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Our Mission: Innovating to Protect Humanity from the Global Threat of Antimicrobial Resistance: Integrating Solutions Across Human and Veterinary Medicine, Stewardship, and Awareness

We are excited to announce that Jacinda Abdul-Mutakabbir, PharmD, MPH, AAHIVP will present on “The Intersection of Racism, Antimicrobial Resistance, and Vaccine Equity” for a Black History Month seminar sponsored jointly by Micro DEI, the Levy CIMAR, and the Tufts Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences. This talk will take place on Thursday, February 29th, 2024 at 12 Noon both in person and by Zoom (details to come). 

Among her many titles, Dr. Abdul-Mutakabbir is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Pharmacy at UC San Diego’s Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences and in the Division of the Black Diaspora and African American Studies. Her research in mitigating antimicrobial resistance has led her to be recognized by the European Congress of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases as one of their 30 under 30 outstanding young scientists, for their ECCMID 2021 31st annual meeting.  She is also dedicated to magnifying and rectifying health inequities in minoritized communities. To that point, she currently serves as the Lead Pharmacist and Educator for Congregations Organized for Prophetic Engagement-Health Equity Collaborative and was the 2023 recipient of the Infectious Disease Society of American Clinical Practice Innovation Award.

Dr. Abdul-Mutakabbir’s talk will provide an overview of health equity principles, inequities observed in AMR, and the link to vaccine inequities.She will explore a framework on how to incorporate equity into different facets of practice, both within and outside of the realm of infectious diseases practice.

You can learn more about Dr. Abdul-Mutakabbir here. You can also download a flyer for the event here. The event’s hosts are Aimee Shen, PhD, PhD Candidate Adrianne Gladden-Young, and Micro DEI.

Please join us for a seminar from Brown University’s Christina Cuomo, PhD, a Professor of Molecular Microbiology & Immunology who works to identify mechanisms of virulence and drug resistance that can be used to guide and refine treatment decisions. Dr. Cuomo will present on “Genomic Epidemiology and Evolution of Drug Resistance in Candida auris” on Thursday, March 28th, at 12 noon both in person and by Zoom (details to come).

Dr. Cuomo and team utilize genomic approaches to study the evolution of human fungal pathogenic species, taking comparative, population genomic, and microevolutionary approaches to identify genes and variants associated with phenotypes linked to virulence and drug resistance and to characterize how genome structure evolves.

Dr. Cuomo is also the Director of the Fungal Genomics Group and Associate Director in the Genomic Center for Infectious Diseases at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard. Dr. Cuomo’s work at the Broad has led to major insights into the unique features of pathogenic species, how genomes evolve, variation with pathogen populations, antifungal drug resistance, and genes involved in host interaction.

You can learn more about her research here and here.

Our Values

The Levy CIMAR is committed to a culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion both within our organization and for all people who are impacted by our work. We strive for health equity for people from all backgrounds and identities, and we actively support societal and institutional structures that promote justice and equality. We are also committed to being a safe, respectful, and inclusive environment for our trainees, staff, faculty, affiliates, and partners. One Health acknowledges the interconnectedness of all humans, along with animals and our environments. Antimicrobial resistance impacts us all.