Dr. Hillary Craddock, a 2019 doctoral graduate in environmental health sciences, received a Fulbright post-doctoral position with the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, where she will explore how the interaction of untreated human wastewater with livestock could facilitate the transmission of antibiotic-resistant bacteria in Bedouin communities.
Dr. Craddock will work with associate professor Dr. Jacob Moran-Gilad of the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev on a project titled, Assessing Antibiotic Resistance in Israeli Bedouin Communities at the Nexus of Wastewater Management, Livestock Health and Agricultural Products.
Her work will fill gaps in the knowledge base concerning antibiotic resistance within the context of the global problem of wastewater management in low-resource regions and help inform better public health interventions.
During her doctoral work, Dr. Craddock was a scholar with the CONSERVE Center of Excellence at the Nexus of Sustainable Water Reuse, Food, and Health. She conducted her doctoral work in partnership with the Arava Institute for Environmental Studies in Israel. For her dissertation, she investigated the microbial quality and persistence of antibiotics in small-scale wastewater treatment systems in the West Bank, Palestinian Territories and consumer perceptions regarding the use of treated wastewater for agricultural irrigation in Israel and the West Bank.
Prior to pursuing a PhD at the University of Maryland School of Public Health, Dr. Craddock completed her BS in Biology at the Pennsylvania State University and her MPH in epidemiology at the University of Michigan.