Food and Water-borne Disease Research Group

Our Mission

ZoonosisThe 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.

Unit Goals

  • Investigation of zoonotic food- and water-borne agents (Salmonella enterica, Escherichia coli and E. albertii,Campylobacter, Listeria monocytogenes, Vibro parahaemolyticus, etc.) including factors underlying their prevalence and distribution, their antibiotic resistance and their transmission between animals and from animals to people.
  • Collaborate with other Washington State agencies, including the Public Health Laboratory and the Department of Ecology, in surveillance for emerging infectious diseases.