Kristie MitchellPostdoctoral Research Fellow
Kristie Mitchell, PhD, is a microbial ecologist interested in zooplankton predator-prey dynamics. She is working with S. Rao Chaganti, PhD, to evaluate the gut contents of zooplankton in the Great Lakes using a metagenomics approach. The goal of this project is to identify who is eating whom in the lower food web and which variables may be changing those relationships. Kristie is also interested in scientific communication and improving public scientific literacy. Kristie graduated from the Wayne State University School of Medicine with a doctorate in Immunology and Microbiology from Jeff Withey’s lab. Her research at Wayne State helped to develop zebrafish as a natural host model for Vibrio cholerae infection, pathogenesis, and transmission. Aside from science, Kristie is an avid knitter. In the fall, you can find some of her items at the Sunday Artisan Market at Kerrytown in Ann Arbor.
- Ph.D., Immunology & Microbiology, Wayne State University School of Medicine (2022)
- M.S., General Biology, Eastern Michigan University (2011)
- B.S., Biology, Eastern Michigan University (2008)
Research Interest/Area of Expertise:
- Molecular techniques, immunology and microbiology
- Scientific communication and literacy
- Great Lakes zooplankton
- Food web and predator-prey dynamics
Mitchell K.C. and Withey J.H. 2018. Danio rerio as a native host model for understanding pathophysiology of Vibrio cholerae. Methods in Molecular Biology. 1839:97-102. (DOI:10.1007/978-1-4939-8685-9_9).
Nag D., Mitchell K., Breen P., and Withey J.H. 2018. Quantifying Vibrio cholerae colonization and diarrhea in the adult zebrafish model. Journal of Visualized Experiments. 137:e57767. (DOI:10.3791/57767).
Mitchell K.C., Breen P., Britton S., Neely M.N., and Withey J.H. 2017. Quantifying Vibrio cholerae enterotoxicity in a zebrafish infection model. Applied and Environmental Microbiology. 83:e00783-17. (DOI:10.1128/AEM.00783-17). [Altmetric Score]. Selected by the editors as an Article of Significant Interest.
2019. K. Mitchell. Invited Special Guest Speaker: Gave introductory remarks to current students and faculty at the annual Eastern Michigan University Department of Biology Awards Ceremony, April 16, 2019.