• Universitetsvej 1, 27.2

    DK-4000 Roskilde


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Personal profile


Lone Simonsen is a Professor of Population Health Sciences, at the Department of Science and Environment at Roskilde University, following an EU-funded Marie Curie Action-funded visiting professorship at University of Copenhagen. Since 2020 she has been the director of pandemic research centre, PandemiX. She also holds a position as Research Professor in Global Health at George Washington University in DC.    

Over the past 20+ years she has worked at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), World Health Organization (WHO) and the US National Institutes of Health (NIH) on issues including HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, antibiotic resistance, SARS, pandemic influenza, e-health, surveillance systems and vaccine program evaluation. Before moving to academia in 2007, she was a senior epidemiologist at the NIH-NIAID and later a senior fellow with RAPIDD, an epidemiological modeling network at Fogarty-NIH.

She has published ~200 peer-reviewed papers, book chapters and commentaries, happily working with international colleagues and in an interdisciplinary manner (H-index 65; I10-index 147; >20000 citations).  A representative subset of her publications can be found in "Research outputs". 

Her research currently focuses on modeling historical and contemporary pandemics and emerging infectious diseases, population transitions to long healthy lives, "big data" in health, and vaccine program evaluation.

Education/Academic qualification

Applied Epidemiology, EIS Diploma, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

1 Aug 19921 Jun 1994

Award Date: 1 Jun 1994

Microbial Ecology, Postdoctoral Fellow

1 Jan 19921 Aug 1992

Award Date: 1 Aug 1992

Population Genetics, PhD, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

1 Jan 19871 Feb 1992

Award Date: 1 Feb 1992

Biology and Chemistry, Masters Degree, Roskilde University

1 Sep 19801 Jun 1985

Award Date: 1 Jun 1985

External positions

Professor, Historic Epidemiology/Global Health, University of Copenhagen


Senior Research Fellow, RAPIDD, National Institutes of Health (NIH)


Research Professor, Department of Global Health, George Washington University

30 Jul 2007 → …

Senior Epidemiologist, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, National Institutes of Health (NIH)


Epidemiologist, World Health Organization


Epidemiologist, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention



  • Health, Medicine
  • Epidemiology
  • Historical Epidemiology
  • Pandemic Influenza
  • Vaccine Program Evaluation
  • Disease Burden Modeling
  • Global Health
  • Cholera

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