Nicole E. Basta PhD, MPhil » Faculty

Research Interests:Infectious disease epidemiology; Evaluating the impact of vaccines and other interventions; Epidemiologic methods; Clinical epidemiology; Maternal and child health; Global health; Health disparities; Evidence-based public health policy

Assistant Professor, Epidemiology & Community Health

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Nicole Basta earned her PhD in Epidemiology from the University of Washington School of Public Health Department of Epidemiology and her MPhil in Epidemiology from the University of Cambridge Institute of Public Health. Dr. Basta’s research focuses on investigating factors driving the epidemiology and transmission dynamics of infectious diseases, assessing the impact of vaccines, vaccination programs, and other public health interventions, and identifying causes and consequences of heterogeneity in susceptibility and immunity. Dr. Basta specializes in designing, implementing, and analyzing large-scale, prospective epidemiological studies in the US and abroad, conducting statistical analyses of new and existing data, and developing statistical models to generate novel hypotheses. Her research is motivated by the need for epidemiological evidence that can directly inform disease prevention and control strategies and shape public health policy.

– Ph.D. in Epidemiology, University of Washington, Seattle, WA
– M.Phil. in Epidemiology, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK
– A.B. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ

Infectious disease epidemiology, vaccines, meningococcal disease, influenza, design and implementation of clinical epidemiological studies, epidemiological and statistical methods, evaluating public health interventions, survey design, immunology, ecology of infectious diseases, evolutionary medicine, international research.

Professional Experience:

  • 2015-Present Assistant Professor, University of Minnesota, School of Public Health, Division of Epidemiology and Community Health
  • 2015-Present Visiting Research Collaborator, Princeton University, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
  • 2012-Present Affiliate Investigator, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Vaccine and Infectious Disease Division
  • 2012-2015-Present Research Associate, NIH Research & Policy for Infectious Disease Dynamics (RAPIDD) Program, Fogarty International Center, National Institutes of Health
  • 2012-2015 Associate Research Scholar Princeton University, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
  • 2008-2011-Pre-Doctoral Research Associate, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Vaccine and Infectious Disease Division

2015-2018 Vaccine Fellow, Vaccine Fellows Program, Elsevier Journal Vaccine

2011 NIH Director’s Early Independence Award. This award recognizes exceptional junior researchers “who have the intellect, scientific creativity, drive, and maturity to flourish independently” immediately following completion of the Ph.D. Awarees receive $1.25 million in research funds over 5 years for the development of an independent research program.

2005-2007 Florida Department of Health Epidemic Intelligence Service Fellowship. This fellowship supports Masters-level Epidemiologists working as infectious disease outbreak investigators at the Florida Department of Health.

2003-2004 Gates-Cambridge Fellowship. This fellowship provides full, merit-based funding for study at the University of Cambridge.


Selected Publications:

Basta NE, Borrow R, Berthe A, et al. Population-level persistence of immunity two years after a meningococcal serogroup A polysaccharide-tetanus toxoid protein conjugate vaccine mass-vaccination campaign in Mali. Clinical Infectious Diseases. 2015. Nov 15;61 Suppl 5:S547-53. doi: 10.1093/cid/civ602.

Basta NE, Borrow R, Berthe A, et al. Higher anti-tetanus toxoid immunity two years after meningococcal serogroup A polysaccharide-tetanus toxoid protein conjugate vaccine introduction in Mali. Clinical Infectious Diseases. 2015. Nov 15;61 Suppl 5:S578-85. doi: 10.1093/cid/civ513.

Paireau J, Chen A, Broutin H, Grenfell B, Basta, NE. Seasonal dynamics of bacterial meningitis: a time-series analysis. The Lancet Global Health. 2016. Jun;4(6):e370-7. doi: 10.1016/S2214-109X(16)30064-X.

Metcalf CJE, Farrar J, Cutts F, Basta NE, Graham AL, Lessler J, Ferguson N, Burke D, Grenfell BT. Serological surveys: Generating key insight into the changing global landscape of infectious disease. The Lancet. 2016. doi: 10.1016/S0140-6736(16)30164-7.

Sundaram ME, Mason SM, Basta NE. HPV vaccine uptake among overweight and obese US adolescents: an analysis of the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) 2009-2014. Vaccine. 2016. 34(22):2501-6.

Basta NE, Stuart JM, Nascimento M, Manigart O, Trotter C, Hassan-King M, Chandramohan D, et al. Methods for identifying Neisseria meningitidis carriers: A multi-center study in the African meningitis belt. PLoS One. 2013; 8(10): e78336. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0078336

Basta NE, Chao DL, Halloran ME, Matrajt L, Longini IM. Strategies for pandemic and seasonal influenza vaccination of schoolchildren in the United States. American Journal of Epidemiology 2009;170:679-86.

Basta NE, Halloran ME, Matrajt L, Longini IM. Estimating influenza vaccine efficacy from challenge and community-based study data. American Journal of Epidemiology 2008;168:1343-52.