I have a DVM, UGA 1988; MS, UGA 1991; and PhD, UGA 1992. The MS and PhD are both in Medical Microbiology. Currently, I am a professor of veterinary microbiology and preventive medicine and the Dr. Stephen G. Juelsgaard Dean of Veterinary Medicine at Iowa State University, College of Veterinary Medicine.
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We study the mechanisms by which Extraintestinal Pathogenic Escherichia coli cause disease in animals and people. ExPEC are important causes of UTI, sepsis and neonatal meningitis in human beings and avian colibacillosis, manifesting as septicemia, airsacculitis, cellulitis, salpingitis and peritonitis in poultry.
ExPEC cause very important causes of disease of both humans and animals. These diseases cause significant morbidity and mortality around the world. Thus, better understanding of how they cause disease and resist therapy and disinfection could leave to improved control of these diseases to the benefit of human and animal health worldwide.
The thrill of discovery…coming into the lab each day is like being the first to walk on the moon...will the moon be green cheese, will I fall into a cloud of dust, will there be remnants of past people? So thrilling!
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