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Betsy Foxman

Hunein F and Hilda Maassab Endowed Professor of Epidemiology
Public Health

MSPH, PhD, University of California, Los Angeles

Dr. Betsy Foxman is the Hunein F. and Hilda Maassab Professor of Epidemiology, Director of the Center for Molecular and Clinical Epidemiology of Infectious Diseases (MAC-EPID), and Director of the Interdisciplinary Training Program in Infectious Diseases (IPID). Dr. Foxman received her Bachelor’s of Science in Conservation of Natural Resources from the University of California, Berkeley, and MSPH and PhD in Epidemiology from the University of California, Los Angeles School of Public Health. She has been at Michigan since 1984. Dr. Foxman studies the transmission, pathogenesis, ecology and evolution of infectious agents, with an emphasis on transmission. She researches the transmission of antibiotic resistance among bacteria, of bacteria among individuals, and the population transmission system using molecular biologic, epidemiologic, and ecologic approaches. Her studies have demonstrated sexual transmission of uropathogenic E. coli, and sexual transmission of Group B Streptococcus. Currently she is characterizing the role of oral and vaginal microbiota in pre-term birth, the dynamics of oral microbiota and risk of dental caries, and investigating transmission of antibiotic resistance among E. coli and Group B Streptococcus. Additional projects include studies of viral infection and bacterial pneumonia, characterizing biofilm growth on medical devices, and determining the effectiveness of cranberries in preventing urinary tract infections.


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Community and Professional Affiliation(s)

American Epidemiology Society | American Public Health Association | Infectious Disease Society of America | Society for Epidemiology Research

Research Area(s)

Clinical research | Genetics / Genomics / other OMICS | Population Health