Dr. Kristin Nelson is Assistant Professor in the Department of Epidemiology at Emory Rollins School of Public Health.  She is an infectious disease epidemiologist with a focus on respiratory infections, in particular tuberculosis (TB) transmission and epidemiology. She completed her MPH degree in Global Epidemiology at Emory University (2014) and then her Ph.D. at Emory in Epidemiology (2018), where she also completed her post-doc work (2020). She is particularly interested in policy-relevant research that can inform the effective introduction of new TB vaccines. 


  • Member, Tuberculosis Modeling and Analysis Consortium (TBMAC), (2020 – present)
  • Member, Models of Infectious Disease Agent Study (MIDAS) Network, (2019 – present)
  • Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Emory University (2018 – 2019)
  • US Junior Oberwolfach Fellow, National Science Foundation (2018)
  • Emory Epidemiology Anoopa Sharma Excellence in Epidemiologic Research Award (2018)
  • Rollins School of Public Health Livingston Fellow (2018
  • Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI) Young Investigator Award, (2017)
  • Burroughs Welcome Molecules to Mankind Fellowship Recipient (2016 – 2017)


  • Epidemiology and prevention of respiratory infections
  • Characterizing the drug-resistant TB epidemic in Sub-Saharan Africa
  • Identifying key unknowns about the context-specific drivers of TB transmission, providing data to inform targeted prevention strategies
  • Implementing mathematical modeling for vaccine development and implementation
  • Integrating dynamic modeling, causal inference methods, and pathogen genomics to characterize patterns of disease transmission
  • Reducing the global burden of respiratory infections in low- and middle-income countries
  • Pathogens: Tuberculosis (TB), COVID-19, norovirus


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