Sharon G Berk
- Ph.D., Microbiology, University of Maryland (1978)
- M.S., Zoology, University of Maryland (1974)
- B.S., Biology, University of Illinois (1972)
Dr. Berk's Research Specialty Areas
- Legionella-protozoa interactions
- Development of new microbial aquatic toxicity assays
- Protozoan-bacterial trophic interactions
- Detection of novel human pathogens associated with amoebae
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Current or Recent Research Projects
Animal Model Testing for Novel Pathogens Infecting Amoebae from Cooling Tower Water (with J.H. Gunderson). Funded by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
Characterization of a Naturally Occurring Amoeba-Resistant Bacteria from Water Samples (with J.H. Gunderson). Funded by Middle Tennessee State University via the United States Environmental Protection Agency.
Environmental Distribution and Disease Potential of New Legionella-like Bacteria as a Function of Environmental Variables (with J.H. Gunderson and N. Uddin). Funded by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
Interactions of Salmonella enterica and E. coli 0157:H7 with Protozoa from Fresh Produce. Funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Microbial Ecology of Food-borne Pathogens—Role of Protozoa in Pathogen Survival and Maintenance in the Environment. Funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Strengthening Agricultural and Environmental Education at Tennessee State University: Student Experiential Training (with G.K. Stearman). Funded by Tennessee State University via the U.S. Department of Agriculture.