I am an infectious disease epidemiologist, professor and global health solution seeker. My husband Tom Patterson and I are currently working our first book, The Perfect Predator, the true story of how I saved Tom from a life-threatening superbug infection with a 100 year old forgotten cure that might be the solution to the global crisis of antibiotic resistance. It will be published by Hachette Book Group in early 2019.
Awards and Recognition
- 2014 Personal profile in The Lancet, July 22, 2014 2014 Honoree, “My Sister’s Voice” (photo-exhibit, 40 women making a difference in the world) 2013 Mentoring Award, National Hispanic Science Network 2012 Inaugural Postdoctoral Scholar Mentoring Award, UC San Diego 2012 UC San Diego, Campus Diversity Award, Division of Global Public Health 2010-2020 National Institute on Drug Abuse MERIT “Method to Extend Research in Time” Award for Outstanding Researchers (2010-2020) 2010 POZ Magazine –“Top 100 in the Fight against AIDS” 2010 Women Who Mean Business Award, San Diego Women in Business Journal 2009 Award for Leadership in International Collaboration, National Institute on Drug Abuse
- TIME Magazine: One of 50 Most Influential People in Health Care (2018)
Press and Media Mentions
- TIME Magazine: One of 50 Most Influential People in Health Care 2018
- Mother Jones: The Best Viral News You'll Ever Hear
- Washington Post, July 4, 2017. "This Man Should have Died But Unusual Infusions Saved his Life"
- Buzzfeed, April 2017. "Her Husband Was Dying From A Superbug. She Turned To Sewer Viruses Collected By The Navy."
- Huffington Post, April 2017. "Sewage Saved This Man's Life. One Day, It May Save Yours"
- CBC (Canada; April 2017). "The Enemy of My Enemy is My Friend"
- Pourquoi Doctor (April 2017): "Phagothérapie : un patient sauvé d'une infection mortelle"
- Daily Mail (UK; Aug 2017): "Could gargling a virus that eats bacteria solve the SUPERBUG CRISIS? As overused antibiotics become less and less effective, a tantalising discovery may revolutionise healthcare"