Biography

Stephen “Steve” Luby, M.D., is Professor of Medicine at Stanford University in the Division of Infectious Diseases and Geographic Medicine. He also is Senior Fellow at the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment and at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, and serves as Research Deputy Director for the Center for Innovation in Global Health. Luby is a faculty advisor for Lotus Water, a project that is working to treat drinking water at shared hand pumps in low-income, urban areas to make water safe for consumption and storage. As an infectious disease specialist, Luby’s primary research interests are in developing practical solutions to environmental problems that directly impact human health in low-income countries. Luby has led numerous studies on point of use water treatment uptake and associated health benefits in Pakistan, Guatemala, Kenya and Bangladesh. Luby lived in Dhaka, Bangladesh from 2004 – 2012 where he directed the Centre for Communicable Diseases at the International Center for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh. He has also worked as a Medical Epidemiologist in the Foodborne and Diarrheal Diseases Branch of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention exploring causes and prevention of diarrheal disease in settings where diarrhea is a leading cause of childhood death. Luby earned his M.D. degree from the University of Texas--Southwestern Medical School at Dallas.