Antimicrobial Resistance Research

Welcome: Dr. K.C. Jeong, Project Director

Welcome to the Antimicrobial Resistance Project Website!

Antimicrobial resistance plays a vital role in the evolution and spread disease causing microorganisms. Previous reports have suggested that the occurrence of antimicrobial resistance is a direct result of antibiotic misuse in human and veterinary medicine, although this remains controversial. Our research suggests that the occurrence of antibiotic resistance in food animals is not only a result of antibiotic use on farms. In fact, antibiotic resistant microorganisms are shed in high numbers from animals not previously exposed to antibiotics. The goal of this project is to dissect the mechanisms through which food producing animals become colonized by antimicrobial resistant microorganisms in the environment. We hope that, through this research, we can develop on-farm prevention strategies our cattlemen and producers can use to reduce the prevalence of antimicrobial resistance in their herds that will allow them to provide healthier animals that will be safe for consumption. This research is funded by the United States Department of Agriculture National Institute of Food and Agriculture (USDA-NIFA) Coordinated Agricultural Project (CAP) grant for a total of $2.2 million over 3 years for mitigation of antimicrobial resistance. This site will serve as a source of information for producers, cattlemen and stakeholders who will benefit from this project. Check back often for updates!


AMR Project News:

March 29, 2016

Call for undergraduate student training program in antimicrobial resistance in beef cattle production systems

February 8, 2016

On February 5th, 2016, AMR Project research was published online (ahead of print) in the PLOS One Journal. The results of this study, carried out by Ph.D. Candidate Raies Mir from the Jeong Lab Group at the University of Florida, showed that beef calves were more likely to shed shiga toxin-producingEscherichia coli (STEC) during the first 6 months of life and that shedding of STEC decreased as the animal matured. For more information, the full article can be found online: Click here to read or download the full article. 


February 8, 2016

The Jeong Lab hosted a Metagenomics and Whole Genome Sequencing Workshop at the Emerging Pathogens Institute January 19-22nd. The workshop provided special training for students and scientists involved in the AMR project. Guest speakers from the University of Florida and the University of Arkansas were invited to give special lectures regarding preparation of environmental samples for WGS and metagenomics analysis using the Illumina MiSeq

January 27, 2016

The Jeong Lab will host the annual meeting for the AMR project on Thursday, February 11th, 2016. Overall progress of the project will be evaluated and plans for the next year will be discussed. All co-PIs, collaborators and advisory committee members are invited. A tentative schedule is below: