Division of Infectious Diseases

Mark Loeb

BSc (McGill), MD (McGill), MSc (McMaster), FRCPC

Professor, Department of Pathology and Molecular Medicine

Division Director, Infectious Diseases

Associate Member, Department of Medicine

Joint Member, Dept of Health Research Methods, Evidence and Impact

Michael G. DeGroote Chair in Infectious Diseases


Academic Interests

My research interests include epidemiologic and genomic population-based studies on viral infectious including influenza, West Nile, and dengue.  Current projects include an NIH population genetics research program, a CIHR funded cluster randomized controlled trial to reduce spread of influenza by immunizing children in Hutterite colonies, and a CIHR funded influenza pandemic team grant to establish natural history as well as immunologic and genetic determinants of influenza infection. 

Team Members

Mark Loeb Research Group (MLRG)

Executive Assistant/Office Coordinator:
coltermm@mcmaster.ca Ext 26679

Study Coordinators/Assistants:
Caralyn Kelly-Stradiotto Ext 21451
Rozhin Rasekhi Ext 26006
Vitheya Thanabalan Ext 26665
Nola Fuller Ext 26669

Research Nurses:
Imelda Esporlas-Jewer Ext 26673

Database Administrator:
Pardeep Singh Ext 26668

Lab Technician:
Jennifer Newton Ext 21478

Laboratory Assistants:

Current MSc Students:
Shahrzad Motaghi

Current PhD Students:
Jessica Bartoszko
Tinuke Olagunju
Charlotte Switzer

Current Post Doc Students:
Biao Wang

Recent Graduate Students:
Danielle Vuichard (MSc, 2016), Eduardo Fernandez (PhD, 2015), Jeffrey Pernica (MSc, 2014), Jennie Johnstone (PhD, 2014), Michelle Bridge-Science (MSc-2012), Dominik Mertz (MSc, 2011), Aimei Fan (MSc, 2011), Ellen Korol (MSc, 2011), Angela Barbara (PhD, 2011), Sajjad Rafiq (Post doctorate, 2010), Binod Neupane (PhD, 2010), Annie Ruest (MSc, 2010), Kam Kahnamoui (MSc, 2006), Soo Chan Carusone (PhD, 2005)

Selected Publications

  1. Loeb M, Russell M, Moss L, Fonseca K, Fox J, Earn D, et al. Effect of Influenza Vaccination of Children on Infection Rates in Hutterite Communities. JAMA 2010; 303:943-950.
  2. Loeb M, Dafoe N, Mahony J, John M, Sarabia A, Glavin V, Webby R, Smieja M, Earn D, Chong S, Webb A, Walter SD.  Surgical mask versus N95 respirator for preventing influenza among healthcare workers: a randomized trial.  JAMA. 2009 Nov 4; 302:1865-71.
  3. Loeb M, Hanna S. Nicolle L, Eyles J, Elliott S, Rathbone M, Drebot M, Neupane B, Fearon M, Mahony J. Prognosis after West Nile Virus Infection. Ann Intern Med 2008;149:232-41.
  4. Loeb M, Chan Carusone S, Goeree R, Walter S, Brazil K, Krueger P, Simor A, Moss L, Marrie T. Effect of a clinical pathway to reduce hospitalizations in nursing home residents with pneumonia. JAMA 2006; 295:2503-10.
  5. Loeb M, Brazil K, Lohfeld L, McGeer A, Simor AE, Stevenson K, Zoutman D, Liu X, Smith S, Walter S. Effect of a multifaceted intervention on number of antimicrobial prescriptions for suspected urinary tract infections in residents of nursing homes: cluster randomized controlled trial. BMJ 2005; 331:669.