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Karen Shapiro- BS, DVM, MPVM, PhD

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, 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

Most Recent 10 Publications

  • Karen Shapiro: Comparison of freeze-thaw cycles for nucleic acid extraction and molecular detection of Cryptosporidium parvum and Toxoplasma gondii oocysts in environmental matrices 2019 Manore AJW, Harper SL, Aguilar B, Weese JS, Shapiro K Comparison of freeze-thaw cycles for nucleic acid extraction and molecular detection of Cryptosporidium parvum and Toxoplasma gondii oocysts in environmental matrices J Microbiol Methods,
  • Karen Shapiro: Structure, composition, and roles of the Toxoplasma gondii oocyst and sporocyst walls 2019 Freppel W, Ferguson JP , Shapiro K, Dubey J P, Puech P H, Dumètre A Structure, composition, and roles of the Toxoplasma gondii oocyst and sporocyst walls The Cell Surface,
  • Karen Shapiro: First report of Toxoplasma gondii sporulated oocysts and Giardia duodenalis in commercial green-lipped mussels (Perna canaliculus) in New Zealand 2018 Coupe A, Howe L, Burrows E, Sine A, Pita A, Velathanthiri N, Vallée E, Hayman D, Shapiro K, Roe WD First report of Toxoplasma gondii sporulated oocysts and Giardia duodenalis in commercial green-lipped mussels (Perna canaliculus) in New Zealand Parasitol Res,
  • Karen Shapiro: Fecal indicator bacteria and zoonotic pathogens in marine snow and California mussels (Mytilus californianus) 2018 Shapiro K, Silver M, Byrne B, Barardi T, Aguilar B, Melli A, Smith WA Fecal indicator bacteria and zoonotic pathogens in marine snow and California mussels (Mytilus californianus) Marine Pollution Bulletin,
  • Karen Shapiro: Effects of salinity and transparent exopolymer particles on formation of aquatic aggregates and their association with norovirus 2018 Hanley K, Wuertz S, Schriewer A, Passow U, Smith W, Shapiro K Effects of salinity and transparent exopolymer particles on formation of aquatic aggregates and their association with norovirus Sci Total Environ,
  • 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,

Most Recent 5 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. .