Home Institution: Duke University
Fellowship Site: Botswana-UPenn partnership in Gaborone, Botswana
Research Topic: The impact of HIV infection or exposure on the nasopharyngeal microbiome of children in Botswana
Dr. Patel will spend her fellowship year at the Botswana-UPenn partnership in Gaborone under the mentorship of Colleen Cunningham, MD, Tonya Arscott-Mills, MD, MPH, David Murdoch, MD, MPH and Nathan Thielman, MD, MPH. Her research will evaluate the relationship between HIV infection or exposure and the nasopharyngeal microbiome of healthy children in Botswana. Dr. Patel is a third year fellow in pulmonary and critical care and global health at Duke University. She obtained both her undergraduate and medical degrees from Duke University and completed her residency in internal medicine at the University of California, San Francisco. She is a former Fogarty International Clinical Research Scholar and spent her third year of medical school in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Her long-term research interests focus on understanding the role the respiratory microbiome plays in the development of respiratory diseases in resource-limited settings.