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Karen Liljebjelke


Assistant Professor (Bacteriology)
Ecosystem and Public Health (EPH)

Contact Information: 

+1 (403) 210-6149 
TRW 2D19


Dr. Liljebjelke received a bachelor of science in Plant Biology from Cornell University in 1985, and a Master of Science in Plant Biology at Washington State University in 1987.  She completed a DVM at the University of Georgia, College of Veterinary Medicine in 2000.  She earned a Ph.D. in 2004 from the Department of Infectious Disease at the University of Georgia, with a concentration in bacteriology.  Her doctoral research examined the genetic mechanisms of dissemination of antimicrobial resistance in Salmonella in commercial poultry production.  She was a post doctoral research associate at the United States Department of Agriculture from 2005 to 2010, where she studied Newcastle disease virus and avian Influenza virus in various poultry species, and conducted food safety research in poultry processing.  She joined the faculty in February 2010 as assistant professor in Production Animal Health, with a focus on bacteriology and food safety.

Research / Scholarly Activities: 


Dr. Liljebjelke's current research interests employ molecular epidemiological methods such as REP-PCR and PFGE to track Salmonella and E. coli through intensive animal production systems, and the genetic characterization of bacterial food borne pathogens and antimicrobial resistance genes.

Research personnel and trainees : 

The Dr. is currently recruiting graduate students.