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Heather Tate PhD. MS

Heather Tate

Heather Tate, PhD, MS
Heather Tate PhD. MS

National Antimicrobial Resistance Monitoring System


Dr. Heather Tate is an epidemiologist with the National Antimicrobial Resistance Monitoring System (NARMS). NARMS was established in 1996 and is an interagency collaborative effort between the FDA, USDA, and CDC that tracks antibiotic resistance in bacteria from retail meats, food-producing animals, and human clinical cases of infection. Heather has a background in both microbiology and epidemiology. She came to the FDA in 2008 as a Commissioner’s Fellow and has worked in the area of food safety for over 12 years.


  • Epidemiology of antimicrobial resistant foodborne bacteria

Select Publications

Iwamoto, M., J. Reynolds, B.E. Karp, H. Tate, P.J. Fedorka-Cray, J.R. Plumblee, R.M. Hoekstra, J.M. Whichard, B.E. Mahon. Ceftriaxone-resistant nontyphoidal Salmonella from humans, retail meats, and food animals in the United States, 1996–2013. Foodborne Pathogens and Disease. 14(2), 74–83.

Vieira, A.R., J. Grass, P.J. Fedorka-Cray, J.R. Plumblee, H. Tate, D.J. Cole. Attribution of Salmonella enterica serotype Hadar infections using antimicrobial resistance data from two points in the food supply system. Epidemiology and Infection. 2016 Jul; 144(9):1983–90.

Williams, M.S., N.J. Golden, E.D. Ebel, E.T. Crarey, H.P. Tate. Temporal patterns of Campylobacter contamination on chicken and their relationship to campylobacterioisis cases in the United States. International Journal of Food Microbiology. 2015 Sep 2; 208: 114–21.

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