Fellowships Awarded: 2009
Lisa Krain, ScM, is currently investigating the role of industrial livestock farms in animal-to-human disease transmission and antibiotic-resistant infections in rural U.S. communities. Ms. Krain plans to examine whether residential and occupational exposures to large farms are linked to increased risk of methicillin-resistant? Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infections. In addition to standard epidemiologic approaches, she plans to use spatial techniques to model exposure to large farms, as well as laboratory tests to determine whether some of the human infections are caused by livestock-associated MRSA strains. Ms. Krain earned a bachelor's degree from the University of California, Berkeley, where she studied anthropology and geoscience. She holds an ScM degree in Epidemiology from JHSPH. Her doctoral advisors are Ellen Silbergeld, PhD, professor of Environmental Health Sciences, and Kenrad Nelson, MD, professor of Epidemiology.