Olivia Cords

Position Title
Graduate Student Researcher


Olivia is interested in understanding ecological and evolutionary drivers of zoonotic infectious diseases. She graduated from Stanford University with a BA in Human Biology and an MS in Earth Systems. Following a year studying primates in Kenya, she worked in an epidemiology lab studying human tuberculosis. She is a dual degree  (DVM/PhD) student working with Dr. Johnson, Dr. Anthony, and Dr. Evans and plans on studying bat coronaviruses in Myanmar.

Recent Projects

Human tuberculosis, primate flaviviruses

Education and Degree(s)
  • B.A., M.S. DVM/PhD candidate
  • Cords, O., Martinez, L., Warren, J. L., O'Marr, J. M., Walter, K. S., Cohen, T., ... & Andrews, J. R. (2021). Incidence and prevalence of tuberculosis in incarcerated populations: a systematic review and meta-analysis. The Lancet Public Health, 6(5), e300-e308.
  • Martinez, L., Cords, O., Horsburgh, C. R., Andrews, J. R., Acuna-Villaorduna, C., Ahuja, S. D., ... & Zhu, L. (2020). The risk of tuberculosis in children after close exposure: a systematic review and individual-participant meta-analysis. The Lancet, 395(10228), 973-984.
  • Carbone A, Oliveira R, Lemos EF, Cohen T, Cords O, Martinez L, Gonçalves C, Ko A, Andrews JR, Croda J. Yield and Costs of Mass Screening Algorithms for Tuberculosis in Brazilian Prisons. Clinical Infectious Diseases (Accepted Pending Revisions). November 2019.
  • Martinez L*, Lo N*, Cords O, Hill PC, Khan P, Hatherill M, Mandalakas A, Kay A, Croda J, Horsburgh CR, Zar HJ, Andrews JR (2019). Pediatric Tuberculosis Transmission Outside the Household: Challenging Historical Paradigms to Inform Future Public Health Strategies. The Lancet Respiratory Medicine, 7 (6), 544-552. (*Contributed equally).
  • Sokolow, S. H., Jones, I. J., Jocque, M., La, D., Cords, O., Knight, A., ... & Collender, P. A. (2017). Nearly 400 million people are at higher risk of schistosomiasis because dams block the migration of snail-eating river prawns. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 372(1722), 20160127