Faculty/Staff Profile

Sharon G Berk


Department: Center for Management, Utilization, and Protection of Water Resources
Prescott Hall (PRSC) 435
PO Box: 5033
(931) 372-3451

More Information


  • 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
  • Ecology of foodborne pathogens

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Current or Recent Research Projects

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.

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.

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