Toni L. Poole

United States Dept. of Agriculture, USA

Toni L. Poole received his Ph.D. degree in molecular virology and microbiology from the College of Veterinary Medicine, The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Tenn, USA, Program: Comparative and Experimental Medicine, in 1992. From 1992 to 1999, Poole served as a Molecular Biologist at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, Tenn, USA. Since 1999, Poole has been serving as a Research Microbiologist at Food and Feed Safety Research Unit, United States Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service, Southern Plains Area Research Center. Poole's research interests include problems related to antimicrobial resistance and preharvest food safety. Studies in the unit involve the reduction of pathogen load in the gastrointestinal tracts of cattle, swine, and poultry. Antimicrobial resistance studies encompass the mechanism of dissemination by multidrug resistant Salmonella, E. coli, and Enterococci. This research also involves the study of mobile genetic elements such as plasmids, transposons, and integrons that allow the rapid dissemination of antimicrobial resistance between bacteria.

Biography Updated on 24 October 2012

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