The Cooper laboratory research focuses on utilizing different -omic tools, phenotype assays, and animal models to address the genomics, pathogenesis and epidemiology of various bacterial foodborne pathogens including Campylobacter jejuni, Salmonella, Listeria, and Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli. 

Cooper Laboratory Research Focus:

  • Comparative genomics, transcriptomics, and epigenetics of various pathogenic bacteria, particularly Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli (STEC), Campylobacter, and Salmonella

  • SNP analysis and developing other tools to improve source tracking of foodborne pathogens during outbreaks.

  • Studying the evolution of numerous bacterial foodborne pathogens in various agricultural environments.

  • Utilizing various -omics tools to identify host-specific genes, virulence genes, fitness genes and conserved genes.

  • Investigating the pathogenesis of Campylobacter and other foodborne pathogens.

  • Development and improvement of animal models for various bacteriological diseases, and innovation of effective vaccines against various bacteriological diseases.

  • Development of rapid and effective detection and surveillance techniques for foodborne pathogens.

  • Exploring the microbiomes and metagenomics of different agricultural environments, and the impact foodborne pathogens have on the communities.

  • Role antibiotic resistant bacteria in various environments have on human health.