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Steffanie Strathdee    

Epidemiologist, Author of "The Perfect Predator," Founder & Co-Director of Innovative Phage Applications & Therapeutics

Steffanie A. Strathdee is Associate Dean of Global Health Sciences and Harold Simon Professor in the Department of Medicine at the University of California San Diego School of Medicine. She is also an Adjunct Professor at Johns Hopkins and Simon Fraser Universities. She co-directs UCSD’s new center for Innovative Phage Applications and Therapeutics (IPATH), Global Health Institute and the International Core of UCSD’s Center for AIDS Research.

An infectious disease epidemiologist, Strathdee has spent the last two decades focusing on HIV prevention in marginalized populations in developing countries and has published over 600 peer-reviewed publications and has recently begun working to move bacteriophage therapy into clinical trials at IPATH. Currently, she leads a multidisciplinary team of research on HIV risk behaviors among drug users and sex workers on the Mexico-US border.

In 2009, Strathdee and her team were awarded the Leadership Award in International Collaboration from the National Institute on Drug Abuse, who also granted her a MERIT award for her research in Tijuana. In total, she has been awarded more than 64 million USD in federal research grants as a principal investigator. She co-authored a book "The Perfect Predator: An Epidemiologist's Journey to Save Her Husband from a Deadly Superbug," published in 2019. It discusses her experience proposing an experimental bacteriophage therapy that saves her husband from a life-threatening multidrug resistant bacterial infection.

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