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Daleniece Jones, MPH, PhD

Assistant Professor


Daleniece Higgins Jones, MPH, PhD is a molecular epidemiologist whose research focus is on molecular microbial food safety epidemiology. Dr. Jones has several years of research experience in bacterial genomics and molecular diagnostics of pathogens. She has expert experience in sampling and laboratory analysis of a variety of environmental and clinical samples. Her laboratory is equipped with instruments capable of analysis from culturing methodology to molecular analysis such as QPCR. She has substantial interests in environmental epidemiology and disparity issues. She has completed various research projects that characterize the socioeconomic disparities in environmental samples.

curriculum vita


Higgins D, Mukerjee N, Jiang Y, Karmaus W, Sulaiman IM, Pal C, Banerjee P. Association of Virulence and Antibiotic Resistance in Salmonella—Statistical and Computational Insights into a Selected Set of Clinical Isolates. Microorganisms. 2020. DOI:10.3390 /microorganisms8101465

Higgins D, Pal C, Sulaiman IM, Jia C, Zerwekh T, Dowd SE, et al. Application of high-throughput pyrosequencing in the analysis of microbiota of food commodities procured from small and large retail outlets in a U.S. metropolitan area – A pilot study. Food Research International. 2017;105:29–40.

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