October 11, 2017 | Veterinary Medicine News
Megan Jacob specializes in foodborne pathogens, food safety, and antimicrobial resistance.
At NC State’s College of Veterinary Medicine, Jacob focuses on pre-harvest food safety and transmission dynamics of pathogenic bacteria. She has also developed a research program in veterinary diagnostic microbiology focused on diagnosing and monitoring antimicrobial-resistant organisms in animal populations.
In addition to her research, Jacob serves as Director of Diagnostic Laboratories, which offers a range of services in microbiology, parasitology and virology, as well as routine PCRs for specific bacterial species and viral agents. Through this role, Jacob and her team aim to improve the laboratory diagnostic experience for veterinary clinicians, and expand diagnostic opportunities throughout the US and globally.
Global Health Research Fields
- Antimicrobial resistance
- Food safety
Main Areas of Expertise
- Microbiological and antimicrobial resistance detection techniques and diagnostics
- Epidemiology and ecology of foodborne pathogens
- Transmission dynamics of pathogenic bacteria
Global Health Research Interests
- Improving food safety by assessing the transmission dynamics of pathogenic bacteria
- Improving global surveillance of antimicrobial resistance by harmonized methods and integrated data systems
Countries of Experience
- WHO collaboration (providing training for various countries)
- NC State University, North Carolina | United States
- Utrecht University, Utrecht | Netherlands
- Jaap Wagenaar, Professor of Clinical Infectiology
- Advisory Group on Integrated Surveillance of Antimicrobial Resistance (AGISAR), World Health Organization
- Jorge Matheu Alvarez, Project Officer, Food Safety & Zoonotic Diseases Dept, WHO
- Qingdao Agricultural University, Qingdao | China
- Zhihui Hao