Food- and Water-borne Disease Research Group
The WSU Food- and Water-borne Disease Research Group conducts research on
the agents responsible for diverse food- and water-borne zoonotic diseases.
The specific focus of the group is the limitation of these disease agents
within their animal reservoirs in order to improve food safety for everyone.
The Group and Research Support
The group includes research faculty of the WSU College of Veterinary
Medicine Field Disease Investigation Unit, the Washington Animal Disease
Diagnostic Laboratory, The Paul G. Allen School for Global Animal Health, the
School of Molecular Biosciences, and the departments of Veterinary Clinical
Sciences and Veterinary Microbiology and Pathology, in addition to numerous
collaborative investigators in public health agencies, food-producing
industries, regulatory agencies, veterinarians in private practice, and
agricultural animal producers. The group has received significant extramural
funding support from numerous agencies including the National Institute for
Allergy and Infectious Diseases within the National Institutes of Health, the
National Institute of Food and Agriculture within the US Department of
Agriculture, the US Food and Drug Administration, the National Science
Foundation, as well as numerous other public and private agencies and sources.
- Investigation of zoonotic food- and water-borne agents (Salmonella
Escherichia coli and E. albertii,
Vibro parahaemolyticus, etc.) including factors underlying their
prevalence and distribution, their antibiotic resistance and
their transmission between animals and from animals to
- Collaborate with other Washington State agencies,
including the Public Health Laboratory and the Department of
Ecology, in surveillance for emerging infectious diseases.