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Linda Niccolai, PhD

Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Professor of Epidemiology (Microbial Diseases); Affiliated Faculty, Yale Institute for Global Health; Director, HPV Working Group at Yale; Director, CT Emerging Infections Program at Yale, Epidemiology of Microbial Diseases

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Linda Niccolai, PhD

Office Location

Mailing Address

  • Epidemiology of Microbial Diseases

    PO Box 208034, 60 College Street

    New Haven, CT 06520-8034

    United States



Linda Niccolai is the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at Yale School of Public Health and Professor in the Department of Epidemiology of Microbial Diseases. She is an internationally recognized scholar in infectious disease epidemiology with specific interests in vaccine-preventable diseases and sexually transmitted infections. Her vaccinology research focuses on understanding uptake, impact, and effectiveness of HPV and other adolescent vaccines with an emphasis on addressing health disparities. Her STI research focuses on social and behavioral aspects of transmission dynamics and prevention. Funded by a diverse grant portfolio (NIH, CDC, and private foundations), her work is interdisciplinary by design and includes behavioral and clinical epidemiology, surveillance, and qualitative approaches.

As Director of the CT Emerging Infections at Yale, she oversees a large program of public health surveillance and applied epidemiology research focused on respiratory viruses (including SARS-CoV-2), foodborne illness, healthcare associated infections at the community interface, and HPV vaccine impact.

Dr. Niccolai is currently on the editorial board for Sexually Transmitted Diseases, and she has served as an adviser and reviewer for National Institutes of Health (including serving as chair of Health Promotion in Communities study section) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention conferences and grant programs. She participated as a Fellow in the 2023-2024 Hedwig van Ameringen Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine® (ELAM) Program, a prestigious leadership program committed to advancing women for leadership positions in academic medicine.

Dr. Niccolai received her Sc.M. at Harvard School of Public Health and her Ph.D. at Tulane University. She has been teaching epidemiology methods courses to MPH, MS, and PhD students for over 20 years.

Education & Training

  • PhD
    Tulane University, Epidemiology (2000)
  • MSc
    Harvard School of Public Health, Epidemiology (1995)
  • BS
    Georgetown University, Mathematics (1991)


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    See CV for complete list
  • HIV/AIDS, Russia
    Russia 2010
    Potential for HIV Transmission in Relationships of Drug-Using Women in Russia
  • HIV/AIDS, Russia
    Saint Petersburg, St.-Petersburg, Russia 2010
    The Context of HIV Testing for Detection of Early HIV Infection in St. Petersburg
  • International Training
    Russia 2010
    Co-Investigator, AIDS International Training and Research Program in Russia
  • AIDS International Training and Research Program (AITRP)
    China; India; Russia; South Africa 2009
    Training researchers from the Russian Federation, China, India, and South Africa in HIV prevention research.

Honors & Recognition

AwardAwarding OrganizationDate
FellowExecutive Leadership in Academic Medicine® (ELAM) Program2024
ChairNational Institutes of Health Study Section: Health Promotion in Communities2021
Elected MemberConnecticut Academy of Science and Engineering2021
Population Science Research PrizeYale Cancer Center2019
Immunization Champion for State of ConnecticutCenters for Disease Control and Prevention2017
Award for Excellence in TeachingYale School of Public Health2004

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