Dr. Lofgren is an infectious disease epidemiologist whose research focuses on the use of mathematical and computational models of disease transmission, particularly the transmission of antimicrobial resistant infections within and outside healthcare settings, as well as emerging infectious diseases. His work often focuses on producing policy-relevant results, working hand-in-hand with clinicians and policy makers to produce reproducible, quantitative guidance for designing and evaluating public health interventions.
My path is what happens when you have a computer nerd Biology major who comes to the realization that they’re not interested in being a doctor. Introduced to epidemiology while studying abroad in Ireland, I became fascinated with the idea of understanding how diseases worked not on the scale of an individual microbe or person, but on the scale of an entire population. That allowed me to work on a wide variety of different questions, from how atmospheric conditions impact microbial survival to how human societies choose to organize themselves – and how that potentially makes them sick. What’s followed from that has been an engaging career – being able to address pressing and timely public health questions using mathematical and computational tools.
When not working, I spend my free spoiling my two dogs, Felix and Gunner.
Education and Training
- BA (Biology) – Tufts University, Boston, MA
- MSPH (Epidemiology) – University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC
- PhD (Epidemiology) – University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC
- Postdoc – Network Dynamics and Simulation Science Lab, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA
- This WSU epidemiologist may inform policy on preventing COVID-19 from spreading within hospitals
- Virus outbreaks in jails don’t stay within walls, WSU study finds
- Jails that don’t change operations due to COVID-19 put all at risk, WSU study finds
- Coronavirus could claim 100,000 more lives than expected if jail populations are not reduced
- A WSU epidemiologist on COVID’s surprises, the social distance ‘dial’ and sanity-saving pups
- After 6 months and little progress controlling the pandemic, return to normal remains out of sight
- Rivers CM, Majumder MS, Lofgren ET. (2016) Risks of Death and Severe Disease in Patients With Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus, 2012-2015. Am J Epidemiol. 184(6):460-4. doi: 10.1093/aje/kww013. PMID: 27608662 PMCID: PMC5023790
- Lofgren, E.T. et al. (2014) Opinion: Mathematical models: a key tool for outbreak response. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 111(51):18095-6. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1421551111. PMID: 25502594 PMCID: PMC4280577
- Lofgren ET, Cole SR, Weber DJ, Anderson DJ, Moehring RW. (2014) Hospital-acquired Clostridium difficile infections: estimating all-cause mortality and length of stay. Epidemiology 25(4):570-5. doi: 10.1097/EDE. PMID: 24815305 PMCID: PMC4224274
- Lofgren ET, Moehring RW, Anderson DJ, Weber DJ, Fefferman NH. (2014) A mathematical model to evaluate the routine use of fecal microbiota transplantation to prevent incident and recurrent Clostridium difficile infection. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol. 35(1):18-27. doi: 10.1086/674394. PMID: 24334794 PMCID: PMC3977703
- Lofgren ET, Fefferman NH (2007) The untapped potential of virtual game worlds to shed light on real world epidemics The Lancet Infectious Diseases 7(9):625-629.