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Heather Tate PhD., MS

Heather Tate PhD. MS
Heather Tate PhD., MS

Division of Emerging Technologies


Dr. Heather Tate is an epidemiologist in the Division of Emerging Technologies.  She received her PhD in Biomedical Science from New York University, her MS degree in Epidemiology from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and joined the FDA in 2008. Her research supports the National Antimicrobial Resistance Monitoring System (NARMS), a U. S. public health monitoring system that tracks antimicrobial resistance (AMR) in foodborne and other intestinal bacteria using a One Health approach.


  • 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 One Health framework using epidemiologic models

Select Publications

Tate, H., Ayers, S., Nyirabahizi, E., Li, C., Borenstein, S., Young, S., Rice-Trujillo, C., Saint Fleurant, S., Bodeis-Jones, S., Li, X., Tobin-D'Angelo, M., Volkova, V., Hardy, R., Mingle, L., M'ikanatha, N. M., Ruesch, L., Whitehouse, C. A., Tyson, G. H., Strain, E., & McDermott, P. F. (2022). Prevalence of Antimicrobial Resistance in Select Bacteria From Retail Seafood-United States, 2019. Frontiers in microbiology, 13, 928509. https://doi.org/10.3389/fmicb.2022.928509

Tate H., Li C, Nyirabahizi E, Tyson GH, Zhao S, Rice-Trujillo C, Jones SB, Ayers S, M'ikanatha NM, Hanna S, Ruesch L, Cavanaugh ME, Laksanalamai P, Mingle L, Matzinger SR, Mcdermott PF; A National Antimicrobial Resistance Monitoring System Survey of Antimicrobial-Resistant Foodborne Bacteria Isolated from Retail Veal in the United States. J Food Prot 1 October 2021; 84 (10): 1749–1759. doi: https://doi.org/10.4315/JFP-21-005

Yin, X., M'ikanatha, N. M., Nyirabahizi, E., McDermott, P. F., & Tate, H. (2021). Antimicrobial resistance in non-Typhoidal Salmonella from retail poultry meat by antibiotic usage-related production claims - United States, 2008-2017. International journal of food microbiology, 342, 109044. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijfoodmicro.2021.109044

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