Dr. LaBeaud is a physician scientist, epidemiologist, and professor for the division of pediatric infectious diseases at Stanford University’s School of Medicine. She studies the epidemiology and ecology of domestic and international arboviruses and emerging infections, with an interest in the vector, host, and environmental factors that affect transmission dynamics and spectrum of disease.
Dr. LaBeaud received her MD from the Medical College of Wisconsin, and trained with the Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital pediatric residency program and the pediatric infectious disease fellowship program at Case Western Reserve University, while earning her master’s degree in clinical research and epidemiology. She currently heads a clinical research lab focused on better understanding the risk factors and long-term health consequences of arboviral infections, specifically Rift Valley fever, chikungunya, dengue fever, and Zika disease. Her lab also investigates the genetic and immunologic differences that influence variable host responses to arboviral infections, and develops diagnostic tests that can be administered in the field to quickly and accurately determine infections. A primary focus is also to understand local and personal perceptions of mosquito-borne disease risk in order to engage community action in prevention. Her current field sites include Kenya, Grenada, and Brazil.
Dr. LaBeaud is affiliated with the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment, the Emmett Interdisciplinary Program in Environment & Resources, and the Center for Innovation in Global Health at Stanford University. She serves as a deputy editor for the Public Library of Sciences Neglected Tropical Diseases Journal, as an editorial advisor for the American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene and is a reviewer for many scientific journals. She also serves on a number of National Institute of Health study sections, is the American Society of Tropical medicine and Hygiene Keen committee chair, and is an elected councilor and chair of the American Committee of Arthropod-borne Viruses (ACAV).