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William Jesdale, PhD

Dr. Jesdale has worked in the fields of AIDS activism, HIV vaccine research, immunology, gerontology, environmental justice, and gay men’s health. He earned his doctoral degree in epidemiology from Brown University in 2007 after working with Drs. Sally Zierler, Kate Lapane, Anne DeGroot, and Rachel Morello-Frosch. Dr. Jesdale’s post-doctoral training in environmental health occurred under the tutelage of Dr. Rachel Morello-Frosch at the University of California, Berkeley. He has been at UMMS since the Spring of 2013, working on pharmacoepidemiology and injury epidemiology in the nursing home setting collaborating closely with Dr. Kate Lapane.

Dr. Jesdale’s current research interests include the influence of social and environmental factors on health, racial residential segregation, discrimination, spatial epidemiology, place-based measures of the social environment, gay men’s health, and working with large datasets. As a Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Quantitative Health Sciences, he mentors doctoral students and teaches courses in Epidemiology in the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences at the University of Massachusetts Medical School.  

William Jesdale, PhD