Nicole E. Basta, PhD, MPhil

Assistant Professor, Division of Epidemiology and Community Health

Nicole E. Basta

Contact Info

Office Phone 612-625-6616

Office Address:
West Bank Office Building, 300

Mailing Address:
1300 2nd St.
Minneapolis, MN 55454

PhD, Epidemiology, University of Washington

MPhil, Epidemiology, University of Cambridge

BA, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Princeton University


I am an infectious disease epidemiologist interested in advancing our understanding of the transmission dynamics of infectious diseases and the impact of vaccines and other prevention and control strategies. I combine methods from epidemiology, ecology, biostatistics, and public health practice to conduct population-based research studies to quantify the impact of new and existing vaccines and to investigate key factors driving the burden of infectious diseases. My work has focused on influenza, meningococcal disease, and HPV, though my expertise in designing epidemiologic studies is applicable to a wide range of infectious disease threats both in the U.S. and globally. My aim is to reduce the burden of infectious diseases by developing a rigorous evidence base that can inform public health policy.


Infectious diseases, vaccines, immunology, global health, health disparities, health equity, epidemiologic methods, mother & children, adolescent health, influenza, meningitis, HPV

Awards & Recognition

  • McKnight Land-Grant Professorship, 2019-2021
  • Vaccine Fellow, Vaccine Fellows Program, Elsevier Journal Vaccine, 2015-2018
  • NIH Director's Office Early Independence Award, 2011-2016
  • Outstanding Reviewer, Vaccine


Research Summary/Interests

My work currently focuses on:

  • Evaluating the impact of the new meningococcal A vaccines designed specifically for Africa and the new meningococcal B vaccines recently licensed in the US
  • Assessing the uptake of HPV vaccine among adolescents in both the U.S. and Uganda and investigating barriers to vaccination
  • Identifying seasonal trends in disease incidence and high-risk groups vulnerable to disease to develop targeted interventions

Research Methods/Techniques

I design and implement large-scale, prospective epidemiological studies to generate critical data needed to identify optimal disease prevention and control strategies. I also utilize classical and cutting-edge epidemiological and biostatistical methods to conduct data analyses and to test key hypothesis.

Research Funding Grants

  • 9/16–8/17, UMN AHC Seed Grant, "Uptake of and Barriers to Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Vaccination among Adolescent Girls in Rural
    Uganda," Principal Investigator
  • 9/11–8/17, NIH Early Independence Award, "Antibody Persistence After Conjugate Meningococcal Group A Vaccination in Mali," Principal Investigator
  • 9/16-9/18 UMN Grand Challenges Exploratory Grant, "Keys to Preventing Cancer: Unlocking ­Barriers to HPV Vaccination in Low-Income Countries, " Co-Principal Investigator


See a full list of publication on PubMed

Selected Publications

  • Basta NE, Mahmoud AA, Wolfson J, Ploss A, Heller BL, Hanna S, Johnsen P, Izzo R, Grenfell BT, Findlow J, Bai X, Borrow R. "Immunogenicity of a Meningococcal B Vaccine During a University Outbreak," New England Journal of Medicine, July 2016
  • Paireau J, Chen A, Broutin H, Grenfell B, Basta NE. "Seasonal Dyanmics of Bacterial Meningitis: A Time-Series Analysis," The Lancet Global Health, June 2016
  • Sundaram ME, Mason SM, Basta NE. "HPV vaccine uptake among overweight and obese US adolescents: An analysis of the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) 2009-2014," Vaccine, May 2016
  • Basta NE, Borrow R, Berthe A, Dembélé AT, Onwuchekwa U, Townsend K, Boukary RM, Mabey L, Findlow H, Bai X, Sow SO. "Population-Level Persistence of Immunity 2 Years After the PsA-TT Mass-Vaccination Campaign in Mali," Clinical Infectious Diseases, Nov 2015
  • Basta NE, Borrow R, Berthe A, Onwuchekwa U, Dembélé AT, Almond R, Frankland S, Patel S, Wood D, Nascimento M, Manigart O, Trotter CL, Greenwood B, Sow SO. "Higher Tetanus Toxoid Immunity 2 Years After PsA-TT Introduction in Mali," Clinical Infectious Diseases, Nov 2015


Academic Interests and Focus

My teaching philosophy builds on my research priorities and includes utilizing quantitative tools and drawing upon examples from empirical studies to educate students about epidemiology and infectious diseases.

Teaching Areas

I teach methods-based courses within the Division of Epidemiology and serve as dissertation and master's adviser for students in the Epidemiology and Environment Health Sciences divisions. I am also a faculty mentor for the Fogarty Global Health Scholars Program and the Doris Duke International Clinical Research Fellowship Program.


  • PubH 6390, Topics in Epidemiology: Vaccines



In The News

SPH News

  • Basta awarded selective McKnight Land-Grant Professorship (Read More)
  • Explaining Benefits of Herd Immunity Raises Willingness to Get Flu Shot (Read More)
  • Raising Infant Vaccination Rates Through Innovations in Access (Read more)
  • Study Raises Questions About Impact of Meningitis B Vaccine (Read more)
  • Study shows efforts to increase HPV vaccination are urgently needed in all U.S. adolescent populations (Read more)
  • Study shows bacterial meningitis cases vary by season, peak during winter (Read more)
  • Four Faculty Receive U Grants to Tailor Health Care and Improve Equity (Read more)

In the Media

  • Save a Grandma. Get Your Flu Shot (LA Times)
  • Explaining 'herd immunity' may convince more people to get flu shots (Reuters)
  • Explaining herd immunity benefits raises willingness to get flu shot (Medical Xpress)
  • Ride-sharing could improve Uganda vaccination rates, UMN researchers say (Minnesota Daily)
  • MenB Vaccine Not Fully Effective in College Outbreak (Medpage Today)
  • What Parents Need to Know about Meningitis (US News & World Report)
  • 'U' Study Finds Need to Increase HPV Vaccinations (WCCO-TV)
  • Knockout Jab: A Vaccine that Rarely Makes the News is a Big Public-Health Success. (Economist)
  • Unvaccinated Students Clustered in Some Minnesota Schools (Pioneer Press