Dr. Kelly Baker is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Occupational and Environmental Health, with a secondary appointment in Epidemiology, at the University of Iowa College of Public Health.
- Dr. Baker received her PhD in Molecular Microbiology and Immunology from the University of Maryland. She remained at the University of Maryland as a T32 training grant-supported postdoctoral fellow to work on the Global Enteric Multi-center Study (GEMS) and gain experience in global environmental epidemiology of pediatric diarrhea.. She was a visiting graduate student at the University of Santiago, Chile, starting her focus in Global Health.
- Her research interests include:
- Development of improved field and laboratory environmental exposure assessment tools for evaluating health risks from fecally-transmitted diseases.
- Ecology of water, sanitation, and hygiene disease transmission.
- Life course epidemiology of WASH-related disease burden on maternal and child health, gender disparities.
- Her current studies explore the health effects of poor water and sanitation on maternal and child health, and also how environmental and social factors contribute to health risks.
- Dr. Baker served as a Research Assistant Professor in Environmental Health at the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University.
- She was recruited to Iowa as a part of the University’s cluster hire initiative in Water Sustainability.
- Her lab is currently developing a sensitive environmental microbiology tool that can detect and quantify 23 globally common fecally-transmitted pathogens in water, sewage and soil samples to improve the quality of information available for ecological disease transmission models.
Contact Dr. Kelly Baker:
Phone: (319) 384-4008