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Charles Czuprynski

Picture of Charles CzuprynskiDirector, Food Research Institute
Professor and Chair, Pathobiological Sciences,
School of Veterinary Medicine

1550 Linden Drive
(608) 263-6826
1311 Microbial Sciences Building

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  • BA 1976, Knox College; Biology
  • PhD 1980, University of Wisconsin–Madison; Medical Microbiology 
  • Postdoc 1983, National Jewish Hospital; Immunology

Research Interests

Pathogenesis of listeriosis and salmonellosis; Survival of pathogens in various food products; Biofilm formation; Bovine respiratory disease; Use of nanotechnology in wound healing; Immunotoxicology

Research Focus

The focus of our laboratory is on the pathogenesis and host response to foodborne bacterial pathogens. We have a particular interest in how growth conditions affect the virulence of Listeria monocytogenes and Salmonella enterica, and how dietary and environmental constituents alter the immune response to these bacterial pathogens. Our lab's interests include both pre-harvest and post-harvest food safety issues. Examples of the former include our research on bovine respiratory disease, a major economic problem for beef and dairy cattle, and a reason for much of the antibiotic use in cattle. We also place an emphasis on providing veterinarians, and veterinary medical students, with research training related to food safety.

Recent Publications

ARYZTACampbell Soup CompanyCoca-ColaFonterraGeneral MillsGreat Lakes CheeseHormel Foods (Jennie-O Turkey Store)Kerry Ingredients and FlavoursKraft Foods (Oscar Mayer Foods)Leprino FoodsOSIPepsiCoPlumrose USASchreiber FoodsSugar CreekWayne Farms