Small Animal Internal Medicine

Lauren Charles

Lauren Charles

Senior Data Scientist, PNNL. Research Professor, Allen School

Office Phone: (509) 372-4976



Dr. Lauren Charles is a Veterinarian with a Data Science PhD trained in public health, epidemiology, and zoonotic diseases as well as mathematics, biology, environmental and geographic information science, plant pathology, and bioinformatics.

Personal Statement

As a data scientist, her interests lie in identifying connections between living things and the environments they share through quantifiable data to promote public health security, environmental awareness, early warning, and understanding of infectious disease processes.

Education and Training

  • Ph.D. Fisheries, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology Program, College of Veterinary Medicine, College of Natural Resources, and College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC.
  • DVM. College of Veterinary Medicine, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC
  • MS. Department of Plant Pathology, College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, North Carolina State University Raleigh, NC  
  • BA. Department of Mathematics, Boston College Chestnut Hill, MA.


  • Data Science and Data Engineering;  Data Science Dojo, Bellevue, WA
  • PNNL Science and Engineering Development Program (SEDP)

Select Publications

  • Charles LE, Smith W, Rounds J, Mendoza J. (2017) Chapter: Text-based Analytics for Biosurveillance. VK, Giabbanelli PJ, Papageorgiou EI, editors.  Advanced Data Analytics in Health. New York: Springer. pp 117-131.
  • Volkova S, Charles-Smith L, Harrison J, Corley CD. (2017) Uncovering the Relationships Between Military Community Health and Affects Expressed in Social Media.  EPJ Data Science 6(9). DOI 10.1140/epjds/s13688-017-0102-z
  • Charles-Smith LE, Reynolds TL, Cameron MA, Conway M, Lau EHY, Olsen JM, Palvin JA, Shigematsu M, Streichert LC, Suda KJ, Corley C. (2015) Using Social Media for Actionable Disease Surveillance and Outbreak Management: A Systematic Literature Review. PLoS One. 10(10): e0139701. PMID: 26437454 PMCID: PMC4593536
  • Charles-Smith LE, Cowen P, Schopler B. (2010) Environmental and physiological factors contributing to outbreaks of Cryptosporidium parvum in Propithecus coquereli (Coquerel’s Sifaka) at the Duke Lemur Center: 1999-2007.  Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine 41(3): 438–444.
  • Charles L, Carbone I, Davis KG, Bird D, Burke M, Kerry BR, Opperman CH. (2005) Phylogenetic analysis of Pasteuria penetrans by use of multiple genetic loci. Journal of Bacteriology 187(16):5700-8. PMID: 16077116 PMCID: PMC1196054


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