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Maya  Nadimpalli

Asst Professor

Assistant Professor

Faculty, Environmental Health

My research focuses on antibiotic resistance, one of the top threats facing humanity. Broadly, I use genomic and epidemiological approaches to understand how exposures to food, animals, and the environment can impact human colonization and infection with antibiotic-resistant bacteria. Current projects are focused on:

- spillover of antibiotic resistance at the human-food animal interface in low and middle-income countries, where intensive animal production that relies on routine antibiotic use is expanding,

- the role of the gut microbiome in conferring protection against multidrug-resistant pathogens, with particular interests in the effects of breastfeeding and human milk in promoting a healthy infant gut environment,

- exploring the scale, scope, and underlying factors driving racial and ethnic disparities in community-acquired, drug-resistant infections in the United States and globally.

For a list of up to date publications, see Google Scholar. To learn more about ongoing projects or to explore training opportunities, check out the Nadimpalli Lab Website.

Select Media Coverage:

Chlorinated water supplies don’t disturb healthy gut microbiomes in young children, EurekAlert!

Antimicrobial resistance in the age of COVID-19, Nature Microbiology

Researchers Cite Factors That Can Make AMR the Next Epidemic of Inequality, Infectious Diseases Society of America

Food Contamination in Cambodia Contributing to the Burden of Antibiotic Resistance, Institut Pasteur Research Newsletter

Via Farmworkers, Superbugs Find a Route Away from Drug-Using Farms, Wired Science Blogs

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Areas of Interest

  • Antibiotic Resistance
  • Community Based Research
  • Food Safety
  • Genomics
  • Safe Water, Sanitation and Hygiene
  • Surveillance
  • Vector-borne/Zoonotic Diseases


  • BA&Sc 2010, McGill University
  • M.S. 2012, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • PhD 2015, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill