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Ousseny Zerbo, PhD


Kaiser Permanente Division of Research
2000 Broadway
Oakland, CA 94612

(510) 891-3524 (phone)

Ousseny Zerbo, PhD, is a Staff Scientist in the Vaccine Study Center at Kaiser Permanente Northern California Division of Research. His research interest is in vaccination patterns and safety in children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder and vaccine safety during pregnancy. Prior to his current position, he worked in the Autism Research Program investigating risk factors associated with autism and health care utilization patterns in adults with autism. He received his doctoral training in Epidemiology from the University of California Davis. His dissertation work was on maternal infections, particularly influenza during pregnancy as a risk factor for autism spectrum disorders. Before his training in epidemiology, he was a high school biology teacher in Burkina Faso, West Africa, where he is originally from. 

Current Position(s):

  • Staff Scientist

Section Affiliations:

Primary Research Interests:

  • Epidemiology of autism and neurodevelopmental disorders

Related Website(s):

Effect of Maternal Influenza Vaccination during Pregnancy on Risk of Infant Influenza

This project has three major aims: 1) to examine whether influenza vaccination during pregnancy prevents influenza and other respiratory infections in infants aged 0 to 12 months, with a sub-aim to examine the effect of vaccine timing during pregnancy on these outcomes; 2) to evaluate the effect of maternal influenza vaccination during pregnancy on the effectiveness of influenza vaccine administered to infants; and 3) to examine whether influenza non-vaccination during pregnancy clusters geographically, and determine if those clusters are associated with influenza and influenza-like illnesses during pregnancy.
Investigator: Zerbo, Ousseny
Funder: National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases

Association Between Influenza Infection and Vaccination During Pregnancy and Risk of Autism Spectrum Disorder

Author(s): Zerbo O; Qian Y; Yoshida C; Fireman BH; Klein NP; Croen LA

JAMA Pediatr. 2016 Nov 28.

PubMed abstract

Factors Affecting Vaccination in Children and Their Siblings After Autism Spectrum Disorder Diagnosis-Reply

Author(s): Zerbo O; Klein NP

JAMA Pediatr. 2018 Aug 06.

PubMed abstract

Vaccination Patterns in Children After Autism Spectrum Disorder Diagnosis and in Their Younger Siblings

Author(s): Zerbo O; Modaressi S; Goddard K; Lewis E; Fireman BH; Klein NP; et al.

JAMA Pediatr. 2018 Mar 26.

PubMed abstract

Association Between Estimated Cumulative Vaccine Antigen Exposure Through the First 23 Months of Life and Non-Vaccine-Targeted Infections From 24 Through 47 Months of Age

Author(s): Glanz JM; Newcomer SR; Daley MF; DeStefano F; Groom HC; Jackson ML; Lewin BJ; McCarthy NL; McClure DL; Narwaney KJ; Nordin JD; Zerbo O

JAMA. 2018 03 06;319(9):906-913.

PubMed abstract

Use of acellular pertussis vaccines in the United States: can we do better?

Author(s): Klein NP; Zerbo O

Expert Rev Vaccines. 2017 Oct 20:1-5.

PubMed abstract

No association between influenza vaccination during pregnancy and adverse birth outcomes

Author(s): Zerbo O; Modaressi S; Chan B; Goddard K; Lewis N; Bok K; Fireman B; Klein NP; Baxter R

Vaccine. 2017 May 31;35(24):3186-3190. Epub 2017-05-05.

PubMed abstract

Association Between Influenza Infection and Vaccination During Pregnancy and Risk of Autism Spectrum Disorder

Author(s): Zerbo O; Qian Y; Yoshida C; Fireman BH; Klein NP; Croen LA

JAMA Pediatr. 2016 Nov 28.

PubMed abstract

​Kaiser Permanente Northern California pregnancy database: Description and proof of concept study

Author(s): Zerbo O; Chan B; Goddard K; Lewis N; Bok K; Klein NP; Baxter R;

​Vaccine. 2016 Nov 4;34(46):5519-5523. doi: 10.1016/j.vaccine.2016.10.006. Epub 2016 Oct 7.

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Polychlorinated Biphenyl and Organochlorine Pesticide Concentrations in Maternal Mid-Pregnancy Serum Samples: Association with Autism Spectrum Disorder and Intellectual Disability

Author(s): Lyall K; Croen LA; Sj?din A; Yoshida CK; Zerbo O; Kharrazi M; Windham GC

Environ Health Perspect. 2016 Aug 23.

PubMed abstract

Autism with intellectual disability is associated with increased levels of maternal cytokines and chemokines during gestation

Author(s): Jones KL; Croen LA; Yoshida CK; Heuer L; Hansen R; Zerbo O; DeLorenze GN; Kharrazi M; Yolken R; Ashwood P; Van de Water J

Mol Psychiatry. 2016 May 24.

PubMed abstract

​Maternal mid-pregnancy C-reactive protein and risk of autism spectrum disorders: the early markers for autism study

Author(s): Zerbo O; Traglia M; Yoshida C; Heuer LS; Ashwood P; Delorenze GN; Hansen RL; Kharrazi M; Van de Water J; Yolken RH; Weiss LA; Croen LA;

​Transl Psychiatry. 2016 Apr 19;6:e783. doi: 10.1038/tp.2016.46.

PubMed abstract

The health status of adults on the autism spectrum

Author(s): Croen LA; Zerbo O; Qian Y; Massolo ML; Rich S; Sidney S; Kripke C;

PubMed abstract

A Study of Physician Knowledge and Experience with Autism in Adults in a Large Integrated Healthcare System

Author(s): Zerbo O; Massolo ML; Qian Y; Croen LA

J Autism Dev Disord. 2015 Sep 3.

PubMed abstract

Immune mediated conditions in autism spectrum disorders

Author(s): Zerbo O; Leong A; Barcellos L; Bernal P; Fireman B; Croen LA

Brain Behav Immun. 2015 May;46:232-6. Epub 2015-02-11.

PubMed abstract

Neonatal cytokines and chemokines and risk of Autism Spectrum Disorder: the Early Markers for Autism (EMA) study: a case-control study

Author(s): Zerbo O; Yoshida C; Grether JK; Van de Water J; Ashwood P; Delorenze GN; Hansen RL; Kharrazi M; Croen LA

J Neuroinflammation. 2014;11:113. Epub 2014-06-20.

PubMed abstract

Maternal Infection During Pregnancy and Autism Spectrum Disorders

Author(s): Zerbo O; Qian Y; Yoshida C; Grether JK; Van de Water J; Croen LA

J Autism Dev Disord. 2013 Dec 24.

PubMed abstract

A genome-wide survey of transgenerational genetic effects in autism

Author(s): Tsang KM; Croen LA; Torres AR; Kharrazi M; Delorenze GN; Windham GC; Yoshida CK; Zerbo O; Weiss LA

PLoS ONE. 2013;8(10):e76978. Epub 2013-10-24.

PubMed abstract

Is maternal influenza or fever during pregnancy associated with autism or developmental delays? Results from the CHARGE (CHildhood Autism Risks from Genetics and Environment) study

Author(s): Zerbo O; Iosif AM; Walker C; Ozonoff S; Hansen RL; Hertz-Picciotto I;

​J Autism Dev Disord. 2013 Jan;43(1):25-33. doi: 10.1007/s10803-012-1540-x.

PubMed abstract

​Month of conception and risk of autism

Author(s): Zerbo O; Iosif AM; Delwiche L; Walker C; Hertz-Picciotto I;

​Epidemiology. 2011 Jul;22(4):469-75. doi: 10.1097/EDE.0b013e31821d0b53.

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