Stephanie Seveau, Ph.D.
College of Medicine
Primary Food Innovation Center Area: Food Safety
Areas of Expertise: Listeria monocytogenes, listeriosis, listeria growth regulation, antimicrobial activity of cationic peptides, molecular mechanisms involved in host cell invasion by listeria monocytogenes
Research in my laboratory focuses on the virulence mechanisms used by the foodborne bacterial pathogen Listeria monocytogenes to interact with and invade host mammalian cells. This research is expected to lead to the identification of key virulence factors expressed by Listeria and will provide markers for distinguishing the most virulent Listeria strains among food products. My laboratory also investigates the mechanisms of action of natural antimicrobial molecules against Listeria species with the long-term goal to develop novel antimicrobial agents that can be used to increase food safety and/or to treat infected patients.