Melha Mellata, left, worked with postdoctoral researchers Zach Stromberg and Angelica Van Goor to study how extraintestinal pathogenic E. coli (ExPEC) is transferred from seemingly healthy chickens to humans. Photo by Christopher Gannon/Iowa State University.

Researchers study link between foodborne E. coli and UTI, sepsis, meningitis illnesses

Melha Mellata, assistant professor at Iowa State, began looking into how E. coli from chicken eggs and meat cause disease in humans and poultry while she was working at Arizona State University in 2011. Her research, funded by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), was a collaboration with Roy Curtiss III of Arizona State University (now at University of Florida), James R. Johnson of University of Minnesota and John M. Fairbrother of University of Montreal.

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