Senior Fellow - Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment; Sr. Fellow, Freeman Spogli Inst. for International Studies; Research Deputy Director for the Stanford Univ. Center for Innovation in Global Health; Prof. of Medicine, Infectious Diseases
Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, Center for Innovation in Global Health
Dr. Luby earned his MD degree from the University of Texas--Southwestern Medical School at Dallas. His previous positions include directing the Centre for Communicable Diseases at the International Centre for Diarrhoeal Diseases Research, Bangladesh in Dhaka, Bangladesh, conducting research and teaching epidemiology at the Aga Khan University in Karachi, Pakistan, and working as an epidemiologist in the Foodborne and Diarrheal Diseases Branch of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Dr. Luby is best known for his work demonstrating the impact of handwashing on disease reduction in low income countries, characterizing the epidemiology of Nipah virus transmission in Bangladesh, and explicating the importance of unsafe injections for transmission of hepatitis C in low income countries.
His research focuses on developing practical solutions to environmental problems that directly impact human health in low income countries. He works primarily in Bangladesh. His ongoing projects include 1) assessing the health impact of strategies to improve water, sanitation and hygiene with particular attention to interventions that are applicable at scale; 2) reducing the adverse environmental and health consequences of brick manufacturing in Bangladesh; 3) reducing the exposure to lead among residents of rural Bangladesh; 4) characterizing and preventing zoonotic disease transmission especially of henipa and influenza viruses.
Selected Publications by this Author
News & Press Releases
New U.N. Sustainable Development Goals include a new criterion, water quality. Stanford researchers launched a major study of the health impact of access to chlorinated water in Bangladesh, funded by the World Bank.
By Leslie Willoughby,
Interviews Woods Senior Fellows Stephen Luby and Jenna Davis and Woods Research Associate Amy Pickering about their work with the Lotus Water Project.
By Lauren Farrar,
Commentary by Senior Fellow Stephen Luby (Medicine) explaining why many well-funded sanitation programs may actually be misguided because they fail to focus on issues such as changing defecation habits, handwashing promotion, rotavirus vaccines, nutritional supplementation and clinical improvements.
By Stephen Luby,
Discusses interim results of Environmental Venture Project-supported research showing link between pesticide use and lead poisoning.
By Rafe Sadnan Adel,