Combined DVM/PhD Degree Program

Cows in Pasture

 


Rebecca Mitchell, Graduate

Rebecca MitchellRebecca Mitchell
Field of Comparative Biomedical Sciences
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Ynte Schukken

Current Position: ASM Post-Doctoral Fellow at Center for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention in Atlanta, GA

Brief Biography

Rebecca is an Upstate New York native from Skaneateles. She was introduced to veterinary medicine working with sheep and dairy cattle while growing up. She studied biomechanics of growing animals for her undergraduate thesis research.

Prior to her position at the CDC, Rebecca was a post-doctoral researcher at the Department of Population Medicine and Diagnostic Sciences, Cornell University.

Education

DVM, Cornell University, 2010
PhD, Comparative Biomedical Sciences, 2011
AB, Honors Biology, Harvard University 2003

Research Interests

Rebecca is interested in understanding pathogen transmission dynamics. She is studying Mycobacterium avium subspecies paratuberculosis (MAP) transmission on commercial US dairy farms. Her projects involve in vitro assessment of host and pathogen heterogeneity, fieldwork and mathematical model development.

Publications and Presentations

Lu Z, Schukken YH, Smith RL, Mitchell RM, Gröhn YT. Impact of imperfect Mycobacterium avium subsp. paratuberculosis vaccines in dairy herds: a mathematical modeling approach. Prev Vet Med. 2013 Feb 1; 108(2-3): 148-58.

Heuer C, Mitchell RM, Schukken YH, Lu Z, Verdugo C, Wilson PR. Modelling transmission dynamics of paratuberculosis of red deer under pastoral farming conditions. Prev Vet Med. 2012 Sep 1l 106(1): 63-74.

Mitchell RM, Medley GF, Collins MT, Schukken YH. A meta-analysis of the effect of dose and age at exposure on shedding of Mycobacterium avium subspecies paratuberculosis (MAP) in experimentally infected calves and cows. Epidemiol Infect. 2012 Feb; 140(2):231-46.

Pradhan AK, Mitchell RM, Kramer AJ, Zurakowski MJ, Fyock TL, Whitlock RH, Smith JM, Hovingh E, Van Kessel JA, Karns JS, Schukken YH. Molecular epidemiology of Mycobacterium avium subsp. paratuberculosis in a longitudinal study of three dairy herds. J Clin Microbiol. 2011 Mar; 49(3):893-901.

Nightingale, C, K Dhuyvetter, R Mitchell, Y Schukken. (2008). Influence of variable milk quality premiums on observed milk quality. J Dairy Sci. Mar; 91(3):1236-44

Benedictus, A, RM Mitchell, M Linde-Widmann, R Sweeney, T Fyock, YH Schukken, RH Whitlock. (2008). Calculation of transmission parameters of Mycobacterium avium subsp. paratuberculosis infections in a dairy herd going through a control program. Prev Vet Med. Mar 17; 83(3-4):215-27..

Mitchell, RM, RH Whitlock, SM Stehman, A Benedictus, P Chapagain, YT Grohn, YH Schukken. (2008). Mathematical modeling of Mycobacterium avium subsp. paratuberculosis on commercial US dairy farms. Prev Vet Med. Mar 17; 83(3-4):360-80.

NS Gollnick, RM Mitchell, HK Janagama, S Sreevatsan, YH Schukken. (2007) Survival of different Mycobacterium avium subsp. paratuberculosis strains in bovine monocyte-derived macrophages from Johne's disease positive and non-infected control cows. Vet Immuno Immunopath. Dec 15; 120(3-4):93-105.

Ray, KA, LD Warnick, RM Mitchell, JB Kaneene, PL Ruegg, SJ Wells, CP Fossler, LW Halbert, K May. (2007) Prevalence of antimicrobial resistance among Salmonella on midwest and northeast USA dairy farms. Prev Vet Med. May 16; 79(2-4): 204-23.

Ray, KA, LD Warnick, RM Mitchell, JB Kaneene, PL Ruegg, SJ Wells, CP Fossler, LW Halbert, K May. (2006) Antimicrobial susceptibility of Salmonella from organic and conventional dairy farms. Journal of Dairy Science. 89(6) 2038-2050.