Joann McDermid

McDermid, Joann M.

Primary Appointment

Assistant Professor, Medicine: Infectious Diseases and International Health


  • 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
  • PhD, Epidemiology & Population Health, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
  • BS, Nutrition & Food Science, University of Alberta

Contact Information

MR4 Room 2134, PO Box 801320
Div of Infectious Diseases & International Health
Charlottesville, VA 22908
Telephone: 434-924-5995

Research Interests

Nutrition and major global infectious diseases; HIV/AIDS; tuberculosis and other respiratory infections; Cryptosporidium and other enteric infections

Research Description

I am interested in the complex interactions between dietary intake, nutritional health and infectious diseases. At UVA, I supervise student-led clinical research studies on: 1) the early post-partum breast milk microbiome and the developing neonatal intestinal microbiome; and 2) the evaluation of methodologies to estimate infant breast milk volume consumption in a healthy community-based population. Internationally, I conduct research within multidisciplinary collaborations examining the role of breast milk immunology (The Gambia, Zambia) and maternal-infant nutrient supplementation (Tanzania) on early infancy health and infectious disease outcomes. Additionally, long-standing work in The Gambia on iron and infection has led to a current focus on identifying differences in pathogen iron-handling by Mycobacterium africanuum as a contributing factor to explain, in part, disease phenotype differences.

Selected Publications