Global Health Research Epidemiologist
- PhD, Epidemiology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
- MSPH, Epidemiology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
- BA, Psychology and Spanish, Georgetown University
Jill Lebov, PhD, MSPH, conducts applied epidemiological research within our biostatistics and epidemiology discipline. In this role, she develops and implements research protocols for diverse global health projects, including HIV prevention, maternal and child health improvement, and Zika virus. She also contributes to business development and proposal writing for applied public health research initiatives.
As part of our proactive response to the Zika virus, Dr. Lebov aims to enroll a cohort to study neurological signs, symptoms, and autoimmune reactions associated with ZIKV in Guatemala. In addition, she will assist in establishing a biological specimen repository to test for factors that might increase the risk of adverse outcomes linked to the virus. Dr. Lebov currently serves as protocol manager for the NIH-funded multicountry Zika in Infants and Pregnancy (ZIP) study, which seeks to further evaluate the association between Zika infection during pregnancy and adverse pregnancy and neonatal outcomes.
Dr. Lebov has research experience in children’s health outcomes related to environmental exposures and sexual health promotion among at-risk youth. She has conducted independent research on communicable and chronic disease topics, including social and biological risk factors for human papillomavirus (HPV); school-based sexually transmitted infection (STI) testing interventions; community-level HPV screening uptake; early infant diagnosis of HIV and neurodevelopmental outcomes among HIV-infected infants; health impacts of in utero exposure to immunosuppressive drugs; and environmental and occupational risk factors for kidney disease.
She is a past member of the American Public Health Association and the American Society for Nephrology, and she was previously named a UNC Entrepreneurial Public Service Fellow. Dr. Lebov has professional experience in Malawi, Nicaragua, Tanzania, Uganda, South Africa, and Spain, among other areas. She speaks fluent Spanish.