Research & Publications
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. She has worked in clinical, environmental, public health, and academic laboratories for the past 20 years and received her clinical microbiology certification from the American Society for Clinical Pathology. Dr. Tanner's research is primarily focused on environmental transmission of antimicrobial-resistant organisms and antimicrobial resistance genes in healthcare and community settings. She is also interested in waterborne pathogens such as Legionella and Salmonella Typhi, wastewater-based epidemiology, a One Health approach to antimicrobial resistance, bacterial cross resistance between disinfectants and antibiotics, and the role of biofilms in antimicrobial resistance gene exchange in waterborne pathogens. She has a passion for global health research and has worked on multiple projects focused on environmental antimicrobial resistance in India and Pakistan.
Education & Training
- Postdoctoral FellowUniversity of Utah (2017)
- PhDUniversity of Utah, Public Health (2014)
- MSPHUniversity of Utah, Public Health (2008)
- SARS-CoV-2 contamination of environmental surfaces in the Emergency DepartmentNew Haven, CT, United States (2020-2021)SARS-CoV-2 contamination of environmental surfaces in the Emergency Department
- Environmental Niches of Salmonella TyphiJamshoro, Sindh, Pakistan 2019Bill 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 PakistanJamshoro, Sindh, 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 StrategiesSalt Lake City, UT, United States (2015-2020)Granular Modeling: Simulating the Transmission of Healthcare-Associated Infections in Hospitals and Control Strategies
Honors & Recognition
|Vice President's Clinical and Translational Scholar||University of Utah School of Medicine||2019|
|Induction into Alpha Theta chapter of the Delta Omega Honor Society||Delta Omega Honor Society||2014|
|Yale Institute for Global Health Antimicrobial Resistance Faculty Network||Lead||2022 - Present|