Faculty Profile

Betsy  Foxman, PhD

Betsy Foxman, PhD

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), Director of the Integrated Training in Microbial Systems (ITiMS) program,  and Director of the Certificate Program in Healthcare Associated Infection Prevention and Control (CHIP) at the University of Michigan. Foxman received her Bachelor of Science in Conservation of Natural Resources from the University of California, Berkeley, and MSPH and PhD in Epidemiology from the UCLA School of Public Health. Foxman studies the transmission, pathogenesis, ecology, and evolution of infectious agents with an emphasis on transmission. Current research projects include studies of the interactions between viral infections and microbiota, vaginal microbiota and pre-term birth, the oral microbiota and dental health, and epidemiology of antibiotic resistant bacteria.

  • PhD, 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

  • Molecular epidemiology of infectious diseases
  • The role of the human microbiome in pathogen resistance, disease susceptibility and clinical presentation
  • Urinary tract infections, hospital acquired infections, oral health, respiratory infections, and antibiotic resistance

  • Ramadugu K, Blostein F, Bhaumik D, et al. Co-occurrence of yeast, streptococci, dental decay, and gingivitis in the post-partum period: results of a longitudinal study. J Oral Microbiol. 2020;12(1):1746494. Published 2020 Apr 15.

  • Wang J, Foxman B, Pirani A, Lapp Z, Mody L, Snitkin E. Application of combined genomic and transfer analyses to identify factors mediating regional spread of antibiotic resistant bacterial lineages [published online ahead of print, 2020 Apr 2]. Clin Infect Dis. 2020;ciaa364.

  • Blostein F, Gelaye B, Sanchez SE, Williams MA, Foxman B. Vaginal microbiome diversity and preterm birth: results of a nested case-control study in Peru. Ann Epidemiol. 2020;41:28-34. doi:10.1016/j.annepidem.2019.11.004

  • Lee KH, Foxman B, Kuan G, et al. The respiratory microbiota: associations with influenza symptomatology and viral shedding. Ann Epidemiol. 2019;37:51-56.e6. doi:10.1016/j.annepidem.2019.07.013

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