Karen Shapiro

Associate Professor

Pathology, Microbiology & Immunology

5303 VM3A, Davis, CA 95616

California Veterinary Medical Association, Boarded
2011, MPVM, University of California, Davis, California
2009, PhD, University of California, Davis, California
2002, DVM, University of California, Davis, California
1997, BS, University of California, Davis, California
Active Research Grants
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)
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
Principal Investigator, Interaction between microplastics and pathogen pollutants in marine ecosystems: Implications for seafood safety , (Principal Investigator), Ocean Protection Council - California Sea grant
Co-Principal Investigator, Finding needles in the haystack: Development and application of next generation sequencing for detection of protozoan pathogens in shellfish , J McClure (Principal Investigator), Canada Excellence in Research Chair Award
Honors and Awards
2005-2009 Graduate Group of Comparative Pathology Student Block Fund Scholarship
2006-2009 School of Veterinary Medicine Graduate Student Support Scholarship
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
2008-2009 Floyd and Mary Schwall Dissertation Year Fellowship in Medical Research in Comparative Pathology
2010 Oceans and Human Health Postdoctoral Fellowship
Most Recent Five Book Chapters
2018 Miller M, Shapiro K, Raverty S : Protozoan parasites of marine mammals, Gulland F, (ed), Handbook of marine mammal medicine, . .
2017 Bahia-Oliviera L, Gomez-Marin J, Shapiro K : Toxoplasma gondii, Rose JB, Jimenez-Cisneros B, (ed), The Global Water Pathogen Project, . .
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 diseasesWaterborne infectious diseasesFood safetyWildlife population healthHuman public healthEpidemiology
Specialty Focus
Waterborne zoonoses