Natasha Hochberg, MD, MPH is Associate Professor in the Department of Medicine (Section of Infectious Diseases) at BU School of Medicine and in 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.
Dr. Hochberg’s current research focuses on tropical diseases. Particularly, she studies the impact of malnutrition and parasitic disease on tuberculosis (TB), tropical diseases in immigrant populations, and preventing diseases in international travelers. She is the principal investigator of the TB LION study (Learning the Impact Of Nutrition) in Pondicherry India. This study of household contacts of TB cases evaluates the impact of malnutrition and parasite infections on the immune response to TB and how this changes after providing a high-protein food package, multivitamin, and deworming. She is also site principal investigator of the the US-Indo RePORT study in Pondicherry, India, a cohort of 1100 TB patients and 1500 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 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 (BMC) where she sees travelers and patients with tropical diseases with a particular focus on Chagas disease and other parasitic infections. She serves as the co-site director for GeoSentinel, an international surveillance system of diseases in travelers and migrants, and participates in studies related to tropical medicine and travelers health. At a national level, she is part of the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene where she serves as a Councilor for the Clinical Group, as a member of the Scientific Program Committee, and as the Chair for the Subcommittee on Pneumonia, Respiratory Infections and TB. She also sees patients at the Center for Infectious Diseases and attends on the infectious disease consult service.
Dr. Hochberg teaches courses at BU School of Public Health on Infectious Disease Epidemiology (EP755) and Outbreak Investigations (EP800).
- Associate Professor, Epidemiology, Boston University School of Public Health
- Case School of Medicine, MD
- Emory University, MPH
- Harvard University, BA
- Published on 4/16/2019
Sinha P, Davis J, Saag L, Wanke C, Salgame P, Mesick J, Horsburgh CR, Hochberg NS. Undernutrition and Tuberculosis: Public Health Implications. J Infect Dis. 2019 Apr 16; 219(9):1356-1363. PMID: 30476125.
- Published on 4/1/2019
Epstein RL, Bhagavathula M, Saag LA, Verma S, Kan CK, Mesick J, Kamineni P, White LF, Barnett ED, Salgame P, Hochberg NS. QuantiFERON®-TB Gold In-Tube reliability for immigrants with parasitic infections in Boston, USA. Int J Tuberc Lung Dis. 2019 Apr 01; 23(4):482-490. PMID: 31064628.
- Published on 3/27/2019
Hoyt KJ, Sarkar S, White L, Joseph NM, Salgame P, Lakshminarayanan S, Muthaiah M, Vinod Kumar S, Ellner JJ, Roy G, Horsburgh CR, Hochberg NS. Effect of malnutrition on radiographic findings and mycobacterial burden in pulmonary tuberculosis. PLoS One. 2019; 14(3):e0214011. PMID: 30917170.
- Published on 12/25/2018
Sinha P, Hochberg NS. Crystal ball: the yesterday and tomorrow of tuberculosis. Environ Microbiol Rep. 2019 02; 11(1):41-44. PMID: 30585431.
- 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 09; 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 04 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 03; 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.
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