SETC Immediate Past President

SETC Immediate Past President:
Lisa Pascopella, PhD, MPH


I am excited by the opportunity that the SETC provides to elevate the role of epidemiologists and epidemiologic evidence in guiding our work to prevent and control TB, and to eventually eliminate TB in the U.S. – Lisa Pascopella


Lisa is Senior Epidemiologist at the Tuberculosis Control Branch (TBCB), California Department of Public Health. She has worked as an epidemiologist in TB since 1998, and now mentors epidemiologists and students in the use of data for program development and evaluation, and in research studies. She supervises California’s participation in the TB Epidemiologic Studies Consortium, and leads analyses to inform California’s TB elimination plan. She worked 2005-2008 at the Curry National TB Center, a regional training and medical consultation center (RTMCC), where she directed a national project to develop and evaluate best practices for TB control and prevention with four low TB incidence states. This project acquainted Lisa with the needs and challenges facing low-incidence areas.

Lisa received her Master’s of Public Health degree in epidemiology from the University of California, Berkeley and a doctorate in molecular genetics from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, New York. She has co-authored publications on topics including deaths with TB, TB recurrence, TB and HIV coinfection, contact investigation and outbreak response, and genetic studies of mycobacteria.

Lisa has been active on many volunteer committees, co-chairing the Tuberculosis Epidemiologic Studies Consortium (TBESC) Publications and Presentations Committee, and the TBESC Cost-Effectiveness Workgroup. Lisa has developed and taught TB epidemiology, surveillance, molecular epidemiology, and contact investigation sessions at the Curry International TB Center RTMCC, and, in 2007-2011, served as affiliate faculty at the University of Montana School of Public and Community Health Sciences, teaching an online course in international health.