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Natalie  Dean

Asst Professor

Assistant Professor

Faculty, Biostatistics and Bioinformatics

Jointly Appointed, Epidemiology

I am motivated by high-impact quantitative problems in global health. My research focus is on methods to evaluate the effectiveness of interventions targeting emerging infectious diseases, especially vaccines. This includes the use of flexible and model-informed trial frameworks tailored to the outbreak setting, as well as observational study designs such as the test negative design. Prior and ongoing work is in HIV, Ebola, Zika, chikungunya, dengue, and COVID-19.


Selected Honors and Awards:

  • 2021 - Finalist, Early Career Award for Public Engagement with Science, AAAS
  • 2020 - Provost's Excellence Award for Assistant Professors, University of Florida
  • 2013 - Edward C. Bryant Scholarship, American Statistical Association
  • 2012 - Certificate of Distinction in Teaching, Harvard University Department of Biostatistics
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Phone: 4047276124

Fax: 4047271370



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Areas of Interest

  • Biostatistics
  • Clinical Trials
  • Global Health
  • Immunizations/Vaccines
  • Infectious Disease
  • Surveillance


  • BA 2009, Boston University
  • AM 2011, Harvard University
  • PhD 2014, Harvard University


  • , , Accumulating evidence from randomized clinical trials across outbreaks, New England Journal of Medicine, 382, 1366-1369
  • , , Ensemble forecast modeling for the design of COVID-19 vaccine efficacy trials, Vaccine, 38, 7213-7216
  • , , Temporal Confounding in the Test Negative Design, American Journal of Epidemiology, 189, 1402-1407
  • , , Understanding COVID-19 vaccine efficacy, Science, 370, 763-765
  • , , Considerations for the design of vaccine efficacy trials during public health emergencies, Science Translational Medicine, 11, eaat0360
  • , , Design of Vaccine Trials during Outbreaks with and without a Delayed Vaccination Comparator, Annals of Applied Statistics, 12, 330-347