Jessica Leibler

Assistant Professor, Environmental Health, School of Public Health

Jessica H. Leibler, DrPH ScM is an environmental epidemiologist in the Department of Environmental Health at Boston University’s School of Public Health, and her research focuses on environmental exposures experienced by disadvantaged populations in the US, including agricultural workers and the homeless. Her work has two central themes: environmental transmission of pathogens through food systems, and environmental exposures experienced by the urban poor in the US. Dr. Leibler is currently leading a study of antibiotic resistant bacterial carriage among industrial food animal workers in the Midwestern US and transmission of zoonotic bacterial infections from workers to the community.

She has published studies identifying risk of avian influenza infection among industrial poultry workers and farm-to-farm transmission risk of avian influenza in the US. Dr. Leibler is the PI on a new study on nasal carriage of MRSA among the urban homeless in Boston. Dr. Leibler is actively engaged in teaching and mentoring students, and teaches the Introduction to Epidemiology (EP713) and Infectious Disease Epidemiology (EP755) courses at SPH. Prior to joining the faculty at BU, Dr. Leibler held a research appointment in the Department of Environmental Health at the George Washington University School of Public Health. Dr. Leibler completed her doctoral degree in Environmental Health Sciences at Johns Hopkins University and her master’s degree in Health Policy and Management at Harvard University.