Environmental Microbiologist at Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Gouthami Rao has dedicated her life’s work to improving water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) in developing countries. She has volunteered on water infrastructure projects in Uganda and Honduras, conducted water quality research on river waters of Ecuador and Atlanta, and worked as a lab coordinator on a large randomized controlled trial investigating the effect of WASH interventions on children in rural, western Kenya for almost two years.
Currently, Gouthami works as an environmental microbiologist for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) within the Waterborne Disease Prevention Branch and is focusing on an outbreak response capacity building project in Sierra Leone, and assisting with other global WASH projects in Guatemala and Zambia.
In her free time, she enjoys learning new forms of dance such as bharatanatyam, a classical Indian dance form, traveling internationally (backpacking style), hiking, and scuba diving. She earned both her Bachelor of Science (BS) in Environmental Science and a Master of Public Health (MPH) in Environmental Health from Emory University in Atlanta, GA. Gouthami is an IMSA Graduate, Class of 2008.