(September 2020) The RNA Institute would like to welcome it’s newest member Dr. Cheryl P. Andam. Dr. Andam is an Assistant Professor in the department of Biological Sciences at the University at Albany. Her research focuses on microbial genomics and evolution as they apply to infectious diseases and public health.
“We are particularly interested in the evolution and mechanisms of antimicrobial resistance, including resistance due to horizontally acquired genes and chromosomal mutations (e.g., mutations in the RNA polymerase). To explore these questions, we use whole genome sequencing of closely related strains to understand the evolutionary, ecological and epidemiological dynamics of bacterial pathogens, which will inform effective, more targeted public health interventions”, said Dr. Andam.
Dr. Andam’s current work focuses on different species of bacterial pathogens (e.g., Staphylococcus, Streptococcus, Salmonella) and antibiotic-producers (e.g., Streptomyces).
Dr. Andam was awarded the Faculty Early Career Development Program (CAREER) Award by the National Science Foundation in 2019.
BS – University of the Philippines
MS – Binghamton University, SUNY
PhD – University of Connecticut
Postdoc – Cornell University
Postdoc – Harvard School of Public Health