OVC's Celebrated Researcher this week is Pathobiology's Dr. Nicole Ricker!

Nicole's research focuses on bacterial pathogens and the role of mobile genetic elements in the dissemination of antimicrobial resistance within animal agriculture.

Three Publications:

1. Aradanas, M.Z. Poljak, N. Fittipaldi, N. Ricker, A. Farzan. Serotypes, virulence associated factors, and antimicrobial resistance of Streptococcus suis isolates recovered from sick and healthy pigs determined by whole genome sequencing. Frontiers in Veterinary Science. In press.

2. Ricker, N. B.S. Spoja, N. May, G. Chalmers. 2020. Incorporating the plasmidome into antibiotic resistance surveillance in animal agriculturePlasmid. 2020:102529.  https://doi.org/10.1016/j.plasmid.2021.102529

3. Ricker, N.*, J. Trachsel*, P. Colgan, J. Jones, J. Choi, J. Lee, J. Coetzee, A. Howe, S.L. Brockmeier, C.L. Loving and H.K. Allen. 2020. Towards antibiotic stewardship: Route of antibiotic administration impacts the microbiota and resistance gene diversity in swine fecesFrontiers in Veterinary Science. 7:255. doi: 10.3389/fvets.2020.00255


Two Grants and Awards:

1. 2019-2022. OMAFRA. PI: A. Farzan. Team members: Z. Poljak, R. Friendship, B. Lillie, N. Ricker. Molecular epidemiology of Streptococcus suis in Ontario nursery pigs.

2. 2018-2021. CFREF Food from Thought Thematic Research. PI: J. Farber. Co-PI: G. LaPointe, L. Goodridge, N. Ricker. Control of foodborne pathogens.


One Win:

Maysa Niazy (co-supervised with myself and Khurram Nadeem) successfully defended her thesis in August for her Masters in Bioinformatics!  Maysa will begin a PhD in my lab in Fall 2021.