JR. Assessment of global guidelines for preventive chemotherapy against schistosomiasis and soil-transmitted helminthiasis: a cost-effectiveness modelling study. Lancet Infect Dis. 2016 Sep; 16(9):1065-1075. PMID: 27286968.
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    27. Lo NC, Lowe A, Bendavid E. Abstinence Funding Was Not Associated With Reductions In HIV Risk Behavior In Sub-Saharan Africa. Health Aff (Millwood). 2016 05 01; 35(5):856-63. PMID: 27140992.
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    28. Lo NC, Bogoch II, Utzinger J, Andrews JR. Cost-effectiveness of community-wide treatment for helminthiasis--Authors' reply. Lancet Glob Health. 2016 Mar; 4(3):e157-8. PMID: 26848087.
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    29. Lo NC, Bogoch II, Blackburn BG, Raso G, N'Goran EK, Coulibaly JT, Becker SL, Abrams HB, Utzinger J, Andrews JR. Comparison of community-wide, integrated mass drug administration strategies for schistosomiasis and soil-transmitted helminthiasis: a cost-effectiveness modelling study. Lancet Glob Health. 2015 Oct; 3(10):e629-38. PMID: 26385302.
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    30. Chao TE, Lo NC, Mody GN, Sinha SR. Strategies for last mile implementation of global health technologies. Lancet Glob Health. 2014 Sep; 2(9):e497-e498. PMID: 25304406.
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    31. Lo NC, Turner NA, Cruz MA, Moake J. Interaction of Shiga toxin with the A-domains and multimers of von Willebrand Factor. J Biol Chem. 2013 Nov 15; 288(46):33118-23. PMID: 24097977.
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    32. Matthews KR, Calhoun KM, Lo N, Ho V. The aging of biomedical research in the United States. PLoS One. 2011; 6(12):e29738. PMID: 22216352.
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