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
  • Shoda LK, Kegerreis KA, Suarez CE, Mwangi W, Knowles DP, Brown WC (2001) Immunostimulatory CpG-modified plasmid DNA enhances IL-12, TNF-alpha, and NO production by bovine macrophages. J Leukoc Biol. 70(1), 103-12 PMID: 11435492
  • Bradway DS, Torioni de Echaide S, Knowles DP, Hennager SG, McElwain TF (2001) Sensitivity and specificity of the complement fixation test for detection of cattle persistently infected with Anaplasma marginale. J Vet Diagn Invest. 13(1), 79-81 PMID: 11243370
  • Akiba, M., DH Rice, MA Davis, T Masuda, T Sameshima, M Nakazawa, and DD Hancock (2000) A comparison of Escherichia coli O157 isolates from cattle in Japan and the USA by molecular biological methods Epidemiology Infect 125(1), 221-4 PMID: 11057981 PMCID: PMC2869591
  • Molloy JB, Bowles PM, Knowles DP, McElwain TF, Bock RE, Kingston TG, Blight GW, Dalgliesh RJ (1999) Comparison of a competitive inhibition ELISA and the card agglutination test for detection of antibodies to Anaplasma marginale and Anaplasma centrale in cattle. Aust Vet J. 77(4), 245-9 PMID: 10330556
  • Vidotto MC, Vidotto O, Andrade GM, Palmer G, McElwain T, Knowles DP (1998) Seroprevalence of Anaplasma marginale in cattle in Parana state, Brazil, by MSP-5 competitive ELISA. Ann N Y Acad Sci. 849, 424-6 PMID: 9668503
  • Herrero MV, Perez E, Goff WL, Torioni de Echaide S, Knowles DP, McElwain TF, Alvarez V, Alvarez A, Buening GM (1998) Prospective study for the detection of Anaplasma marginale Theiler, 1911 (Rickettsiales: Anaplasmataceae) in Costa Rica. Ann N Y Acad Sci. 849, 226-33 PMID: 9668469
  • Munodzana D, McElwain TF, Knowles DP, Palmer GH (1998) Conformational dependence of Anaplasma marginale major surface protein 5 surface-exposed B-cell epitopes. Infect Immun. 66(6), 2619-24 PMID: 9596725 PMCID: PMC108247
  • Torioni de Echaide S, Knowles DP, McGuire TC, Palmer GH, Suarez CE, McElwain TF (1998) Detection of cattle naturally infected with Anaplasma marginale in a region of endemicity by nested PCR and a competitive enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay using recombinant major surface protein 5. J Clin Microbiol. 36(3), 777-82 PMID: 9508311 PMCID: PMC104624
  • 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
  • Gireshaber, S., Grieshaber, N., Yang, H., Baxter, B., Hackstadt, T., and Omsland, A. (2018) The impact of active metabolism on Chlamydia trachomatis elementary body transcript profile and infectivity Journal of Bacteriology 200(14). pii: e00065-18. doi: 10.1128/JB.00065-18. PMID: 29735758 PMCID: PMC6018357
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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