DVM, MPVM, PhD, Dipl. ACVPM
Research Microbiologist & Manager, Liaison to WIFSS
Dr. Jay-Russell’s research program explores the interface between production agriculture, wildlife, livestock and the environment. She combines epidemiological and field experiments with molecular techniques to test hypotheses related to the prevalence, survival and growth of foodborne pathogens in the agricultural landscape. Data from her collaborative research program is being used to inform industry guidance documents and training materials, especially related to the FDA’s Food Safety Modernization Act, Produce Safety Rule in the areas of domesticated animals and wildlife, biological soil amendments/raw manure, small and medium scale farms, and emerging industries such as aquaponics. Prior to joining the university, she worked as an epidemiologist for over 15 years in state and local public health including in the role of California State Public Health Veterinarian, and member of the California Food Emergency Response Team (CalFERT). She received her D.V.M. and M.PV.M degrees in 1992, and her Ph.D. (Microbiology) in 2011, from the University of California-Davis. She is specialty board certified by the American College of Veterinary Preventive Medicine.