McDermid, Joann M.

Joann M. McDermid

Joann M. McDermid

Primary Appointment

Assistant Professor, Medicine: Infectious Diseases and International Health


  • PhD, Epidemiology & Population Health, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
  • BS, Nutrition & Food Science, University of Alberta
  • RD, MS, Clinical Nutrition, Kingston General Hospital
  • MSc, Dietetics & Human Nutrition, McGill University, Montreal, P.Q., CANADA
  • Diploma, Epidemiology & Biostatistics, McGill University, Montreal, P.Q., CANADA

Contact Information

Div of Infectious Diseases & International Health
Charlottesville, VA 22908
Telephone: 434-924-5995

Research Interests

Nutrition and Infectious Diseases; HIV; Tuberculosis; Cryptosporidium

Research Description

I am interested in the interaction between nutrition and infectious diseases. Key areas of research interest include: (1) understanding host-pathogen iron metabolism as a determinant of infectious disease susceptibility and prognoses; (2) understanding the epidemiology of anemia in settings with co-existing anemia of inflammation/ infection and poverty-associated malnutrition; (3) understanding the role of infection-mediated inflammation and cachectic processes in relation to fetal, neonatal and infant growth and development; and (4) understanding how early infancy feeding practices and breast milk immunology are associated with early infancy infection and vaccine efficacy. The overall goal of this research is to provide the evidence-based rationale for designing and implementing effective nutritional interventions in resource-restricted regions that have high infectious disease burdens.

Selected Publications