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Heather S. McKay, PhD

  • Assistant Scientist

Departmental Affiliations

  • Epidemiology (Primary)
    • Division: General Epidemiology and Methodology

Center & Institute Affiliations

Contact Information

111 Markest Place
Baltimore, Maryland 21201


Infectious Disease Dynamics Group

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PhD, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, 2014
MPH, Columbia University, 2008
AB, Columbia University of New York, 1992

Honors and Awards

Excellence in Teaching/Outstanding Teaching Faculty, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, 2016, 2017

Johns Hopkins Sommer Scholar, 2008

Elected Member, Delta Omega Honorary Society in Public Health, Alpha Chapter, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, 2015

Elected Fellow, U.S.-Japan Leadership Foundation, 2002-present

  • epidemiology and epidemiologic methods
  • infectious disease
  • cholera
  • biomarkers of inflammation and immune activation

Selected publications:

  • Subramanya V, McKay HS, Brusca RM, et al. Inflammatory biomarkers and subclinical carotid atherosclerosis in HIV-infected and HIV-uninfected men in the Multicenter AIDS Cohort Study. PLoS One. 2019;14(4):e0214735. Published 2019 Apr 4. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0214735 PMC6448851
  • McKay, H.S., Bream, J.H., Margolick, J.B., Martínez-Maza, O., Phair, J.P., Rinaldo, C.R., Abraham, A.G., Jacobson, L.P. Host factors associated with serologic inflammatory markers assessed using multiplex assays. Cytokine. 2016 Sep;85:71-9. Epub 2016 Jun 10. doi: 10.1016/j.cyto.2016.05.016.
  • McKay, H.S., Margolick, J.B., Martínez-Maza, O., Phair, J.P., Lopez, J., Rappocciolo, G., Denny, T.N., Magpantay, L.I., Jacobson, L.P., Bream, J.H. Multiplex assay reliability and long-term intra-individual variation of serologic inflammatory biomarkers. Cytokine, Volume 90, February 2017, p. 185-192.
  • Lessler J., Moore, S.M., Luquero F.J., McKay H.S., Grais R., Henkens M., Mengel M., Dunoyer J., M’bangombe M., Lee E.C., Djingaey M.H., Sudre B., Bompangue D., Fraser R. S. M., Abubaker A., Perea W., Legros D., Azman A. S., Mapping the burden of cholera in sub-Saharan Africa and implications for control: an analysis of data across geographical scales. The Lancet. March 01, 2018, 0140-6736, p. 1-8.
  • Abraham, A.G., Darilay, A., McKay, H.S., Margolick, J. B., Estrella, M. M., Palella, F. J., Detels, R., Rinaldo Jr., C. R., Jacobson, L. P. Kidney dysfunction and markers of inflammation in the Multicenter AIDS Cohort Study. J Infect Dis. 2015 Oct 1;212(7):1100-10.
  • Novel Coronavirus Research Compendium (NCRC)