Sophia Kathariou

KATHARIOU Sophia 250

Sophie Kathariou's lab primarily works with bacterial foodborne pathogens. Focus is on unique adaptations that significantly inform pathogen evolution, ecology and virulence. Examples include Listeria's persistence in natural and anthropogenic niches, tolerance to cold, disinfectants and heavy metals; emergence, dissemination and fitness impacts of antimicrobial resistance in Campylobacter. In addition to foods and food production, research includes relatively understudied systems including wildlife, urban aquatic environments and impacts of environmental stressors, e.g. those associated with indicators of environmental pollution and climate change, on colonization of living plants with pathogens. Research and educational efforts include outreach and nurturing the capacity of the new generation of food safety professionals to effectively communicate research findings and complex, potentially controversial subjects to the larger community.