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Karen Shapiro- BS, DVM, MPVM, PhD
Assistant Research Scientist
Pathology, Microbiology & Immunology

5303 VM3A
Davis, CA 95616


kshapiro@ucdavis.edu

   

Research Focus

Areas of research interest include transport and fate of zoonotic pathogens in watersheds and coastal ecosystems; effects of landscape change and climate variability on disease transmission; impacts of water scarcity and impaired quality on human and animal population health, and food safety.


Topics of research projects include:

Zoonotic infectious diseases

Waterborne infectious diseases

Food safety

Wildlife population health

Human public health

Epidemiology

Specialty Focus

Waterborne zoonoses

Education

2011 MPVM Epidemiology, University of California, Davis, California
2009 PhD Comparative Pathology, University of California, Davis, California
2002 DVM Veterinary Medicine, University of California, Davis, California
1997 BS Wildlife Conservation, University of California, Davis, California

Honors and Awards

2010 Oceans and Human Health Postdoctoral Fellowship
2008-2009 Floyd and Mary Schwall Dissertation Year Fellowship in Medical Research in Comparative Pathology
2008 International EcoHealth Forum Full Travel Scholarship
2008 Traum Microbiology Scholarship
2008 Walter Carr Award, Outstanding Student Paper, Northern California Parasitologists Annual Meeting
2008 Consortium for Women and Research Travel Award
2006-2009 School of Veterinary Medicine Graduate Student Support Scholarship
2005-2009 Graduate Group of Comparative Pathology Student Block Fund Scholarship

Licenses

California Veterinary Medical Association, Boarded

Active Research Grants

Principal Investigator, Association of noroviruses with aquatic aggregates: Implications for seafood safety, (Principal Investigator), UC Davis Academic Federation

Co-Principal Investigator, Methods for the detection of diverse parasites on packaged salads based on (viable) oocysts, Stefan Wuertz (Principal Investigator), Center for Produce Safety

Most Recent 10 Publications

  • Karen Shapiro: Surveillance for Toxoplasma gondii in California mussels (Mytilus californianus) reveals transmission of atypical genotypes from land to sea 2015 Shapiro K, VanWormer E, Aguilar B, Conrad PA. Surveillance for Toxoplasma gondii in California mussels (Mytilus californianus) reveals transmission of atypical genotypes from land to sea Environ Microbiol, doi:10.1111/1462-2920.12685,
  • Karen Shapiro: Concentration and retention of Toxoplasma gondii oocysts by marine snails demonstrate a novel mechanism for transmission of terrestrial zoonotic pathogens in coastal ecosystems 2015 Krusor C, Smith WA, Tinker MT, Silver M, Conrad PA, Shapiro K Concentration and retention of Toxoplasma gondii oocysts by marine snails demonstrate a novel mechanism for transmission of terrestrial zoonotic pathogens in coastal ecosystems Environ Microbiol, doi: 10.1111/1462-2920.12927,
  • Karen Shapiro: Molecular epidemiology of Cryptosporidium spp. and Giardia spp. in mussels (Mytilus californianus) and California sea lions (Zalophus californianus) from Central California. 2014 Adell AD, Smith WA, Shapiro K, Melli A, Conrad PA Molecular epidemiology of Cryptosporidium spp. and Giardia spp. in mussels (Mytilus californianus) and California sea lions (Zalophus californianus) from Central California. Appl Environ Microbiol,
  • Karen Shapiro: Estimating environmental conditions affecting protozoa pathogen removal in surface water wetland systems using a multi-scale model-based approach 2014 Daniels ME, Hogan J, Smigh WA, Los Huertos M, Oates SC, Miller MA, Hardin D, Shapiro K, Conrad PA, Dominik C, Watson FGR Estimating environmental conditions affecting protozoa pathogen removal in surface water wetland systems using a multi-scale model-based approach Sci Total Environ,
  • Karen Shapiro: Prevalence and characterization of Salmonella shed by captive and free-range California sea lions (Zalophus californianus) from a rehabilitation center and three state reserves along the California coast. 2014 Berardi T, Shapiro K, Byrne BA, Miller W Prevalence and characterization of Salmonella shed by captive and free-range California sea lions (Zalophus californianus) from a rehabilitation center and three state reserves along the California coast. J Zoo Wildl Med,
  • Karen Shapiro: Aquatic polymers can drive pathogen transmission in coastal ecosystems 2014 Shapiro K, Krusor C. Mazzillo FFM, Conrad PA, Largier JL, Mazet JAK, Silver MW Aquatic polymers can drive pathogen transmission in coastal ecosystems Proc Biol Sci,
  • Karen Shapiro: Attempted detection of Toxoplasma gondii oocysts in environmental waters using a simple approach to evaluate the potential for waterborne transmission in the Gal├ípagos Islands, Ecuador 2014 Verant ML, d'Ozouville N, Parker PG, Shapiro K, VanWormer E, Deem SL Attempted detection of Toxoplasma gondii oocysts in environmental waters using a simple approach to evaluate the potential for waterborne transmission in the Gal├ípagos Islands, Ecuador EcoHealth,
  • Karen Shapiro: A new pathogen transmission mechanism in the ocean: the case of sea otter exposure to the land-parasite Toxoplasma gondii. 2013 Mazzillo FF, Shapiro K, Silver MW A new pathogen transmission mechanism in the ocean: the case of sea otter exposure to the land-parasite Toxoplasma gondii. PloS one,
  • Karen Shapiro: Simultaneous detection of Giardia lamblia and Cryptosporidium parvum (oo)cysts in soil using immunomagnetic separation and direct fluorescent antibody staining 2013 Orlofsky E, Gillor O, Melli A, Miller WA, Wuertz S, Bernstein N, Shapiro K Simultaneous detection of Giardia lamblia and Cryptosporidium parvum (oo)cysts in soil using immunomagnetic separation and direct fluorescent antibody staining J Microbiol Meth,
  • Karen Shapiro: Hydrologic and vegetative removal of Cryptosporidium parvum, Giardia lamblia, and Toxoplasma gondii surrogate microspheres in coastal wetlands 2013 Hogan JN, Daniels ME, Watson FG, Oates SC, Miller MA, Conrad PA, Shapiro K, Hardin D, Dominik C, Melli A, Jessup DA, Miller WA Hydrologic and vegetative removal of Cryptosporidium parvum, Giardia lamblia, and Toxoplasma gondii surrogate microspheres in coastal wetlands Appl Environ Microbiol,