Dr. Price is pioneering the use of genomic epidemiology to understand how the misuse of antibiotics in food animals affects public health. By analyzing the genomes of bacteria found in humans, food, livestock, and environments near food-animal production sites, Dr. Price and his colleagues have traced new strains of antibiotic-resistant pathogens to industrial livestock operations. Dr. Price communicates with policymakers, journalists, and the public about public health issues, including how the routine use of antibiotics in food-animal production contributes to the spread of antibiotic-resistant infections in humans (e.g., Methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus, or MRSA). His research has been covered in media outlets around the world, including the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, U.S. News & World Report, ABC News, PBS Frontline, NPR, Scientific American, Men's Journal, and Fitness Magazine, among others.
Prior to joining the GW faculty, Dr. Price served on the faculty of the Arizona-based non-profit Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen). He maintains an appointment at TGen and continues to direct their Center for Food Microbiology and Environmental Health and Center for Microbiomics and Human Health. Dr. Price hopes to facilitate collaborations between GW researchers and TGen genomics experts as he works between the two institutions. Dr. Price received his Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Microbiology and Biology from Northern Arizona University and his Doctorate in Environmental Health Sciences from the Johns Hopkins University, where he was a Center for a Livable Future Doctoral Fellow.