New AgBioResearch faculty member

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MSU AgBioResearch, Shannon ManningShannon Manning, assistant professor in the Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics, became affiliated with AgBioResearch in January. Her research focuses on applying molecular and evolutionary approaches to study the virulence, epidemiology and evolution of bacterial pathogens to better understand pathogenesis, emergence, and transmission in human and animal populations. She works primarily with Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli (STEC) and group B Streptococcus (GBS). She is also examining how enteric infections alter intestinal microbial communities, and identifying factors important for STEC shedding in cattle.

Manning has been a member of the research faculty at MSU since 2004 and worked closely with the late Thomas Whittam and H. Dele Davies in the Department of Pediatrics and Human Development. Before coming to MSU, she was awarded an emerging infectious diseases research fellowship through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Association of Public Health Laboratories, and worked at the Michigan Department of Community Health, Bureau of Laboratories. Manning received her doctorate in molecular epidemiology, her master’s degree in public health and her bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of Michigan in 2001, 1998 and 1993, respectively.

Photo: MSU AgBioResearch scientist, Shannon Manning

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