Women of Impact: Gayatri Vedantam’s quest to stop an elusive, deadly adversary

Dr. Gayatri Vedantam
UArizona CALES

Dr. Gayatri Vedantam’s story is worthy of a Netflix detective series, or a lost Sherlock Holmes adventure: A tenacious, brainy detective and a shapeshifting, deadly adversary locked in a chase across two decades and multiple continents. Vedantam, a Professor in the School of Animal and Comparative Biomedical Sciences and a U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Research Career Scientist, has spent her entire professional career working to prevent and treat gastrointestinal infections. For the past 15 years at the University of Arizona, she and her research team have focused on Clostridioides difficile, a deadly bacterium that causes healthcare-associated infections.