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Maria Deloria Knoll, PhD

  • Senior Scientist

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415 N. Washington Street
Room 549
Baltimore, Maryland 21231


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PhD, Johns Hopkins University, 2000
BS, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, 1987


I serve as the Associate Director of Science for IVAC (International Vaccine Access Center). I am an epidemiologist with a focus in the technical analytical challenges of policy-driven research pertaining to the design, conduct and analysis of epidemiological studies and clinical trials that evaluate vaccines and vaccine-preventable diseases. I direct the analysis of a 7-country pneumonia case-control study (PERCH) to determine the causes of pneumonia in developing country settings to guide the development of new pneumonia vaccines and treatment algorithms. Other primary data collection projects include: assessing the impact of pneumococcal conjugate vaccine introduction into national immunization programs in Kenya, The Gambia and India on pneumococcal disease; evaluating the value of new diagnostic tools such as antigen-based blood tests and pneumococcal serotype-specific urine antigen tests to improve sensitivity and specificity of pneumococcal disease detection in pneumonia patients, and digital auscultation to determine pneumonia etiology. I also work on collaborative efforts with other Departments and Institutions to develop new diagnostic and analytical tools, such as an analytical method for estimating pneumonia etiology and computer-automated and standardized interpretation of chest x-rays. Secondary data analysis projects include global meta-analytical projects to estimate disease burden and vaccine impact, such as estimating the burden and serotype distribution of pneumococcal, Hib and meningococcal disease among children and adults, and evaluation of pneumococcal conjugate vaccine schedules and products to inform country decision-making regarding these programmatic choices.

Honors and Awards

National Institutes of Health Merit Award (1999,1991) Food and Drug Administration Commissioner’s Special Citation Group Award (1997) U.S. DHHS Secretary’s Group Award for Distinguished Service (1996) U.S. DHHS Special Achievement Award (1995,1991)

  • vaccines
  • international health
  • S. Pneumoniae
  • H. influenzae
  • RSV
  • meningococcus
  • HPV
  • pneumonia
  • vaccine preventable diseases
  • epidemiology
  • clinical trials
  • meta-analysis
  • etiology estimation
  • disease burden
  • vaccine impact
  • pneumococcal conjugate vaccine

Selected representative publications:

  • Deloria Knoll M, Fu W, Shi Q, Prosperi C, Wu Z, Hammitt LL, Feikin DR, Baggett HC, Howie SRC, Scott JAG, Murdoch DR, Madhi SA, Thea DM, Brooks WA, Kotloff KL, Li M, Park DE, Lin W, Levine OS, O’Brien KL, Zeger SL. Bayesian estimation of pneumonia etiology: epidemiologic considerations and applications to pneumonia etiology research for child health study. Clin Infect Dis 2017; 64(suppl 3):S213–27.
  • Deloria Knoll M, Morpeth SC*, Scott JAG, Watson NL, Park DE, Baggett HC, Brooks WA, Feikin DR, Hammitt LL, Howie SRC, Kotloff KL, Levine OS, O’Brien KL, Thea DM, Ahmed D, Antonio M, Awori JO, Baillie VL, Chipeta J, Deluca AN, Dione M, Driscoll AJ, Higdon MM, Jatapai A, Karron RA, Mazumder R, Moore DP, Mwansa J, Nyongesa S, Prosperi C, Seidenberg P, Siludjai D, Sow SO, Tamboura B, Zeger SL, Murdoch DR, Madhi SA, PERCH Study Group. Evaluation of pneumococcal load in blood by PCR for the diagnosis of pneumococcal pneumonia in young children in The Pneumonia Etiology Research for Child Health (PERCH) study. Clin Infect Dis 2017; 64(suppl 3):S357–67. *co-first author
  • Manoharan A, Manchanda V, Balasubramanian S, Lalwani S, Modak M, Bai S, Vijayan A, Shet A, Nagaraj S, Karande S, Nataraj G, Yewale VN, Joshi SA, Iyer RN, Santosham M, Kahn GD, Deloria Knoll M, for the Alliance for Surveillance of Invasive Pneumococci (ASIP) Study Group. Invasive pneumococcal disease in children aged younger than 5 years in India: a surveillance study. Lancet 2017; 17: 305–312
  • Wu Z, Deloria-Knoll M, Zeger SL. Nested partially-latent class models for dependent binary data; estimating disease etiology. Biostatistics 2016 Aug 22. pii: kxw037. [Epub ahead of print]
  • Johnson HL, Deloria-Knoll M, Levine OS, Freimanis L, Reithinger R, Muenz L, O'Brien KL. Systematic Evaluation of Serotypes Causing Invasive Pneumococcal Disease among Children Under Five: The Pneumococcal Global Serotype Project. PLoS Med 2010; 7(10): e1000348. doi:10.1371/journal.pmed.1000348.