Natasha Hochberg, MD, MPH is an infectious disease physician with appointments in the Department of Medicine and the Department of Epidemiology at BU School of Public Health. 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. In addition to her interest in the epidemiology of parasitic infections, Dr. Hochberg’s current research interests also include parasitic disease/tuberculosis co-infection, tuberculosis and the immune response in the elderly, and preventing diseases in international travelers. She is co-investigator of the the US-Indo RePORT study in Pondicherry, India, where she is developing a cohort of 4000 TB patients and more than 8000 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 also has a pilot study in Vitoria, Brazil to investigate the effect of helminth infections on TB disease severity and a pilot study to study the effect of helminths on latent TB testing in refugees seen at Boston Medical Center. She has a Potts grant to study the effect of air pollution on TB disease in India. 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 where she sees travelers and patients with tropical diseases; at this site, she also serves as the co-site director for GeoSentinel, an international surveillance system of diseases in travelers and migrants. She has participated in several studies related to travelers health. She also sees patients at the Center for Infectious Diseases, attends on the infectious disease consult service, and runs a clinical infectious disease elective for first and second year medical and PA students. In addition, she teaches courses at BU School of Public Health on Infectious Disease Epidemiology (EP755) and Outbreak Investigations (EP800).
- Assistant Professor, Epidemiology, Boston University School of Public Health
- Case School of Medicine, MD
- Emory University, MPH
- Harvard University, BA
- Published on 6/8/2018
Fernandes P, Ma Y, Gaeddert M, Tsacogianis T, Marques-Rodrigues P, Fregona G, Loomans A, Jones-López EC, Dietze R, Ellner JJ, White LF, Hochberg NS. Sex and age differences in Mycobacterium tuberculosis infection in Brazil. Epidemiol Infect. 2018 Sep; 146(12):1503-1510. PMID: 29880067.
- Published on 4/1/2018
Saag LA, LaValley MP, Hochberg NS, Cegielski JP, Pleskunas JA, Linas BP, Horsburgh CR. Low body mass index and latent tuberculous infection: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Int J Tuberc Lung Dis. 2018 Apr 01; 22(4):358-365. PMID: 29562981.
- Published on 1/31/2018
Leong S, Zhao Y, Joseph NM, Hochberg NS, Sarkar S, Pleskunas J, Hom D, Lakshminarayanan S, Horsburgh CR, Roy G, Ellner JJ, Johnson WE, Salgame P. Existing blood transcriptional classifiers accurately discriminate active tuberculosis from latent infection in individuals from south India. Tuberculosis (Edinb). 2018 Mar; 109:41-51. PMID: 29559120.
- Published on 8/23/2017
Hochberg NS, Sarkar S, Horsburgh CR, Knudsen S, Pleskunas J, Sahu S, Kubiak RW, Govindarajan S, Salgame P, Lakshminarayanan S, Sivaprakasam A, White LF, Joseph NM, Ellner JJ, Roy G. Comorbidities in pulmonary tuberculosis cases in Puducherry and Tamil Nadu, India: Opportunities for intervention. PLoS One. 2017; 12(8):e0183195. PMID: 28832615.
- Published on 8/15/2017
Van Ness SE, Chandra A, Sarkar S, Pleskunas J, Ellner JJ, Roy G, Lakshminarayanan S, Sahu S, Horsburgh CR, Jenkins HE, Hochberg NS. Predictors of delayed care seeking for tuberculosis in southern India: an observational study. BMC Infect Dis. 2017 Aug 15; 17(1):567. PMID: 28806911.
- Published on 5/3/2017
Reddy D, Walker J, White LF, Brandeis GH, Russell ML, Horsburgh CR, Hochberg NS. Latent Tuberculosis Infection Testing Practices in Long-Term Care Facilities, Boston, Massachusetts. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2017 Jun; 65(6):1145-1151. PMID: 28467605.
- Published on 5/1/2017
Barbosa F, Barnett ED, Gautret P, Schlagenhauf P, van Genderen PJ, Grobusch MP, Connor BA, Hamer DH, Hochberg NS. Bordetella pertussis infections in travelers: data from the GeoSentinel global network. J Travel Med. 2017 05 01; 24(3). PMID: 28355615.
- Published on 4/28/2017
Hamer DH, MacLeod WB, Chen LH, Hochberg NS, Kogelman L, Karchmer AW, Ooi WW, Benoit C, Wilson ME, Jentes ES, Barnett ED. Pretravel Health Preparation of International Travelers: Results From the Boston Area Travel Medicine Network. Mayo Clin Proc Innov Qual Outcomes. 2017 Jul; 1(1):78-90. PMID: 30225404.
- Published on 3/22/2017
Watts NS, Mizinduko MM, Barnett ED, White LF, Hochberg NS. Association between parasitic infections and tuberculin skin test results in refugees. Travel Med Infect Dis. 2017 Mar - Apr; 16:35-40. PMID: 28342825.
- Published on 5/27/2016
Helbig S, Rekhtman S, Dostie K, Casler A, Schneider T, Hochberg NS, Ganley-Leal L. B cell responses in older adults with latent tuberculosis: Considerations for vaccine development. Glob Vaccines Immunol. 2016 Jun; 1(2):44-52. PMID: 30271881.
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