Daniel Weinberger, PhD

  • Assistant Professor of Epidemiology (Microbial Diseases)

Dan Weinberger joined the faculty at Yale School of Public Health in 2013. He earned his PhD in biological sciences from Harvard School of Public Health in 2009 with a focus on microbiology and infectious disease epidemiology. He was then a postdoctoral fellow in the Division of International Epidemiology and Population Studies in the Fogarty International Center, NIH until 2012.

Research: Our research is at the intersection of microbiology and epidemiology. We focus on understanding the biological and epidemiological drivers of respiratory infections, including pneumococcus, RSV, influenza, and Legionella. Major research areas include understanding the biological drivers of the emergence of rare pneumococcal serotypes following vaccine introduction, developing novel statistical approaches to evaluate vaccine impact from observational data, evaluating the importance of interactions among respiratory pathogens, and understanding environmental drivers of Legionellosis. We employ a variety of tools including experimental and quantitative approaches. Our work is funded by grants from the NIH/NIAID, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and the Emerging Infections Program (a collaboration between the CDC, the Connecticut Department of Public Health, and Yale). You can learn more about our research here.

Teaching: I teach the Public Health Surveillance course at YSPH. This class uses a mix of lectures, cases studies, and hands on data analysis exercises. Students learn to perform common surveillance analyses including aberration detection (e.g., CUSUM), time series analysis, and spatial cluster detection (SATSCAN). Students learn to do these analyses in either SAS or R. There are many great resources available for students learning these types of software including https://stats.idre.ucla.edu/ and https://www.datacamp.com/

Research interests
Americas; Bacterial Infections; Biology; Carrier State; Communicable Disease Control; Denmark; Epidemiologic Methods; Europe; Fourier Analysis; Iceland; Influenza, Human; Netherlands; Population Characteristics; Public Health; Respiratory Tract Infections; Streptococcus pneumoniae; Diseases
Research summary

Learn more about our work here.

Education
  • PhD, Harvard University, 2009
Publications
  • J Infect Dis. 2015 Aug 26. pii: jiv431.
  • DM Weinberger, Bruden DT, Grant LR, Lipsitch M, O’Brien KL, Pelton SI, Sanders EAM, Feikin DR. American Journal of Epidemiology.
  • PLoS Med. 2015 Jan 6;12(1):e1001776
  • DM Weinberger, Simonsen L, Jordan R, Steiner C, Miller M, Viboud C, Journal of Infectious Diseases, 2012 Feb;205(3):458-65.
  • DM Weinberger, Harboe ZB, Sanders EAM, Ndiritu M, Klugman KP, et al., Clinical Infectious Diseases. 2010 Sep 15;51(6):692-9.
  • DM Weinberger, Malley R, Lipsitch M, The Lancet. 2011 Dec 3;378(9807):1962-73.
  • D.M. Weinberger, Trzcinski K, Lu YJ,Bogaert D, Brandes A, et al. PLoS Pathogens. 2009 Jun;5(6):e1000476.
  • N Engl J Med. 2015 Jul 2;373(1):92
International activities
  • Evaluating pneumococcal vaccine impact with limited data
    Banjul, Gambia, Kisumu, Kenya, Vientiane, Laos, Suva, Fiji (2017-2020)

    MRC, MRC, CDC , CDC , Murdoch Childrens Research Institute, Murdoch Childrens Research Institute, Murdoch Childrens Research Institute, Murdoch Childrens Research Institute

  • Pneumococcal vaccine impacts in Latin America (Pneumo VIPR)
    Santiago, Chile, Florianópolis, Brazil, Bogota, Colombia (2014-2016)

    Chilean Ministry of Health, Chilean Ministry of Health, Brazilian Ministry of Health, Brazilian Ministry of Health, Colombian Ministry of health, Colombian Ministry of health

  • Respiratory infection research
    Salvador, Brazil (2013-Present)
    Working with local investigators to understand pathogen interactions among a favela community in Salvador, Brazil

    Fiocruz, Fiocruz

  • Studies of pneumococcal disease in adults
    Copenhagen, Denmark (2009-Present)
    Working with local investigators to understand patterns of pneumococcal infections in adults

    Statens Serum Institu, Statens Serum Institu

  • Transmission of respiratory infections
    Tel Aviv-Yafo, Israel (2008-Present)
    Collaboration to understand epidemiology of respiratory infections (pneumococcus, Staphylococcus, Haemophilus) in southern Israel and in children living in central Israel, East Jerusalem, and the West Bank.

    Gertner institute, Gertner institute

Honors
  • Robert Austrian Award in Pneumococcal Vaccinology