CORE A: Administration and Planning (RP3 Administration)
Research Project 3: Exploring Tobacco Microbial Constituents and the Oral Microbiome of Tobacco Users (Co-Principal Investigator)
Amy R. Sapkota is currently an Associate Professor in the Maryland Institute for Applied Environmental Health at the University of Maryland, School of Public Health. She also holds a joint appointment in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics. Dr. Sapkota received a PhD in Environmental Health Sciences from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and an MPH in Environmental Health Sciences from the Yale School of Public Health. She completed post-doctoral fellowships at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and the Environmental Microbial Genomics Group within Le Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique in Lyon, France. Dr. Sapkota's research interests lie in the areas of environmental microbiology, environmental microbial genomics, exposure assessment and environmental epidemiology. Her projects focus on evaluating the complex relationships between environmental exposures and human infectious diseases. Current projects include: 1) exploring the microbiota of cigarettes, smokeless tobacco products, new and emerging nicotine delivery products and environmental tobacco smoke, as well as the oral microbiome of tobacco users and non-users by utilizing next generation sequencing technologies; 2) evaluating the prevalence of bacterial pathogens, as well as total bacterial diversity, in reclaimed wastewater used for spray irrigation by using next generation sequencing technologies and culture-based approaches; and 3) evaluating socioeconomic and environmental disparities in the risk of Campylobacter, Salmonella, Shigella and E. coli infections in the U.S.