Maya Mishra ’22

Major

Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Project Title

Tracking Hospital-Acquired Resistant Infections

Presentation Link

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Certificate(s): Global Health and Health Policy, Planets and Life

I worked with the Center for Disease Dynamics, Economics and Policy to contribute to a global study on mapping hospital-acquired antibiotic-resistant infections. I primarily conducted a literature review of studies within several nations that had surveyed the proportion of hospital-acquired infections resistant to various antibiotics. In the last half of the internship, I used the data I collected to explore the techniques of mapping these infections in the software R. I had the privilege of undertaking this experience alongside an externship with the antibiotic resistance branch of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Between the two experiences, I gained a greater understanding of how we combat antibiotic resistance. Epidemiologists and policy experts use the science and the data I was gathering to put together plans that help save lives and ensure that we stay ahead in the battle against bacterial evolution. My internship ensured that I will explore a topic within antimicrobial resistance for my independent work during the next two years. It’s an interdisciplinary field that brings together scientists, doctors, farmers and more, and I can’t wait to dive into it further.



Internship Year

2020

Project Category

Food Systems, Water And Human Health

Organization(s)

Center for Disease Dynamics, Economics and Policy

Mentor(s)

Ramanan Laxminarayan, Senior Research Scholar, High Meadows Environmental Institute, Princeton University