University of Georgia
Professor Jonathan Frye, Professor of Bacterial Epidemiology at the University of Georgia, .His research strives to understand antibiotic resistance, pathogenicity, and evolution in foodborne Salmonella. Over the past 15 years we’ve isolated ~60,000 Salmonella from U.S. food-animals, farms, processing plants, and retail meats and determined their serotypes, genotypes, and antimicrobial resistances. To investigate the genetics causing the spread of resistance, we used our custom microarrays to identify the antimicrobial resistance genes and mobile genetic elements responsible for their transmission in Salmonella. Results from these studies led us to sequence the whole genomes of ~300 isolates representative of the diversity of serotypes, antimicrobial resistances, and animal sources in our collection. Ongoing analysis of the data will determine the evolution of pathogenicity and antimicrobial resistance in Salmonella associated with food-animals and their retail products and help us develop strategies to improve food safety and protect human health.Past institution is East Carolina University, ECU; University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill, UNC; University of Georgia, Athens, UGA; sidney kimmel cancer center (SKCC) Microbiology .Email id is Jonathan.Frye@ARS.USDA.GOV .
Research interest in Bacterial Epidemiology & Antimicrobial Resistance Research microbiology