Jay P. Graham PhD, MBA, MPH

Assistant Professor in Residence
  • Ph.D., Environmental Health Sciences – Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, Maryland. 2007
  • M.B.A. – University of Texas at El Paso, Texas. 2002
  • M.P.H. – University of Texas Health Science Center, El Paso Satellite Campus, Texas. 2000
  • B.S., Biology – University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, Arkansas. 1994

PHW 200F: Environmental Health Sciences
PH 270A Exposure Assessment and Control

Research Interests: 
  • Community-acquired antimicrobial resistance
  • Zoonotic infectious diseases
  • Environmental determinants of infectious diseases
  • Exposure assessment
Research Description: 

The key question guiding my research is: How can we reduce vulnerable populations’ – especially children’s – exposures to key environmental health threats? In answering this question, I have focused over the past decade in two key areas: 1) basic research to understand environmental determinants of biological hazards including antimicrobial resistance (AMR) and zoonotic enteric pathogens; and 2) applied research examining how to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of well-recognized environmental health interventions, such as access to improved water, sanitation and hygiene.

Current Projects: 

“Antimicrobial resistance transmission associated with small-scale food-animal production in peri-urban communities of Quito, Ecuador”. The prevalence of multi-drug resistant (MDR) Enterobacteriaceae is increasing, and infections with these organisms are no longer limited to those associated with healthcare facilities. Many of the MDR Enterobacteriaceae found in humans are community-acquired and linked to food-animals (i.e. livestock raised for meat and dairy products). This R01 study (2018-2022), funded by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, applies next-generation DNA sequencing and epidemiologic methods to quantify the exchange of MDR strains of E. coli and mobile genetic elements (e.g., plasmids) between food-animals and children living in peri-urban communities east of Quito, Ecuador where small-scale food-animal production is widely practiced.

Selected Publications: 
  • Graham, J.P., Eisenberg, J.N., Trueba, G., Zhang, L. and Johnson, T.J., “Small-Scale Food Animal Production and Antimicrobial Resistance: Mountain, Molehill, or Something in-between?” Environmental Health Perspectives, 2017, pp. 1-5.
  • Graham J.P., M. Hirai, and S.S. Kim, “An Analysis of Water Collection Labor among Women and Children in 24 Sub-Saharan African Countries” PLOS ONE, 11(6), 2016, pp. 1-14.
  • Aguas-Vasco K., J.P. Graham, G. Trueba, “Detection of zoonotic enteropathogens in children and domestic animals in a semi-rural community in Ecuador” Applied Environmental Microbiology, 82(14), 2016, pp. 4218-4224.
  • Lowenstein C., Waters W.F., Roess A., Leibler J.H., J.P. Graham, “Animal husbandry practices and perceptions of zoonotic infectious disease risks among livestock keepers in a rural parish of Quito, Ecuador” American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, 95(6), 2016, pp. 1450–1458.

Dr. Jay Graham's research applies epidemiologic methods and next-generation DNA sequencing to refine our understanding of the spatial and temporal transmission of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) and zoonotic infectious diseases. He has worked collaboratively in many settings in Latin America, Asia and Africa, and has extensive experience working on the US-México border where he conducted research on the primary prevention of diarrheal diseases and pneumonia within informal settlements of Ciudad Juárez, MX. His work contributes to the development of more efficient and cost-effective approaches to scale-up public health initiatives for the prevention and control of infectious diseases. Dr. Graham holds an M.P.H. and an M.B.A., and he received his Ph.D. from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Prior to joining the Berkeley faculty, he served as a AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellow within the Bureau for Global Health at the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), where he provided technical leadership on water, sanitation and hygiene and household air pollution programs. He also served on the faculty of the School of Public Health at George Washington University, where he directed the graduate program in Global Environmental Health.

Other interests: 

Backpacking, cycling, photography and videography

Profile Updated: January 15, 2019