Dr. Justin Lessler

Justin Lessler, PhD

Department of Epidemiology


Justin Lessler is a professor in the Department of Epidemiology researching the dynamics and control of infectious disease, with particular interest in SARS-CoV-2, influenza, cholera and dengue. Justin works on the development and application of statistics, dynamic models and novel study designs to better understand and control infectious disease. In particular, he is interested in creating synergies between infection control practice, data collection and infectious disease dynamics.

Justin Lessler in the Gillings News


  • PhD, Epidemiology, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, 2008
  • MHS, Biostatistics, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, 2008
  • MS, Computer Science, Stanford University, 2003
  • BS, Mathematical Sciences, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1996