Singer Epidemiology Laboratory
University of Minnesota | Department of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences
St. Paul, Minnesota
We study the complex and diverse array of conditions that influence the emergence, evolution, persistence and spread of bacterial and viral pathogens at the interface between humans, animals and the environment. Specific questions that we address include:
- How do we mitigate antimicrobial resistance in agricultural systems so that risks to human and animal health are minimized?
- Will an improved understanding of food production systems at multiple scales enable us to significantly reduce the risk of Salmonella, Campylobacter and other foodborne pathogens using currently available technology?
- How can we predict the spread of diseases over extended geographical distances, including those diseases that are transmitted by insects and arthropods?
Our work on these questions combines approaches in the fields of epidemiology, microbiology, molecular biology, mathematical and statistical modeling, public health, animal agriculture and systems thinking.
In the News
December 2022 - We are proud to release updated on-farm antimicrobial use data for U.S. turkeys, broiler chickens, and, for the first time, layer chickens. Data for turkeys and broiler chickens span years 2013-2021 and represent 70% and 80% of annual U.S. production respectively. Data for layer chickens span years 2016-2021 and represent 45% of annual U.S. table egg production.
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