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Associate Professor

Christopher Heaney, PhD, MS, and his team, developed a saliva-based test that accurately detects the presence of antibodies to SARS-CoV-2 from small samples of saliva.

Contact Info

615 N. Wolfe Street, Room W7033B

Research Interests

Environmental epidemiology; Occupational and environmental health; Infectious diseases; Water and health; Global climate change; Community-based participatory research
Experiences & Accomplishments
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Environmental epidemiology
Occupational and environmental health
Infectious diseases
Water and health
Global climate change
Community-based participatory research
Honors & Awards
W.K. Kellogg Health Scholar - Community Track, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 2009-2011
Steve Wing International Academic Environmental Justice Award
Sigma Xi International Scientific Research Honor Society
Select Publications
*=student trainee †=corresponding author
  • Randad PR*, Larsen J, Kaya H, Pisanic N, Ordak C, Price LB, Aziz M, Nadimpalli ML, Rhodes S, Stewart JR, Love DC, Mohr D, Davis MF, Miller LS, Hall D, Carroll KC, Perl TM, and Heaney CD. Transmission of antimicrobial-resistant Staphylococcus aureus clonal complex 9 between pigs and humans, United States. Emerging Infectious Diseases. 27(3). March 1, 2021. DOI: 10.3201/eid2703.191775
  • Pisanic N, Randad PR*, Kruczynski K, Manabe YC, Thomas D, Pekosz A, Klein S, Betenbaugh MJ, Clarke WA, Laeyendecker O, Caturegli PP, Larman HB, Detrick B, Fairley JK, Sherman AC, Rouphael N, Edupuganti S, Granger DA, Granger SW, Collins M, Heaney CD†. COVID-19 serology at population scale: SARS-CoV-2-specific antibody responses in saliva. J. Clin. Microbiol. December 16, 2020. PMID: 33067270.
  • Lambrou AS*, Luitel H, Bhattarai RK, Basnet HB, Heaney CD. Informing influenza pandemic preparedness using commercial poultry farmer knowledge, attitudes and practices (KAP) surrounding biosecurity and self-reported avian influenza outbreaks in Nepal. One Health. October 23, 2020. PMID: 33392279.
  • Randad PR*, Dillen CA, Ortines RO, Mohr D., Aziz M., Price LB, Kaya H, Larsen J, Carroll KC, Smith TC, Miller LS, Heaney CD. Comparison of livestock-associated and community-associated Staphylococcus aureus pathogenicity in a mouse model of skin and soft tissue infection. Scientific Reports. 9:6774. 2019. ?PMID: 31043631. PMCID: PMC6494861.
  • Attreed S*, Navas-Acien A, Heaney CD†. Arsenic and immune response to infection during pregnancy and early life. Current Environmental Health Reports. 2017. Doi: 10.1007/s40572-017-0141-4
Health impacts of industrial poultry production
Field development and validation of a salivary hepatitis E assay in Bangladesh
Non-invasive zoonotic pathogen exposure and outcome biomarkers with follow-up in livestock workers and household members
The impact of intensive livestock production on the disease ecology of antibiotic resistant and pathogenic Staphylococcus
Evolutionary dynamics of multidrug-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MDRSA), a zoonotic pathogen of clinical significance, among industrial food animal production workers
Longitudinal study of pathogen exposure and CAFO worker health
Preventing community-associated methicillin and multidrug-resistant Staphylococcus aureus infections in infants and young children
Multiplex oral fluid antibody assay for arbovirus diagnosis, surveillance and prevention
Arsenic and immune response to influenza vaccination in pregnant women and newborns
SEARCh: SARS-CoV-2 household transmission in Maryland