Andrew Lover is an assistant professor of epidemiology in the School of Public Health and Health Sciences, at UMass-Amherst. His research covers a broad range of infectious disease epidemiology, including vector-borne disease; surveillance and forecasting; malaria; and the design, implementation, and analysis of complex epidemiological studies, in both domestic (Western Massachusetts) and global contexts (including Vietnam, Lao PDR, Timor-Leste, and Cambodia).

He is also the Deputy Director of the CDC-funded New England Center of Excellence in Vector-borne Disease. This regional consortium (based at UMass) comprises a wide range of academic and public health partners from across New England. Further information:

His research over the past ten years has been directed towards the design, implementation, and analysis of epidemiological studies and subsequent policies that address where slippages in both community- and individual-level public health programming occur, and ways to address these gaps through improved programing or novel interventions.

SARS-CoV-2/COVID-19. The Lover Lab is currently supporting global efforts to mitigate the impacts of this pandemic. This work includes a faculty role in UMass campus response; syndromic surveillance and modeling studies; and implementation of a large-scale serological survey (“antibody test”) across Massachusetts.

Tick-borne infections. The Lover Lab has received funding from the NIH for tick-borne studies in Western Massachusetts. These novel spatial case-control studies will aim to identify areas with highest human-tick overlaps, to help optimize public health tick surveillance programs in New England and beyond.

His lab currently consists of four PhD students (Estee Cramer, Johanna Ravenhurst,  Mahfuj Alam, and Augustine Dada). Their main research studies involve a combination of qualitative and quantitative field data collection, quantitative analysis, and modeling to directly inform public health policy.

Main Research Interests
  • Infectious disease surveillance (pathogens, serology & vectors)
  • Vector-borne disease
  • Interventional trials
  • Global health
  • Research Fellow (2015-2018)
    University of California, San Francisco
  • PhD, Epidemiology (2015)
    National University of Singapore
  • MPH, Epidemiology and Global Health (2011) 
    National University of Singapore
  • MS, Organic Chemistry (2003)
    University of California, Santa Barbara
  • BA, Chemistry (1997)
    Earlham College

Most Recent Publications

COVID-19 exposes weaknesses in public health in the Peruvian Amazon and highlights opportunities for a One Health approach

Veronica Ormea, Roberto Evaristo, Salomon Durand, Andrew A Lover, Simon R Ruegg

CABI One Health, vol. 2(1), 2023, pp. ohcs20230006

Knowledge, attitudes, and practices regarding COVID-19 among university students and employees in Massachusetts, USA: a qualitative study

Johanna Ravenhurst, Teah Snyder, Kate Wallace, Sheila Pennell, Sarah L Goff, Andrew A Lover

Journal of American College Health, 2023, pp. 1--13

Measuring effects of ivermectin-treated cattle on malaria vectors in Vietnam: a village-randomized trial

Estee Y. Cramer, Nguyen Xuan Quang, Jeffrey C. Hertz, Do Van Nguyen, Huynh Hong Quang, Ian H. Mendenhall, Andrew A. Lover

medRxiv, 2023 Feb

Characterizing mobility patterns of forest goers in southern Lao PDR using GPS loggers

Francois Rerolle, Emily Dantzer, Toula Phimmakong, Andrew Lover, Bouasy Hongvanthong, Rattanaxay Phetsouvanh, John Marshall, Hugh Sturrock, Adam Bennett

Malaria Journal, vol. 22, Springer, 2023 Feb

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Andrew Lover

Assistant Professor, Epidemiology

(+1) 413-545-7426

Biostatistics and Epidemiology, School of Public Health and Health Sciences


409 Arnold House
715 N Pleasant Street
Amherst, MA 01003-9304


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