Our bodies host various microorganisms that can impact our risk for certain diseases. By advancing our understanding of how these microbial communities work, researchers can better understand the link between the human microbiome and health. During Lunch with a Scientist, Cindy Liu will talk about her work looking for ways to alter the human microbiome in order to protect people from a variety of infectious diseases, including HIV.
Registration is required (no charge). Limit: 20. This lunch will be held at the Milken Institute School of Public Health, 950 New Hampshire Ave, NW This event is now full.
Cindy M. Liu is trained in molecular microbiology, microbial ecology, and clinical pathology (laboratory medicine). It is her career mission to help medicine to shift infectious disease and public health practices based on our understanding of the human microbiome, and importantly, to move beyond empiric antibiotic use in order to combat antibiotic resistance.
To achieve her career mission, Dr. Liu works on several research projects that are funded through the NIH and other governmental agencies and foundations. Her research projects are highly multidisciplinary and involves team members and collaborators that range from molecular microbiologists, bioinformaticists, immunologists, clinicians, and epidemiologists to individuals working on communications and behavioral research as well.
As the chief medical officer of the Antibiotic Resistance Action Center at George Washington, Dr. Liu recently began working on outpatient antimicrobial stewardship. This project seeks to improve antimicrobial stewardship in retail healthcare sectors (e.g., urgent care, telemedicine, etc.) through a collaboration with industry partners, the Urgent Care Association of America, and Dr. Rana Hamdy, the director of antimicrobial stewardship at Children's National Medical Center.