Laith J. Abu-Raddad, Ph.D.
Laith J. Abu-Raddad, PhD
Associate Professor of Public Health
Director of the Biostatistics, Epidemiology, and Biomathematics Research Core

Phone: (+974) 4492 8321
Laith J. Abu-Raddad, Ph.D.


Dr. Abu-Raddad is an Associate Professor of Public Health, Director of the Biostatistics, Epidemiology and Biomathematics Research Core at Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar (WCMC-Q), and the Principal Investigator of the Infectious Disease Epidemiology Group. He focuses on studying the epidemiological factors and population processes shaping infectious disease spread in human and animal populations. He joined WCMC-Q in 2008 as Visiting Assistant Professor of Physics and Visiting Assistant Professor of Public Health while serving as an Assistant Professor at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, USA. He held positions as Research Scientist at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and the University of Washington; as Postdoctoral Research Associate at Imperial College London, United Kingdom; and as NSF-JSPS Postdoctoral Research Associate at Osaka University, Japan. He completed his Ph.D. study in Computational and Mathematical Physics at Florida State University. He serves as a consultant or advisory member for a number of key public health projects for organizations such as the World Bank, Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS, World Health Organization, and Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

Dr. Abu-Raddad's research interests are multidisciplinary with emphasis on studying the epidemiology and ecology of infectious diseases using analytical and computational approaches in addition to conventional epidemiologic study designs. He was the lead author or co-investigator of several high impact studies in recent years such as in relation to HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, and SARS. His current main research interests include studying the spread of sexually transmitted infections such as HIV/AIDS, HSV-2, and HPV; investigating the role of biological cofactors in HIV epidemiology; assessment of the impact of different HIV interventions such as vaccines and male circumcision; studying the epidemiology of HIV/AIDS in the Arab and Muslim Worlds; studying tuberculosis epidemiology and assessing the impact of novel tuberculosis diagnostics, drug regimens, and vaccines; assessment of hepatitis C incidence patterns; simulation of community randomized controlled trials; and studying the ecology of multiple-strain infectious diseases.

  • Chemaitelly H, Shelton JD, Hallett TB, Abu-Raddad LJ. Only a fraction of new HIV infections occur within identifiable stable discordant couples in sub-Saharan Africa. AIDS 2013;27:251-60.
  • H. Chemaitelly, I. Cremin, J. Shelton, T.B. Hallett, and L.J. Abu-Raddad, “Distinct HIV discordancy patterns by epidemic size in stable sexual partnerships in sub-Saharan Africa”, Sexually Transmitted Infections, 2012 Feb; 88(1):51-57.
  • G. Mumtaz, N. Hilmi, W. MacFarland, R. Kaplan, F.A. Akala, I. Semini, G. Riedner, O. Tawil, D. Wilson, and L.J. Abu-Raddad, “Nascent HIV epidemics among men who have sex with men appear to be emerging in the Middle East and North Africa”, PLoS Medicine 2011; 8, e1000444.
  • Laith J. Abu-Raddad, Francisca Ayodeji Akala, Iris Semini, Gabriele Riedner, Oussama Tawil, and David Wilson. Characterizing the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the Middle East and North Africa. Time for Strategic Action. Middle East and North Africa HIV/AIDS Epidemiology Synthesis Project, World Bank/UNAIDS/WHO, Washington, DC: World Bank Press; 2010 (Book).
  • L.J. Abu-Raddad, L. Sabatelli, J.T. Achterberg, J.D. Sugimoto, I.M. Longini Jr. C. Dye, and M.E. Halloran, “Epidemiological benefits of more-effective tuberculosis vaccines, drugs, and diagnostics”, Proc Natl Acad Sci USA, 2009 Aug 18; 106(33):13980-5. Comment in Proc Natl Acad Sci USA. 2009 Nov17; 106(46):E129; author reply E130.
  • L.J. Abu-Raddad, B. I. S. van der Ventel, and N.M. Ferguson. Interactions of multiple strain pathogen diseases in the presence of coinfection, cross immunity, and arbitrary strain diversity. Phys Rev Lett. 2008; 100:168102.
  • L.J. Abu-Raddad, A.S. Magaret, C. Celum, A. Wald, I.M. Longini, Jr., S.G. Self, and L. Corey. Genital Herpes Has Played a More Important Role Than Any Other Sexually Transmitted Infection in Driving HIV Prevalence in Africa. PLoS One 2008; 3:e2230.
  • L.J. Abu-Raddad, P. Patnaik, and J.G. Kublin. Dual infection with HIV and malaria fuels the spread of both diseases in sub-Saharan Africa. Science 2006; 314:1603-1606.
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