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Shuping Zhang
Professor, Veterinary Pathobiology
Director, Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory (VMDL)
Clinical Microbiologist, VMDL

  • BVM, Veterinary Medicine and Surgery, Shanxi Agricultural University, Taigu, China     
  • MS. Veterinary Anatomy and Histology, Northwestern Agricultural University, Yanglin, China  
  • PhD, Microbiology, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS
  • Postdoc, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX         
  • Diplomate, American College Of Veterinary Microbiologists (Bacteriology/Mycology)

Building Address: D105 VMDL
Phone Number: (573) 882-6811
Email: zhangshup@missouri.edu 
VMDL Website: http://vmdl.missouri.edu/

Veterinary Diagnostics: I am a board certified veterinary microbiologist with diverse experience in the pathogenesis, diagnosis, and treatment of infectious diseases of domestic and wild animals. Currently, I serve as the Director of Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory (VMDL) at the University of Missouri. The VMDL is an all species, full service veterinary medical diagnostic laboratory accredited by the American Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians (AAVLD). The VMDL is a member of the National Animal Health Laboratory Network (NALHN) and a Tier I member of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Veterinary Laboratory Investigation and Response Network (Vet-LRN). The VMDL offers unique opportunities for students, residents, or trainees to gain hands-on experience in the following areas: anatomical pathology, clinical pathology, clinical microbiology, clinical serology, clinical virology, histology and immunohistochemistry, molecular diagnostics, and toxicology. 

Research Emphasis: Antimicrobial Resistance, Bacterial Pathogenesis, Emerging & Zoonotic Diseases, Molecular Diagnostics

Non-typhoidal salmonellosis is the second most common cause of food-borne illness associated with bacteria, viruses, and parasites in the US. Each year more than 1.4 million cases with approximately 600 deaths are reported.  Salmonella enterica serovar Enteritidis (SE) and Typhimurium are major etiologic agents of non-typhoid salmonellosis in the United States. SE persistently and silently colonizes the intestinal and reproductive tract of laying hens, resulting in contaminated poultry products. The consumption of contaminated food and water has been identified as a significant risk factor for human salmonellosis.

The research in my laboratory is focused on the pathogenesis and diagnosis of Salmonella infection in different host species. Currently, there are four lines of research in my laboratory, including 1) characterizing SE virulence genes that contribute to persistent colonization, 2) characterizing  host antimicrobial peptides, 3) surveillance of bacterial antimicrobial resistance, 4) developing PCR-based assays and Micro-electromechanical systems (MEMS)-based biosensing technology for rapid detection of bacterial pathogens in clinical and food samples.

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