Maya Mishra ’22
Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Tracking Hospital-Acquired Resistant Infections
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.
Food Systems, Water And Human Health
Center for Disease Dynamics, Economics and Policy
Ramanan Laxminarayan, Senior Research Scholar, High Meadows Environmental Institute, Princeton University