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Patrick McDermott MS, PhD.

Patrick McDermott, MS, PhD
Patrick McDermott MS, PhD.

National Antimicrobial Resistance Monitoring System


Dr. Patrick McDermott is Director of the Division of Animal and Food Microbiology and Director of the National Antimicrobial Resistance Monitoring System (NARMS) at the Office of Research. 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. DAFM conducts the retail meat testing component of NARMS, and conducts microbiological research related to animal health and food safety.  His work is aimed at understanding the genetic mechanisms of antibiotic resistance, how resistance emerges and spreads, and the impact of interventions designed to limit resistance in food animal production.


  • The evolution, persistence and spread of antimicrobial resistance in foodborne bacteria
  • Molecular epidemiology of antimicrobial resistance genes

Select Publications

Tyson GH, Li C, Hsu CH, Bodeis-Jones S, McDermott PF. Diverse Fluoroquinolone Resistance Plasmids From Retail Meat E. coli in the United States. Front Microbiol. 2019 Dec 5;10:2826. 

Hendriksen RS, Bortolaia V, Tate H, Tyson GH, Aarestrup FM, McDermott PF. Using Genomics to Track Global Antimicrobial Resistance.  Front Public Health. 2019 Sep 4;7:242. 

Nguyen M, Long SW, McDermott PF, Olsen RJ, Olson R, Stevens RL, Tyson GH, Zhao S, Davis JJ. Using Machine Learning To Predict Antimicrobial MICs and Associated Genomic Features for Nontyphoidal Salmonella.  J Clin Microbiol. 2019 Jan 30;57(2):e01260-18. 

Zhao S, Li C, Mukherjee S, Hsu CH, Singh R, Gilbert J, McDermott P. Complete Genome Sequences of Two Avilamycin-Resistant Enterococcus faecium Strains Isolated from Chicken in the United States.  Microbiol Resour Announc. 2019 Nov 21;8(47)

Contact Information
Patrick McDermott
+1 (240) 402-0891
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