Carrie Futch, a post-doctoral researcher with the College of Public Health, has been awarded a post-doctoral fellowship in infectious disease and public health microbiology from the American Society for Microbiology and Centers for Disease Control.
Beginning in November, Futch will spend two years working in the division of foodborne, waterborne and environmental diseases at the CDC in Atlanta. Selected from a broad international pool of applicants, she is one of only eight individuals to be selected for the fellowship. The fellowship with ASM/CDC will deal largely with water quality issues, primarily the detection of pathogens in the water. Tackling the numerous challenges on this front from a public health perspective, Futch will work to evaluate and determine the best ways to identify Vibrio cholerae in the environment in an effort to decrease the number of cholera outbreaks.