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Professor of Pediatrics

Desiree LaBeaud

Faculty Affiliate
King Center on Global Development

Professor of Pediatrics (Infectious Diseases)
Stanford University School of Medicine

Senior Fellow
Woods Institute for the Environment

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. While earning her master’s degree in clinical research and epidemiology, she trained with the Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital pediatric residency program and the Case Western Reserve University pediatric infectious disease fellowship program. She currently heads a clinical research lab focused on better understanding the risk factors and long-term health consequences of arboviral infections, with current field sites in 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, chair of the Green Task Force and past-chair and councilor for the American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, and a reviewer for many scientific journals. She also serves on a number of National Institute of Health study sections and chairs the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene Kean committee and the American Committee of Arthropod-borne Viruses.

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