Recent Publications

Allen School Recent Publications

List of Recent Publications

Since the main focus of the Allen School is innovative research, there are a variety of journal articles produced every year. The work covers all of the Allen School research efforts from zoonotic disease, antimicrobial resistance, and epidemiological and socio-economic studies. Due to the global nature of the work, many of the papers are collaborations with institutions across the world including projects in Central America, Africa, and Asia.


  • Munyua PM, Murithi RM, Ithondeka P, Hightower A, Thumbi SM, Anyangu SA, Kiplimo J, Bett B, Vrieling A, Breiman RF, Njenga MK. (2016) Predictive Factors and Risk Mapping for Rift Valley Fever Epidemics in Kenya. PLoS One. 11(1):e0144570. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0144570. PMID: 26808021 PMCID: PMC4726791
  • Munyua P, Bitek A, Osoro E, Pieracci EG, Muema J, Mwatondo A, Kungu M, Nanyingi M, Gharpure R, Njenga K, Thumbi SM. (2016) Prioritization of Zoonotic Diseases in Kenya, 2015. PLoS One. 11(8):e0161576. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0161576. PMID: 27557120 PMCID: PMC4996421
  • Oyas H, Holmstrom L, Kemunto NP, Muturi M, Mwatondo A, Osoro E, Bitek A, Bett B, Githinji JW, Thumbi SM, Widdowson MA, Munyua PM, Njenga MK. (2018) Enhanced surveillance for Rift Valley Fever in livestock during El Niño rains and threat of RVF outbreak, Kenya, 2015-2016. PLoS Negl Trop Dis. 12(4):e0006353. PMID: 29698487
  • Roulette CJ, Njau EA, Quinlan MB, Quinlan RJ, Call DR. (2018) Medicinal foods and beverages among Maasai agro-pastoralists in northern Tanzania. J Ethnopharmacol. 216:191-202. doi: 10.1016/j.jep.2018.01.022. PMID: 29409795
  • Shah DH, Jones LP, Paul N, Davis MA. (2018) Draft Genome Sequences of 12 Clinical and Environmental Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus pseudintermedius Strains Isolated from a Veterinary Teaching Hospital in Washington State. Genome Announc. 6(15). pii: e00290-18. doi: 10.1128/genomeA.00290-18. PMID: 29650582 PMCID: PMC5897803
  • Grosser MR, Paluscio E, Thurlow LR, Dillon MM, Cooper VS, Kawula TH, Richardson AR. (2018) Genetic requirements for Staphylococcus aureus nitric oxide resistance and virulence. PLoS Pathog. 14(3):e1006907 PMID: 29554137 PMCID: PMC5884563
  • Afema JA, Ahmed S, Besser TE, Jones LP, Sischo WM, Davis MA. (2018) Molecular Epidemiology of Dairy Cattle-Associated Escherichia coli Carrying blaCTX-M Genes in Washington State. Appl Environ Microbiol. 84(6). pii: e02430-17. doi: 10.1128/AEM.02430-17. PMID: 29305512 PMCID: PMC5835732
  • Allaire JM, Morampudi V, Crowley SM, Stahl M, Yu H, Bhullar K, Knodler LA, Bressler B, Jacobson K, Vallance BA. (2018) Frontline defenders: Goblet cell mediators dictate host-microbe interactions in the intestinal tract during health and disease. Am J Physiol Gastrointest Liver Physiol. 314(3):G360-G377 PMID: 29122749 PMCID: PMC5899238
  • Haseeb Ahmed, Douglas R. Call, Robert J. Quinlan and Jonathan K. Yoder (2018) Relationships between livestock grazing practices, disease risk, and antimicrobial use among East African Agropastoralists Environment and Development Economics Volume 23, Issue 1, pp80-97, doi10.1017/S1355770X17000341.
  • Lu SY, Zhao Z, Avillan JJ, Liu J1, Call DR (2017) Autoinducer-2 Quorum Sensing Contributes to Regulation of Microcin PDI in Escherichia coli. Frontiers in Microbiology 8:2570. doi: 10.3389/fmicb.2017.02570. eCollection 2017 PMID: 29312248 PMCID: PMC5743794
  • James AE, Rogovskyy AS, Crowley MA, Bankhead T (2017) Cis-acting DNA elements flanking the variable major protein expression site of Borrelia hermsii are required for murine persistence. MicrobiologyOpen doi: 10.1002/mbo3.569. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 29250931
  • Roulette CJ, Caudell MA, Roulette JW, Quinlan RJ, Quinlan MB, Subbiah M, Call DR. (2017) A two-month follow-up evaluation testing interventions to limit the emergence and spread of antimicrobial resistant bacteria among Maasai of northern Tanzania. BMC Infect Dis. 17(1):770. doi: 10.1186/s12879-017-2857-z. PMID: 29246196
  • Jessica A. Klein, Jesse R. Grenz, James M. Slauch, Leigh A. Knodler (2017) Controlled Activity of the Salmonella Invasion-Associated Injectisome Reveals Its Intracellular Role in the Cytosolic Population mBio vol. 8 no. 6 e01931-17 PMID: 29208746 PMCID: PMC5717391
  • Undurraga EA, Blanton JD, Thumbi SM, Mwatondo A, Muturi M, Wallace RM. (2017) Tool for Eliminating Dog-Mediated Human Rabies through Mass Dog Vaccination Campaigns. Emerg Infect Dis. 23(12):2114-2116. PMID: 29148385 PMCID: PMC5708230
  • Apat D, Gachohi J, Karama M, Kiplimo J, Sachs S. (2017) Temporal variation in confirmed diagnosis of fever-related malarial cases among children under-5 years by community health workers and in health facilities between years 2013 and 2015 in Siaya County, Kenya. Journal of Malaria 16(1):454. doi: 10.1186/s12936-017-2100-9. PMID: 29121954 PMCID: PMC5679183
  • Omulo S, Thumbi SM, Lockwood S, Verani JR, Bigogo G, Masyongo G, Call DR. (2017) Evidence of superficial knowledge regarding antibiotics and their use: Results of two cross-sectional surveys in an urban informal settlement in Kenya. PLoS One. 12(10):e0185827. PMID: 28968447 PMCID: PMC5624622
  • Falghoush A, Beyenal H, Besser TE, Omsland A, Call DR. (2017) Osmotic Compounds Enhance Antibiotic Efficacy against Acinetobacter baumannii Biofilm Communities. Appl Environ Microbiol. 83(19). pii: e01297-17. doi: 10.1128/AEM.01297-17. PMID: 28733283 PMCID: PMC5601334
  • Miller CN, Smith EP, Cundiff JA, Knodler LA, Bailey Blackburn J, Lupashin V, Celli J. (2017) A Brucella Type IV Effector Targets the COG Tethering Complex to Remodel Host Secretory Traffic and Promote Intracellular Replication. Cell Host Microbe 22(3):317-329.e7. doi: 10.1016/j.chom.2017.07.017. Epub 2017 Aug 24. PMID: 28844886 PMCID: PMC5599354
  • Goldenberg SM, Deering K, Amram O, Guillemi S, Nguyen P, Montaner J, Shannon K. (2017) Community mapping of sex work criminalization and violence: impacts on HIV treatment interruptions among marginalized women living with HIV in Vancouver, Canada. Int J STD AIDS. 28(10):1001-1009. doi: 10.1177/0956462416685683. PMID: 28056726 PMCID: PMC5494020
  • Muli J, Gachohi J, Kagai J. (2017) Soil iron and aluminium concentrations and feet hygiene as possible predictors of Podoconiosis occurrence in Kenya. PLoS Negl Trop Dis. 11(8):e0005864. doi: 10.1371/journal.pntd.0005864 PMID: 28832604 PMCID: PMC5584976
  • Benavides-Montaño JA, Vadyvaloo V. (2017) Yersinia pestis resists predation by Acanthamoeba castellanii and exhibits prolonged intracellular survival.  Applied Environmental Microbiology 83(13). pii: e00593-17. doi: 10.1128/AEM.00593-17. Print 2017 Jul 1. PMID: 28455335 PMCID: MC5478993
  • Manjunatha UH, Vinayak S, Zambriski JA, Chao AT, Sy T, Noble CG, Bonamy GMC, Kondreddi RR, Zou B, Gedeck P, Brooks CF, Herbert GT, Sateriale A, Tandel J, Noh S, Lakshminarayana SB, Lim SH, Goodman LB, Bodenreider C, Feng G, Zhang L, Blasco F, Wagner J, Leong FJ, Striepen B, Diagana TT. (2017) A Cryptosporidium PI(4)K inhibitor is a drug candidate for cryptosporidiosis. Nature 546(7658):376-380. doi: 10.1038/nature22337. Epub 2017 May 31. PMID: 28562588 PMCID: PMC5473467
  • Chiara Trevisan, Chiara Trevisan, Chiara Trevisan, Eric M. Fèvre, Maurice Owiny, Isaac Ngere, Maria Vang Johansen (2017) Minyoo Matata – The Vicious Worm – A Taenia solium Computer-Based Health-Education Tool – in Swahili Trends in Parasitology Volume 33, Issue 10, p746–748, October 2017
  • Munyua P, Corman VM, Bitek A, Osoro E, Meyer B, Müller MA, Lattwein E, Thumbi SM, Murithi R, Widdowson MA, Drosten C, Njenga MK. (2017) No Serologic Evidence of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus Infection Among Camel Farmers Exposed to Highly Seropositive Camel Herds: A Household Linked Study, Kenya, 2013. American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene 96(6):1318-1324. doi: 10.4269/ajtmh.16-0880. PMID: 28719257 PMCID: PMC5462565
  • Vallejo Esquerra, E., Yang, H., Sanchez, S. E., and Omsland, A. (2017) Physicochemical and Nutritional Requirements for Axenic Replication Suggest Physiological Basis for Coxiella burnetii Niche Restriction. Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology 7:190. PMID: 28620582 PMCID: PMC5449765