Dr. LaPlante is a department chairperson and tenured professor at the University of Rhode Island College of Pharmacy. She is also an adjunct professor of medicine at Brown University. She is an infectious disease pharmacotherapy specialist, research fellowship director, and program director of the Rhode Island Infectious Diseases research program at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Providence, RI.
As a licensed clinical pharmacist, LaPlante is an internationally recognized expert on antibiotic use, antimicrobial resistance, as well as health policy implementation. She remains on the frontline of the antimicrobial resistance public health crisis by leading statewide initiatives and serving as an advisor to the Centers of Diseases Control and Prevention.
Combining a clinical and scientific career, Dr. LaPlante has published over 127 peer-reviewed research articles, and she has received continuous, uninterrupted funding with over 40 successfully awarded grants totaling over 20 million from the National Institutes of Health, the Department of Veterans Affairs, and Investigator-Initiated Research from Research and Development divisions of the pharmaceutical industry.
She is an elected Fellow of the Infectious Diseases Society of America and the American College of Clinical Pharmacy, and a past president of the Society of Infectious Diseases Pharmacists. She is a vice-president at Making a Difference in Infectious Diseases (MAD-ID), and an Associate Editor for Clinical Infectious Diseases. She has also published a book titled “Antimicrobial Stewardship Principles and Practices,” available on Amazon.