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Heidi Goethert - ScD

Heidi Goethert
Research Assistant Professor
Vector-borne Infections, Disease ecology

Campus Phone:
(508) 887-4790


  • ScD – Harvard School of Public Health- 2002
  • MS- Harvard School of Public Health- 1999
  • BS – Tufts University-1993
  1. Telford, S.R., Goethert, H.K. 2020. Ecology of francisella tularensis. Annual Review of Entomology.
  2. Telford, S.R., Goethert, H.K., Molloy, P.J., Berardi, V. 2019. Blood smears have poor sensitivity for confirming borrelia miyamotoi disease. Journal of Clinical Microbiology.
  3. Ranaivoson, H.C., Héraud, J.-M., Goethert, H.K., Telford, S.R., Rabetafika, L., Brook, C.E. 2019. Babesial infection in the Madagascan flying fox, Pteropus rufus É. Geoffroy, 1803. Parasites and Vectors.
  4. Goethert, H.K., Molloy, P., Berardi, V., Weeks, K., Telford, S.R. 2018. Zoonotic babesia microti in the northeastern U.S.: Evidence for the expansion of a specific parasite lineage. PLoS ONE.
  5. Cavanaugh, C.E., Muscat, P.L., Telford, S.R., Goethert, H., Pendlebury, W., Elias, S.P., Robich, R., Welch, M., Lubelczyk, C.B., Smith, R.P. 2017. Fatal deer tick virus infection in Maine. Clinical Infectious Diseases.
  6. Lemieux, J.E., Tran, A.D., Freimark, L., Schaffner, S.F., Goethert, H., Andersen, K.G., Bazner, S., Li, A., McGrath, G., Sloan, L., Vannier, E., Milner, D., Pritt, B., Rosenberg, E., Telford, S., Bailey, J.A., Sabeti, P.C. 2016. A global map of genetic diversity in Babesia microti reveals strong population structure and identifies variants associated with clinical relapse. Nature Microbiology.
  7. Telford, S.R., Goethert, H.K., Molloy, P.J., Berardi, V.P., Chowdri, H.R., Gugliotta, J.L., Lepore, T.J. 2015. Borrelia miyamotoi Disease: Neither Lyme Disease Nor Relapsing Fever. Clinics in Laboratory Medicine.
  8. Molloy, P.J., Telford, S.R., Chowdri, H.R., Lepore, T.J., Gugliotta, J.L., Weeks, K.E., Hewins, M.E., Goethert, H.K., Berardi, V.P. 2015. Borrelia miyamotoi disease in the northeastern United States a case series. Annals of Internal Medicine.
  9. Goethert, H.K., Telford, S.R. 2014. Not "out of Nantucket": Babesia microti in southern New England comprises at least two major populations. Parasites and Vectors.
  10. Chowdri, H.R., Gugliotta, J.L., Berardi, V.P., Goethert, H.K., Molloy, P.J., Sterling, S.L., Telford III, S.R. 2013. Borrelia miyamotoi infection presenting as human granulocytic anaplasmosis: A case report. Annals of Internal Medicine.
  11. Gugliotta, J.L., Goethert, H.K., Berardi, V.P., Telford III, S.R. 2013. Meningoencephalitis from Borrelia miyamotoi in an immunocompromised patient. New England Journal of Medicine.
  12. Goethert, H.K., Telford, S.R. 2011. Differential mortality of dog tick vectors due to infection by diverse Francisella tularensis tularensis genotypes. Vector-Borne and Zoonotic Diseases.
  13. Telford III, S.R., Goethert, H.K., Cunningham, J.A. 2011. Prevalence of ehrlichia muris in wisconsin deer ticks collected during the mid 1990s. Open Microbiology Journal.
  14. Berrada, Z.L., Goethert, H.K., Cunningham, J., Telford III, S.R. 2011. Rickettsia rickettsii (Rickettsiales: Rickettsiaceae) in Amblyomma americanum (Acari: Ixodidae) from Kansas. Journal of Medical Entomology.
  15. Telford III, S.R., Goethert, H.K. 2011. Toward an understanding of the perpetuation of the agent of tularemia. Frontiers in Microbiology.
  16. Goethert, H.K., Telford III, S.R. 2010. Quantum of infection of Francisella tularensis tularensis in host-seeking Dermacentor variabilis. Ticks and Tick-borne Diseases.
  17. Matsumoto, K., Cook, J.A., Goethert, H.K., Telford III, S.R. 2010. Bartonella sp. infection of voles trapped from an interior Alaskan site where ticks are absent. Journal of Wildlife Diseases.
  18. Goethert, H.K., Saviet, B., Telford III, S.R. 2009. Metapopulation structure for perpetuation of Francisella tularensis tularensis. BMC Microbiology.
  19. Goethert, H.K., Telford III, S.R. 2009. Nonrandom distribution of vector ticks (Dermacentor variabilis) infected by Francisella tularensis. PLoS Pathogens.
  20. Matsumoto, K., Berrada, Z.L., Klinger, E., Goethert, H.K., Telford III, S.R. 2008. Molecular detection of Bartonella schoenbuchensis from ectoparasites of deer in Massachusetts. Vector-Borne and Zoonotic Diseases.

General Research Interests

  • Molecular ecology and epidemiology of tick-borne diseases- with emphasis on infections that are local: Lyme disease, babesiosis, anaplasmosis, deer tick virus and tularemia.

Selected Research Projects

  • Molecular epidemiology and phylogeology of Babesia microti in New England
  • Ecology and host associations of deer tick-transmitted infections
  • Development of new tools for blood meal analysis in ticks


Research and Clinical Interests

  • Ecology and epidemiology of tick-borne infections
  • Molecular epidemiology
  • Phylogeology