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Windy Tanner, MSPH, PhD

Associate Research Scientist in Epidemiology
Windy Tanner
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Windy Tanner is a clinical and environmental microbiologist with training and experience in infectious disease epidemiology. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry and Masters of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in Public Health. Her research is primarily focused on antimicrobial resistance in natural and clinical environments and the spread of resistance factors in healthcare and community settings. She is also interested in other waterborne pathogens such as Legionella, and the effect of disinfectants and other water quality parameters on shaping the microbiome of water systems and bacterial cross resistance between disinfectants and antibiotics. Dr. Tanner also studies the role of biofilms in the dissemination and antimicrobial resistance gene exchange of waterborne pathogens. She has a strong interest in Global Health work and many of her projects have involved field work and method development for field detection of antimicrobial-resistant organisms in the environment in other countries.

Education & Training

  • PhD
    University of Utah, Public Health (2014)
  • MSPH
    University of Utah, Public Health (2008)
  • Postdoctoral Fellow
    University of Utah


  • Environmental Niches of Salmonella Typhi
    Jamshoro, Pakistan 2019
    Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Grand Challenges Exploration grant to study Salmonella Typhi in the environment in Sindh Province, Pakistan.
  • Presence and Transmission of Antibiotic Resistant Organisms via Fecal-Oral Routes in Pakistan
    Jamshoro, Pakistan (2018-2019)
    Study of carbapenem-resistant E. coli in community latrines in Sindh Province, Pakistan
  • Granular Modeling: Simulating the Transmission of Healthcare-Associated Infections in Hospitals and Control Strategies
    Salt Lake City, United States (2015-2020)

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