Salmonella Working Group

The Salmonella Working Group brings together faculty from the colleges of agriculture and veterinary medicine to explore the transmission and control methods of the foodborne bacteria Salmonella.




Leanne is an assistant professor/extension specialist in the Dept. of Animal Sciences and the Dept. of Crop, Soil, and Environmental Sciences. Her research focus is economically and environmentally sustainable pasture-based livestock systems, including soil-plant-animal interactions and water quality.


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Dr. Ken Macklin is a professor and Extension specialist in the College of Agriculture’s Department of Poultry Science. One of his areas of research involves trying to develop methods to control or preferably eliminate Salmonella in poultry production. He has spent time determining the antibiotic resistance of field isolates of Salmonella. During the course of this research, field samples have been characterized as to their antibiotic resistant profiles. Results from these studies have shown no correlation between antibiotic usage and resistance; however, there was some resistance to commonly used antibiotics in humans.


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Dr. Emefa Monu is an assistant professor in poultry science and studies food microbiology. Specifically, she conducts research on alternatives to reduce pathogenic and spoilage bacteria and fungi in food. This includes natural antimicrobials derived from plants and bacteria. She has an ongoing collaboration with the Food and Drug Authority in Ghana to provide training/workshops for their Food Enforcement Officers and help develop food safety training for food entrepreneurs.


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Dr. Benjamin Newcomer is an assistant professor and food animal clinician in the College of Veterinary Medicine. His research focuses on infectious diseases of cattle and small ruminants.




Dr. Robert A. Norton, PhD, is a professor at Auburn University and currently serves as coordinator of National Security Initiatives in the Auburn University Open Source Intelligence Laboratory and program director of the Futures Laboratory, a collaborative effort between Auburn University, Auburn University at Montgomery and Air University at Maxwell Air Force Base. A long-time consultant to multiple federal agencies and the Department of Defense, Dr. Norton’s research interests include public health/one health, intelligence analysis, chemical and biological weapons defense, medical and technical intelligence, military-related science and technology, biosecurity/biodefense, and veterinary infectious diseases.



Stephanie Ostrowski is an associate professor, Department of Pathobiology, in the College of Veterinary Medicine. Her research interests include public health/one health, herd health; food animal medicine and surgery; agricultural sustainability; epidemiology; emerging infectious diseases; equine sports medicine; CBRNE preparedness and response; and food safety, including antimicrobial resistance.


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Dr. Stuart Price is a bacteriologist in the College of Veterinary Medicine who works with the zoonotic foodborne pathogen Salmonella.  His lab investigates the use of pathogen-targeted bacteriophages as living antimicrobials for use as alternatives to antibiotic use in food animals. The goal is to utilize bacteriophages along with other natural antimicrobials to inhibit pathogen growth in animals, without concomitantly increasing the selection of antibiotic resistant pathogens in the food animal microbiome.



Soren Rodning is an associate professor and extension specialist in the Department of Animal Sciences. His specialty areas include statewide food animal and agricultural support, and herd health management for beef and dairy cattle. His is the coordinator for Alabama’s Beef Quality and Pork Quality Assurance Programs.




Julie Gard Schnuelle, DVM, is a professor in the College of Veterinary Medicine and is boarded in theriogenology (reproduction). Her interest areas include reproduction and alternate therapies to antimicrobials in disease management.