Heather Amato


Heather is a PhD student in Environmental Health Sciences working with Dr. Jay Graham. She received her MPH in Global Environmental Health from Emory University in 2016 and a BA in Psychology from Kenyon College in 2013. She spent the last two years as a data analyst at Tracking California, a CDC-funded program that mobilizes environmental health data to inform public health action. Her current research aims to quantify impacts of water and sanitation infrastructure on the carriage of infectious pathogens that are resistant to antibiotics. She hopes to quantify the abundance and diversity of antimicrobial resistance genes through space and time with machine learning and spatial statistics. Heather is also interested in using novel machine learning techniques to reduce bias in existing metagenomics methods used for identifying resistance genes.