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Betsy Foxman

Betsy Foxman, Ph.D.

Professor, Epidemiology

Director, Center for Molecular and Clinical Epidemiology of Infectious Diseases

M5108 SPH II      Vcard icon
1415 Washington Heights
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109-2029

Office: (734) 764-5487; Fax: (734) 764-3192

E-mail: bfoxman@umich.edu

Website(s): IPID; MAC-EPID

Curriculum Vitae (PDF)

Professional Summary

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.

Courses Taught

EPID509: Evolution, Behavior and Public Health
EPID655: Field Studies in Epidemiology
EPID682: Current issues in Molecular Epidemiology of Infectious Diseases
EPID796: Epidemiology of the Microbiome
EPID656: Research in Hospital and Molecular Epidemiology
EPID605: Infectious Disease Epidemiology
EPID682: Current issues in Molecular Epidemiology of Infectious Diseases

Education

Ph.D., in Public Health- Epidemiology, University of California, Los Angeles, 1983
M.S.P.H., in Epidemiology, University of California, Los Angeles, 1980
B.S., in Conservation of Natural Resources, University of California, Berkeley, 1977

Research Interests & Projects

Molecular epidemiology of infectious diseases, particularly infectious agents causing urinary tract infection, otitis media, lactation mastitis and vaginitis. Other interest include sexual behavior, antibiotic resistance and translation of epidemiologic information to policy.

Selected Publications

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Talarico, S., Cave, M.D., Foxman, B., Marrs, C.F., Zhang, L., Bates, J.H., Yang, Z. (2007). Association of Mycobacterium tuberculosis PE PGRS33 polymorphism with clinical and epidemiological characteristics [Journal Article. Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural] Tuberculosis, 87(4), 338-46.

Foxman, B., Gillespie, B., Manning, S.D., Marrs, C.F. (2007). Risk factors for group B streptococcal colonization: potential for different transmission systems by capsular type. [Journal Article. Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural] Annals of Epidemiology, 17(11), 854-62.

France AM. Cave MD. Bates JH. Foxman B. Chu T. Yang Z. (2007). What's driving the decline in tuberculosis in Arkansas? A molecular epidemiologic analysis of tuberculosis trends in a rural, low-incidence population, 1997 2003. [Journal Article. Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural. Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.. Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.] , 16(6), 662-71.

Smith, T.C., Roehl, S.M., Pillai, P., Li, S., Marrs, C.F., Foxman, B. (2007). Distribution of putative and established virulence genes in colonizing and invasive isolates of Streptococcus agalactiae Epidemiology & Infection, 135(6), 1046-54.

Foxman, B., Ki, M., Brown, P. (2007). Antibiotic resistance and pyelonephritis[comment]. [Comment. Editorial. Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural] Clinical Infectious Diseases, 45(3), 281-3.

Kong, Y., Cave, M.D., Zhang, L., Foxman, B., Marrs, C.F., Bates, J.H., Yang, Z.H. (February, 2007). Association between Mycobacterium tuberculosis Beijing/W lineage strain infection and extrathoracic tuberculosis: Insights from epidemiologic and clinical characterization of the three principal genetic groups of M. tuberculosis clinical isolates[Journal Journal of Clinical Microbiology, 45(2), 409-14.

Foxman, B. (February, 2007). Contributions of molecular epidemiology to the understanding of infectious disease transmission, pathogenesis, and evolution Annals of Epidemiology, 17(2), 148-56.

Srinivasan, U., Zhang, L., France, A.M., Ghosh, D., Shalaby, W., Xie, J., Marrs, C.F., Foxman, B. (January, 2007). Probe hybridization array typing: a ginary typing method of Escherichia coli. [Evaluation Studies. Journal Article. Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural] Journal of Clinical Microbiology, 45(1), 206-14.

Kong, Y., Cave, M.D., Zhang, L., Foxman, B., Marrs, C.F., Bates, J.H., Yang, Z.H. (November, 2006). Population-based study of deletions in five different genomic regions of Mycobacterium tuberculosis and possible clinical relevance of the deletions [Journal Article. Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural] , 44(11), 3940-6.

Aiello, A.E., King, N.B., Foxman, B. (November, 2006). Ethical conflicts in public health research and practice: antimicrobial resistance and the ethics of drug development [Journal Article. Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't] American Journal of Public Health, 96(11), 1910-4.

Professional Affiliations

American Public Health Association (Chair, Epidemiology Section, 2000-2001)
American College of Epidemiology (Executive Board Member, 2001-2003; President 2005-2006)
Fellow, Infectious Disease Society of America
Society for Epidemiology Research