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Megan Murray, ScD, MD

Ronda Stryker and William Johnston Professor of Global Health, Harvard Medical School
Director of Research, Global Health & Social Medicine, Harvard Medical School

MeganMurray, MD, MPH, ScD is an epidemiologist and an infectious disease physician with over 25 years of experience in the management of TB programs and TB epidemiology, as well as the transmission dynamics of emerging infectious diseases. She is a Professor of Global Health and Social Medicine and an Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, where she leads the Global Health Research Core, a multidisciplinary group of researchers who work with the Global Health Delivery Partnership faculty and staff to develop its mission to link research to the teaching and service activities of the Partnership. She is also a Professor of Epidemiology at Harvard School of Public Health and the Director of Research at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital Division of Global Health Equity and its sister organization, Partners In Health.  Dr. Murray has conducted field studies in Peru, Rwanda, South Africa, Ukraine, Russia and the US, and has previously worked in Kenya, Niger and Pakistan. Her current interests include identifying ways to reduce the suffering caused by the health impacts of climate change, especially in low and middle income countries.

Department of Global Health and Social Medicine
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Dr. Murray’s research focuses on host and pathogen specific determinants of TB infection, disease and treatment outcomes. Much of her research is done in collaboration with the non-governmental organization Partners in Health and its Peru-based sister organization Socios en Salud. The joint team uses bacterial and human genetic and genomic tools to identify variants of interest and to understand the mechanisms of their interactions.

In addition to her work in Peru, Dr. Murray has conducted field studies in South Africa, Russia, the US, India, Indonesia, Sierra Leone, Pakistan, Niger and Rwanda. She serves as an editor for PLoS Medicine and for the European Journal of Epidemiology. She is currently a member of the Mass Consortium for Pathogen Readiness leadership team as well as Harvard University’s Covid Monitoring Committee. She has also served on numerous other committees, including the WHO’s TB-STAG, the Stop TB MDR Working Group, Harvard University Human Subjects Committee, the University’s Pandemic Flu Advisory Committee, the Institute of Medicine committee on Gulf War and Infectious Diseases, and multiple NIH study sections.

Risk for Prison-to-Community Tuberculosis Transmission, Thailand, 2017-2020.
Authors: Authors: Miyahara R, Piboonsiri P, Chiyasirinroje B, Imsanguan W, Nedsuwan S, Yanai H, Tokunaga K, Palittapongarnpim P, Murray M, Mahasirimongkol S.
Emerg Infect Dis
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The Impact of Vitamin A Deficiency on Tuberculosis Progression.
Authors: Authors: Podell BK, Aibana O, Huang CC, DiLisio JE, Harris MC, Ackart DF, Armann K, Grover A, Severe P, Juste MAJ, Dupnik K, Basaraba RJ, Murray MB.
Clin Infect Dis
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Spatial scale of tuberculosis transmission in Lima, Peru.
Authors: Authors: Huang CC, Trevisi L, Becerra MC, Calderón RI, Contreras CC, Jimenez J, Lecca LW, Yataco RM, Zhang Z, Murray MB.
Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A
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The Contribution of Chest Radiography to the Clinical Management of Children Exposed to Tuberculosis.
Authors: Authors: Huang CC, Tan Q, Becerra MC, Calderon R, Chiang SS, Contreras C, Lecca L, Jimenez J, Perez-Velez CM, Roya-Pabon CL, Yataco R, Xu H, Zhang Z, Murray M.
Am J Respir Crit Care Med
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Higher native Peruvian genetic ancestry proportion is associated with tuberculosis progression risk.
Authors: Authors: Asgari S, Luo Y, Huang CC, Zhang Z, Calderon R, Jimenez J, Yataco R, Contreras C, Galea JT, Lecca L, Jones D, Moody DB, Murray MB, Raychaudhuri S.
Cell Genom
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Treatment Outcomes Among Pregnant Patients With Multidrug-Resistant Tuberculosis: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis.
Authors: Authors: Alene KA, Murray MB, van de Water BJ, Becerra MC, Atalell KA, Nicol MP, Clements ACA.
JAMA Netw Open
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Single-cell eQTL models reveal dynamic T cell state dependence of disease loci.
Authors: Authors: Nathan A, Asgari S, Ishigaki K, Valencia C, Amariuta T, Luo Y, Beynor JI, Baglaenko Y, Suliman S, Price AL, Lecca L, Murray MB, Moody DB, Raychaudhuri S.
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Dual TCR-a Expression on Mucosal-Associated Invariant T Cells as a Potential Confounder of TCR Interpretation.
Authors: Authors: Suliman S, Kjer-Nielsen L, Iwany SK, Lopez Tamara K, Loh L, Grzelak L, Kedzierska K, Ocampo TA, Corbett AJ, McCluskey J, Rossjohn J, León SR, Calderon R, Lecca-Garcia L, Murray MB, Moody DB, Van Rhijn I.
J Immunol
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Potential Role of Latent Tuberculosis Infection in the Pathophysiology of Cardiovascular Disease.
Authors: Authors: Chu AL, Murray MB, Huang CC.
Clin Infect Dis
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Co-varying neighborhood analysis identifies cell populations associated with phenotypes of interest from single-cell transcriptomics.
Authors: Authors: Reshef YA, Rumker L, Kang JB, Nathan A, Korsunsky I, Asgari S, Murray MB, Moody DB, Raychaudhuri S.
Nat Biotechnol
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