Professor in Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences, School of Public Health
I have wanted to be a scientist since I was in middle school. I fulfilled that dream by acquiring a PhD in microbiology. Now as a Full Professor with 213 peer-reviewed publications and an additional 48 book chapters and mentoring > 70 undergraduates and 15 graduate students on environmental vancomycin resistant enterococci, environmental, clinical and occupational methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus, antibiotic resistance genes and resistant bacteria in the environment, emerging and reemerging diseases, molecular epidemiology, using a One Health approach on and how the environment, humans and animals interact and share antibiotic resistant bacteria, antibiotic resistance genes and diseases, I would like to give back and help train scientists at the beginning of their careers in resource poor countries. The work in Nepal will allow me to do this by providing the supplies and expertise to our Nepalese colleagues. I hope the work we do here will provide a model to work in other countries in Asia and The Americas.