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Adjunct Faculty – Extending SGAH Capacity and Collaborations

The Allen School’s ability to meet its mission of improving public health is strengthened by having distinguished researchers within our ranks as adjunct faculty. This is the first in an occasional series to showcase these individuals, most of whom hold primary appointments at other institutions, and highlight how our collaborative efforts strengthen both research and educational capabilities and are contributing to solutions to global health challenges. Allen School faculty with adjunct appointments at other institutions overseas will also be featured.


Dr. M. Kariuki Njenga serves as Virologist and Head of the Integrated Human-Animal Health (One Health) Program within the Global Disease Detection Program of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention-Kenya, based in Nairobi. Dr. Njenga earned his Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine and Master of Science degrees from the University of Nairobi and his PhD in Virology from Penn State University. He also completed postdoctoral training at the Mayo Clinic and Foundation in Rochester, MN. Dr. Njenga has been with CDC-Kenya since December 2004, advising the Field Epidemiology and Laboratory Training Program and working as the chief liaison for improving laboratory capacity at the National Public Health Laboratory Services, Kenya, before assuming his current position in 2010. He now focuses on enhancing collaboration between human and animal health in Kenya, enhancing capacity for disease surveillance and outbreak management at the Ministry of Livestock Development and conducting research at the human-animal interface. His recent accomplishments include establishing the Zoonosis Disease Unit (ZDU) in Kenya and working with the Kenyan government to complete a 5-year (2012-2017) strategic plan for implementation of One Health policies and practices. Dr. Njenga currently collaborates with Allen School researchers Drs. Thumbi Mwangi, Terry McElwain and Guy Palmer on population-based animal syndromic surveillance in Lwak region, western Kenya, funded by the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation and on improving control of zoonotic diseases in Kenya and east Africa.

Dr. Njenga has published extensively on avian pneumovirus, Rift Valley fever, and viral and bacterial causes of acute respiratory illness among other topics, with over 100 peer-reviewed publications in all.



Antimicrobial Resistance Field Studies

Two graduate students and a postdoctoral associate in the lab of Dr. Douglas Call spent the summer collecting data on antimicrobial resistance in bacteria isolated from environmental, food and livestock samples in Kenya and Tanzania.

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 Antimicrobial Sylvia Omoulo (left) and sampling team members Rosemary Warinda and James Ooko collecting soil samples in Lwak, Kenya.  

Research News

Grants Awarded:

Dr. William Sischo has been awarded a USDA-NIFA grant of $2,249,974 for his project “Integrating Biology, Psychology, and Ecology to Mitigate Antibiotic Resistance in Food Animal Production Systems.” Drs. Doug Call,  Margaret Davis and Dale Moore are Co-PIs on the project.

Dr. Margaret Davis is a co-investigator on a £788,661 grant award to the University of Glasgow, Dr. Ruth Zadocs, PI. The project, titled “Hazards Associated with Zoonotic enteric pathogens in Emerging Livestock meat pathways (HAZEL),” is being funded by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) of the UK.

Drs. Terry McElwain and Guy Palmer have been awarded a $225,000 subcontract to the Henry M. Jackson Foundation for a project titled “Support to Center for Disaster and Humanitarian Assistance Medicine (CDHAM) Cooperative Biological Engagement Program (CBEP).” The project will develop policy and options papers and reports regarding biosecurity, identifying gaps and providing recommendations in support of CDHAM / CBEP.

Congratulations to faculty, staff and students on recent publications:

Lankester F, Hampson K, Lembo T, Palmer G, Taylor L, Cleaveland, S. Implementing Pasteur’s vision for rabies elimination. Science. 345: 1562-1564, 2014. doi: 10.1126/science.1256396

Cleaveland, S, Lankester, F, Townsend, S, Lembo, T, Hampson, K. Rabies control and elimination: a test case for One Health. Veterinary Record. One Health Feature, 188-193, 2014. doi: 10.1136/vr.g4996

Hove P, Haldorson GJ, Magunda F, Bankhead T. Presence of Arp specifically contributes to joint tissue edema associated with early onset Lyme arthritis. Infection and Immunity. 82(1):43-51, 2014. PMCID: PMC3911854

Knodler LA, Crowley SM, Sham HP, Yang H, Wrande M, Ma C, Ernst RK, Steele-Mortimer O, Celli J, Vallance BA. Noncanonical inflammasome activation of caspase-4/caspase-11 mediates epithelial defenses against enteric bacterial pathogens. Cell Host & Microbe. 16(2):249-56, 2014. PMCID: PMC4157630

Wudiri G, Pritchard SM, Li H, Liu J, Aguilar HC, Gilk SD, Nicola AV. Molecular requirement for sterols in herpes simplex virus entry and infectivity. Journal of Virology. In press.

Bartley, K., Deane, D., Percival, A., Dry, I., Grant, D., Inglis, N., Mclean, K., Manson, E., Imrie, L., Haig, D., Lankester, F. and Russell, G. Identification of immuno-reactive capsid proteins of malignant catarrhal fever viruses. Journal of Veterinary Microbiology. 173 (1-2), 17-26, 2014.

Pratap N, Memon MA, Mahgoub O, Al-Shikaili Y, Al-Habsi RS, Hago BE. Breeding soundness examination, semen freezing and evaluation of frozen-thawed semen in native Omani bulls – Preliminary study. Clinical Theriogenology 6: 85-92, 2014.


Student and Fellow News

Mr. Eduardo Vallejo, a student of Dr. Guy Palmer, successfully defended his MS thesis in August. His project was entitled "Anaplasma marginale superinfection attributable to pathogen strains with distinct genomic backgrounds” and will be published in Infection and Immunity.


The Immunology and Infectious Disease Graduate Student Association (IIDGSA) held its annual Welcome BBQ on Sept 4th. Pictured are, from left, George Wudiri, IIDGSA President, Scott Boekenoogen (in green T-shirt), Darren Weed and Craigen Nes.


Ms. Jessica Klein, graduate student in the lab of Dr. Leigh Knodler, won the Editor’s Choice award in the recent American Society for Microbiology “In Your Eyes” art contest for young scientists. Her painting titled “Generating Neural and Global Circuitry.” was published in the Summer 2014 issue of the ASM's Culture magazine




Faculty and Staff News

Dr. Jennifer Zambriski was awarded the NSF Advance External Mentor grant to work with Dr. Wesley Van Voorhis at Medicines for Malaria Venture in Geneva, Switzerland. Dr. Van Voorhis is the Head of Allergy and Infectious Disease at UW School of Medicine and is currently on sabbatical at MMV, involved in drug development and human trials.

Dr. Thomas Marsh gave the Presidential Address at the Western Agricultural Economics Association meeting, Colorado Springs, June 23, 2014. His talk was titled "Measuring Burden of Disease: The Role of Food and Agriculture."

Dr. Marsh and School of Economic Sciences graduate student Miaoru Liu gave a selected poster presentation “Linking Livestock Health to Household Nutrition” at the 2014 Agricultural & Applied Economics Association’s Annual Meeting held July 27-29 in Minneapolis.

Dr. Marsh and School of Economic Sciences graduate student Umesh Bastola presented “Trade Impacts of Foot and Mouth Disease Information” as a selected poster at the 2014 Agricultural & Applied Economics Association’s Annual Meeting, Minneapolis.


Upcoming Events

October 5
Students in the new 1-credit Multidisciplinary Approaches to Global Health Challenges Course will present their responses to the course’s Case Challenge. Team presentations and an award reception will take place 2-5 pm Sunday afternoon, in Todd Hall 276. Please contact Dr. Gretchen Kaufman for more information.

November 1
Registration is now open to the Zoobiquity 2014 Conference, sponsored by the University of Washington, the Paul G. Allen School for Global Animal Health and College of Veterinary Medicine at WSU, the Woodland Park Zoo, and the Zoobiquity Research Initiative. The event will take place at the UW campus and the Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle. Please go to for more information.

March 26-28, 2015
Consortium of Universities for Global Health 6th Annual Global Health Conference: Mobilizing Research for Global Health. See 2015 Conference for more information. Abstract submission deadline is October 15.


Allen School in the News

WSU Today recently reported on Allen School efforts to eliminate the threat of rabies infection in Tanzania. On September 28, events took place around the world to mark World Rabies Day, spearheaded by the Global Alliance for Rabies Control. Also see the Perspectives article published by Drs. Felix Lankester, Guy Palmer and colleagues in the Sept. 26 issue of Science, listed above.

Rabies Team
Annual dog vaccination clinics in Tanzania have reduced the number of human rabies cases to zero. Left to right: Machunde Bigambo, assistant project manager; Guy Palmer, Allen School director; Imam Mzimbiri, project manager and veterinarian; Paulo Tembo, field assistant and mechanic; Felix Lankester, Allen School East Africa-based researcher.
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