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Heather Tate PhD., MS

Heather Tate PhD. MS
Heather Tate PhD., MS

National Antimicrobial Resistance Monitoring System


Dr. Heather Tate is an epidemiologist in the Division of Animal and Food Microbiology.  She received her PhD in Biomedical Science from New York University in 2004 and her MS degree in Epidemiology from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health in 2005.  She initially joined FDA in 2008 as a Commissioner’s Fellow.  Dr. Tate’s primary responsibilities include epidemiologic research on antimicrobial resistance, surveillance design, and analysis, interpretation, and visualization of surveillance data collected for the National Antimicrobial Resistance Monitoring System (NARMS).


  • Using molecular microbiologic information to accurately determine trends in resistance
  • Identifying environmental and genetic risk factors and antimicrobial use practices that influence the risk of resistance
  • Describing the spatial and temporal patterns of resistance within the OneHealth framework using epidemiologic models

Select Publications

Pettengill JB, Tate H, Gensheimer K, et al. Distribution of Antimicrobial Resistance Genes across Salmonella enterica Isolates from Animal and Nonanimal Foods [published online ahead of print, 2020 Jan 21]. J Food Prot. 2020 Jan 21; 83(2): 295-304.

Tate H, Folster JP, Hsu CH, Chen J, Hoffmann M, Li C, Morales C, Tyson GH, Mukerjee S, Brown AC, Green A, Wilson W, Dessai U, Abbott J, Joseph L, Haro J, Ayers S, McDermott PF, Zhao S. Comparative Analysis of Extended Spectrum Beta- Lactamase CTX-M-65 Producing Salmonella Infantis Isolates from Humans, Food Animals, and Retail Chickens in the United States. Antimicrob Agents Chemother. 2017 Jun 27; 61(7).

Tyson GH, Tate HP, Zhao S, Li C, Dessai U, Simmons M, McDermott PF. Identification of Plasmid-Mediated Quinolone Resistance in Salmonella Isolated from Swine Ceca and Retail Pork Chops in the United States. Antimicrob Agents and Chemother. 2017 Sep 22; 61 (10).

Contact Information
Heather Tate
+1 (240) 402-5454
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