Devendra Shah's research on food-borne and waterborne bacterial diseases and avian infectious diseases may transform the understanding of the activities of infectious organisms.
His primary research examines three areas:
- Molecular pathogenesis, or the mechanism by which disease originates at the molecular level.
- Control of infectious bacterial agents that significantly affect veterinary and public health.
- Host immune responses to infectious bacterial organisms.
Dr. Shah is particularly interested in the control of zoonotic bacterial agents those that can be transmitted from animals to humans such asSalmonella and Campylobacter. Using comparative genomic, transcriptomic, metabolomic and proteomic approaches, he directly compares pathogenic strains, or those that cause disease, to non-pathogenic strains to characterize the differences between organisms. Dr. Shah's long-term goal is to identify diagnostic markers and potential therapeutic options, such as improved vaccines or strategies for controlling infectious agents.
Dr. Shah is an associate professor in the Department of Veterinary Microbiology and Pathology and in the Paul G. Allen School for Global Animal Health.