Tom Besser's research focuses on agents that cause human food-borne diseases.
Dr. Besser’s primary research is in:
- Reducing human disease risks by developing practical measures to reduce the prevalence of human food-borne and zoonotic disease agents in animals.
- Improving the understanding of the ecology and epidemiology of zoonotic agents in animal reservoir populations and the environment.
- Use of antimicrobial drugs in animal husbandry while studying enterohemorrhagic E. coli, non-typhoid Salmonella,thermophilic Campylobacter species, and antimicrobial resistance.
In 2001, Dr. Besser was a U.S.-U.K. Fulbright Fellow in Food Safety Research.
He is a professor in the Department of Veterinary Microbiology and Pathology and an adjunct professor in the Paul G. Allen School for Global Animal Health.