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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, Molecular epidemiology of toxoplasmosis in southern sea otters, (Principal Investigator), American Association of Zoo Veterinarians – Wildlife Health Fund

Principal Investigator, Impacts of land use and climate change on the transmission waterborne zoonoses, (Principal Investigator), National Science and Engineering Research Council

Principal Investigator, Simultaneous Detection, Viability Discrimination, And Quantitative Risk Assessment Of Shellfish-Borne Protozoan Pathogens , (Principal Investigator), United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)

Principal Investigator, Dangerous hitchhikers: Association of zoonotic pathogens with microplastics in fresh and marine waters, (Principal Investigator), Academic Federation innovation award

Principal Investigator, Prevalence and Risk Factors of Toxoplasma infection in sheep and goats in Ontario, Canada, (Principal Investigator), Gartshore Memorial Sheep Research Fund

Collaborator, Les re´ponses aux stress chez les parasites protozoaires d’origine alimentaire Toxoplasma gondii et Cryptosporidium spp. / STress Responses In the foodborne protozoan Parasites Toxoplasma gondii and Cryptosporidium spp. (STRIP), Isabelle Villena (Principal Investigator), National Research Agency of France

Most Recent 10 Publications

  • Karen Shapiro: Concentration and retention of Toxoplasma gondii surrogates from seawater by red abalone (Haliotis rufescens) 2016 Schott KC, Krusor C, Tinker MT, Moore J, Conrad PA, Shapiro K Concentration and retention of Toxoplasma gondii surrogates from seawater by red abalone (Haliotis rufescens) Parasitology,
  • Karen Shapiro: Coastal development and precipitation drive pathogen flow from land to sea: evidence from a Toxoplasma gondii and felid host system 2016 VanWormer E, Carpenter TE, Singh P, Shapiro K, Wallender WW, Conrad PA, Largier JL, Maneta MP, Mazet JA Coastal development and precipitation drive pathogen flow from land to sea: evidence from a Toxoplasma gondii and felid host system Sci Rep,
  • Karen Shapiro: California mussels (Mytilus californianus) as sentinels for marine contamination with Sarcocystis neurona 2016 Michaels L, Rejmanek D, Aguilar B, Conrad P, Shapiro K California mussels (Mytilus californianus) as sentinels for marine contamination with Sarcocystis neurona Parasitology,
  • Karen Shapiro: Comparable levels of microbial contamination in soil and on tomato crops after drip irrigation with treated wastewater or potable water 2016 Orlofsky E, Bernstein N, Sacks M, Vonshak A, Benami M, Kundu A, Maki M, Smith W, Wuertz S, Shapiro K, Gillor O Comparable levels of microbial contamination in soil and on tomato crops after drip irrigation with treated wastewater or potable water Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment,
  • Karen Shapiro: Dual congenital transmission of Toxoplasma gondii and Sarcocystis neurona in a late-term aborted pup from a chronically infected southern sea otter (Enhydra lutris nereis) 2016 Shapiro K, Miller MA, Packham AE, Aguilar B, Conrad PA, Vanwormer E, Murray MJ Dual congenital transmission of Toxoplasma gondii and Sarcocystis neurona in a late-term aborted pup from a chronically infected southern sea otter (Enhydra lutris nereis) Parasitology,
  • Karen Shapiro: Sarcocystis fayeri in skeletal muscle of horses with neuromuscular disease 2016 Aleman M, Shapiro K. Siso S, Williams DC, Rejmanek D, Aguilar B, Conrad P Sarcocystis fayeri in skeletal muscle of horses with neuromuscular disease Neuromuscular Disord,
  • Karen Shapiro: Detection and characterization of diverse coccidian protozoa shed by California sea lions 2015 Girard YA, Johnson CK, Fritz HM, Shapiro K, Packham AE, Melli AC, Carlson-Bremer D, Gulland FM, Rejmanek D, Conrad PA Detection and characterization of diverse coccidian protozoa shed by California sea lions Int J Parasitol Parasites Wildl,
  • Karen Shapiro: Effects of transparent exopolymer particles and suspended particles on the survival of Salmonella enterica serovar Typhimurium in seawater 2015 Davidson MC, Berardi T, Aguilar B, Byrne BA, Shapiro K Effects of transparent exopolymer particles and suspended particles on the survival of Salmonella enterica serovar Typhimurium in seawater FEMS Microbiol Ecol,
  • 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,
  • 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,