Eisenberg Group - Environmental Determinants of Infectious Diseases

Betsy Foxman, Ph.D.


Director, Center for Molecular and Clinical Epidemiology of Infectious Diseases
Professor, Epidemiology

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E-mail: bfoxman@umich.edu

Office: (734) 764-5487

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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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Notable Achievements: Member, Institute of Medicine, Immunization Safety Committee (2001-2004); President, American College of Epidemiology (2005-2006); Chair, American Public Health Epidemiology Section (2000-2001); Wade Hampton Frost Lecture Leadership, The Epidemiology Section of the American Public Health Association (2005); Alumni Hall of Fame Inductee, University of California, Los Angeles, School of Public Health, (2008); Senior Fellow, Michigan Society of Fellows, (2010-2014); Chair, Program Committee, 2006 North American Congress of Epidemiology (2003-2006)


EPID509: Evolution, Behavior and Public Health
EPID655: Field Studies in Epidemiology
EPID682: Current issues in Molecular Epidemiology of Infectious Diseases
EPID788: Evolutionary Epidemiology
EPID796: Epidemiology of the Microbiome


>> Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Infectious Diseases

Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Infectious Diseases is a peer-reviewed open access journal that publishes original research papers and state-of-the-art reviews of broad interest on the transmission, pathogenesis and evolution of infectious agents.... More >>


>> Establishing a Causal Connection in the Transfer of Antibiotic Resistance

Using stool samples collected in a previous study, we will extract E. coli DNA from each sample and create microarray chips.... More >>


>> Descriptive Study of the Presence of Antibiotic Resistance in the Environment

This study aims to characterize the profile of antibiotic resistant E. coli bacteria in different environmental media.... More >>


>> Regional Surveillance of Antibiotic Resistance: A Serial Case-Control Study

This study examines the regional scale surveillance of antibiotic resistance within humans and chickens in northern coastal Ecuador.... More >>


>> Social Network Structure and the Determinants of Pathogen Genetic Diversity

A model was developed describing pathogen evolution within a social network.... More >>


>> Ecology of Antibiotic Use in Northern Coastal Ecuador

We describe how the flow of antibiotics and their use varies by remoteness of community.... More >>


>> Antibiotic Resistance in Broiler Chickens in Northern Coastal Ecuador

This study aims to characterize the dynamics of the emergence of antibiotic resistance in chickens.... More >>


>> Factors Contributing to Oral Health Disparities in Appalachia

The role of the University of Michigan in this study conducted in collaboration with the University of Pittsburgh and University of West Virginia is to test the hypothesis that dental cariogenesis results from overgrowth of relatively few species against the alternative that cariogenesis is a consequence of complex combinations of many species, i.e., of community structure.... More >>


>> Oral and Vaginal Microbes, Human Genotype, and Preterm Birth

In this study we will describe how often the different microbes associated with bacterial vaginosis and periodontitis are found in the mouth and vaginal cavity, and their relative abundance, and if the presence at both sites increases risk of preterm birth over presence in only one site.... More >>


>> Interdisciplinary Training Program in Infectious Diseases (IPID)

The Interdisciplinary Training Program in Infectious Disease (IPID) provides support for pre-doctoral and post-doctoral training at the interface of epidemiology, microbiology, complex systems, mathematics, statistics, and medicine.... More >>


>> Host Response, Viral Infection, and Bacterial Pneumonia

In this study, we explore the interactions among influenza, Streptococcus pneumoniae and Staphylococcus aureus that lead to pneumonia at the individual and population levels.... More >>


>> Streptococcus agalactiae (Group B streptococcus)

We are conducting several different studies characterizing the molecular epidemiology of Group B streptococcus.... More >>


>> Uropathogenic Escherichia coli

We are conducting several different studies characterizing the molecular epidemiology of uropathogenic E. coli.... More >>


>> Cranberry in the Prevention of Catheter-Associated UTI

We are conducting a double blind randomized controlled clinical trial to test whether cranberry juice reduces the incidence of urinary tract infections.... More >>


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