Daniele Lantagne

Research Professor

Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy Civil and Environmental Engineering Professor, Community Health


Working with Feinstein since 2017

Based in Somerville, MA

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Daniele’s main research interest is how to reduce the burden of infectious diseases by investigating and evaluating the effectiveness of water, sanitation, and hygiene interventions. Daniele and her partners complete laboratory, field, and policy research with diverse funding sources. Currently, they are working on translating research to action to inform humanitarian response, studying fecal sludge management interventions, researching the effectiveness of coordination, and working on WHO policy committees for Ebola and COVID-19 infection, prevention, and control.

Over the past two decades, Daniele has provided technical assistance and completed research activities in more than 50 countries in Africa, Asia, and Central/South America in both development and humanitarian response contexts, and published over 100 manuscripts.

Daniele began working in water, sanitation, and hygiene to reduce the burden of infectious disease in 2000 with her master’s, then continued with teaching in environmental engineering at MIT before working at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention from 2003-2010. She completed her post-doctoral work at Harvard’s Center for International Development from 2010-2012, and joined Tufts University in 2012.

Daniele received her S.B. and M.Eng. in environmental engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1996 and 2001, and her Ph.D. in 2011 from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in Infectious Tropical Diseases. She is a registered professional engineer (PE) in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

Daniele enjoys backcountry hiking, state highpointing (50 state completer!), rocket ashtanga yoga, cooking vegan foods, and raising her two children with her husband.


  • Water, sanitation, and hygiene
  • Emerging infectious diseases
  • Humanitarian response



Daniele has taught Public Health Engineering, Engineering in Crises, Field Methods for Global Health, and WASH Design in the past, and will be developing her teaching portfolio at Feinstein into the future.


  • String, G., Kamal, Y., White, M., Gute, D., Mühlberger, E., and Lantagne, D. (2022). Support for Recommendations of Precleaning Before Disinfection: Limited Efficacy of Soapy Water as a Disinfectant against SARS-CoV-2. Journal of Environmental Engineering, 148(11): 01220003.
  • Lantagne, D., Lehann, L., Yates, T., Gallandat, K., Sikder, M., Domini, M., and String, G. (2021). Lessons learned from conducting six multi-country mixed-methods effectiveness research studies on water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) interventions in humanitarian responseBMC Public Health: 21(1):1-7.
  • Yates, T., Zannat, H., Khandaker, N., Porteaud, D., Bouvet, F., and Lantagne, D. (2021). Evidence summary of water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) coordination in humanitarian response. Disasters: 45(4):913-938.
  • Bedrosian, N., Mithcell, E., Rohm, E., Rothe, M., Kelly, C., String, G., and Lantagne, D. (2020). A systematic review of surface contamination, stability, and disinfection data on SARS-CoV-2 (through July 10, 2020). Environmental Science & Technology: 55(7):4162-4173.
  • Sikder, M., Daraz, U., Lantagne, D., and Saltori, R. Effectiveness of multilevel risk management emergency response activities to ensure free chlorine residual in household drinking water in Southern Syria. Environmental Science & Technology: 52(24):14403-14410.
  • Lantagne, D., Wolfe, M., Gallandat, K., and Opryszko, M. (2018). Determining the Efficacy, Safety and Suitability of Disinfectants to Prevent Emerging Infectious Disease Transmission. Water: 10(10):1397.
  • Wolfe, M., Kaur, M., Yates, T., Woodin, M., and Lantagne, D. (2018) A systematic review and meta-analysis of the association between water, sanitation, and hygiene exposures and cholera in case–control studies. American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene: 99(2):534.

Additional publications can be found on Google Scholar.