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College of Veterinary Medicine

Michael W. Sanderson

 Professor, Diagnostic Medicine and Pathobiology

DVM (1988), Colorado State University 
MS (1995), Washington State University
Diplomate (1995), American College of Veterinary Preventive Medicine (Epidemiology Specialty)

Kansas State University
Phone: 785-532-4264
E-mail: sandersn@vet.k-state.edu


I serve the veterinary and livestock community and ultimately the public through service on boards and organizations relevant to my expertise.   I currently serve as the Bovine Commodity group Chair for the National Animal Health Reporting System Steering Committee,  Chair of the Biological Risk Management and Preparedness Committee for the American Association of Bovine Practitioners, and on the Editorial Advisory Board Preventive Veterinary Medicine.


I teach the Intermediate Epidemiology class for graduate students and MPH students.   I also teach an Introduction to Disease Modeling class for graduate students. I also and mentor and advise MPH, MS and PhD graduate students


My research interests are in the epidemiology of disease and decreased production in beef operations, and the application of epidemiology and simulation modeling to facilitate decision making.  My research includes modeling biosecurity practices for beef operations including the use of Risk Analysis to identify optimal Biosecurity and Management programs for BRD, BVDV and Tritrichomonas.

My research interests also include the efficient and safe production of beef. My work here includes experimental and observational research on the epidemiology and ecology of Escherichia coli O157:H7 and other STEC in cattle.  I am actively involved in developing a Quantitative Microbial Risk Assessment for STEC in the beef production system from farm to fork and in modeling of shedding dynamics and transmission of E. coli O157 through the feedlot pen environment.

I am also actively involved in modeling the disease and economic effects of a Foot and Mouth Disease outbreak in the U.S.

Selected Publications (2010 to present)

PubMed search for Dr. Sanderson.

Schroeder, TC, Pendell, DL. Sanderson, MW. McReynolds SM. Economic Impact of Alternative FMD Emergency Vaccination Strategies in the Midwestern United States. In Press , Journal of Agricultural and Applied Economics, Scheduled Publication Feb 2015

Nair A, Cheng, C, Jaworski D, Willard L, Sanderson MW, Ganta R. Ehrlichia chaffeensis Infection in the Reservoir Host (White-tailed Deer) and in an Incidental Host (Dog) Is Impacted By Its Prior Growth in Macrophage and Tick Cell Environments. PLoS One Oct. 10, 2014. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0109056. 

*McReynolds SM, +Sanderson, MW, Reeves A, Hill A. 2014. Modeling the impact of vaccination control strategies of a foot and mouth disease outbreak in the Central United States. Prev Vet Med, 117:487-504.

*McReynolds SM, +Sanderson, MW, Reeves A, Sinclair M, Hill A, Salmon, MD. 2014. Direct and Indirect Contact Rates among livestock operations in Colorado and Kansas. J. Am Vet Med Assoc. 244:1066-1074. 

Smith, RL, Tauer LW, Sanderson MW, Grohn YT. 2014. Minimum cost to control bovine tuberculosis in cow-calf herds. Prev Vet Med 115:18-28.

*Chen, S., White, B., Sanderson M.W., Amrine, D., Ilany, A. Lanzas C. 2014. Highly Dynamic Contact Network and Implications on Disease Transmission.  Nature Scientific Reports, 4:4172 DOI: 10.1038/srep04472.

*McReynolds SM, +Sanderson, MW.  2014. The feasibility of methods to depopulate cattle in a large feedlot during a Foot and Mouth Disease outbreak.  J. Am Vet Med Assoc. 244:291-298.

*Smith R.L. +Sanderson M.W., Jones, R., N’Guessan Y., Renter D.G., Larson R.L., White B.J. 2014. Economic risk analysis model for Bovine Viral Diarrhea Virus biosecurity in cow-calf herds. Prev Vet Med  113:492-503.

*Chen, S., Sanderson M.W., White, B., Amrine, D., Lanzas C. 2013. Temporal-spatial heterogeneity in animal-environment contact: Implications for the exposure and transmission of pathogens.  Nature Scientific Reports 3:3112 DOI: 10.1038/srep03112. 

Jacob ME, Foster, D, Rogers, A, Balcomb, C, Sanderson, MW. 2013. Prevalence and relatedness of E. coli O157:H7 in the feces and on the hides and carcasses of U. S. meat goats at slaughter. Appl Environ Microbiol. 79:4154-4158.

*Chen, S., Sanderson M.W., Lanzas C. 2013. Investigating Effects of Between- and Within- Host Variability on Escherichia coli O157 Shedding Pattern and Transmission. Prev Vet Med. 109:47-57.

*Hanzlicek G.A., Renter, D., White, B.J., Wagner, B.A., Dargatz, D.A., Sanderson, M.W., Scott, H.M. Larson,R.L. 2012. Management practices associated with the rate of pre-weaning calf respiratory disease: results from a national survey of U.S. cow-calf operations. J. Am. Vet Med Assoc. 242:1271-1278.

*Barbur, L, Shuman, C, Sanderson, M, Grauer, G. 2011. Factors that influence a decision to pursue an internship:   The importance of mentoring. J Vet Med Education 38:278-287.

*Dodd, C., +Sanderson, M.W. Jacob, M.E.,Renter, D.G. 2011. Modeling Preharvest and Harvest Interventions for Escherichia coli O157 Contamination of Beef Cattle Carcasses.  Journal of Food Protection 74:1422-1433.

*Dodd, C., Renter, D.G., Shi, X., Alam, J.M., Nagaraja, T.G., Sanderson, M.W. 2011. Prevalence and Persistence of Salmonella in Cohorts of Feedlot Cattle, Food Borne Pathogens and Disease.  8:781-789.

*Nickell J.S., White B.J., Larson R.L., Renter D.G., Sanderson M.W. 2011. Quantification of the Value of Implementing Whole Herd Bovine Viral Diarrhea Virus Testing Strategies in Beef Cow-calf Herds. J Vet Diag Invest. 23:194-205.

*Nickell, J.S., White, B.J., Larson, R.L., Renter, D.G., Sanderson, M.W.,Peck C. 2011. Bovine Viral Diarrhea Virus (BVDV) Status in cow-calf herds and associations with biosecurity and production practices among Montana beef producers.  Bov Practitioner 43(1):14-22.

White B.J., Hanzlicek G., Sanderson M.W., Anderson D.E., Larson R.L. 2010. Prevalence of Mollicutes species and Mycoplasma bovis in beef feeder calves at arrival and initial treatment for bovine respiratory disease. Canadian Veterinary Journal 51:1016-1018.

*Lyon S.D., Sanderson M.W., Vaden S.L., Lappin M.R., Jensen W.A., Grauer G.F. 2010. Comparison of dipstick, sulfosalicylic acid, urine protein creatinine ratio, and species-specific ELISA methodologies for detection of albumin in canine and feline urine samples. J Am Vet Med Assoc. 236:874-879.

*Smith R.L. +Sanderson M.W. Renter D.G.. White B.W. Larson R.L. 2010. A stochastic risk model to assess the spread of bovine viral diarrhea virus in cow-calf herds following introduction.  Prev Vet Med 95:86-98

*Dodd, C., Renter, D.G., Fox, T., Shi, X., Sanderson, M., Nagaraja, T.G. 2010. Genetic Relatedness of Escherichia coli O157 Isolates from Cattle Feces and Pre-intervention Beef Carcasses, Foodborne Pathogens and Disease. 7:357-365.

*Walker C., Shi X., Sanderson M., Sargeant J., Nagaraja T.G. 2010. Prevalence of Escherichia coli O157:H7 in gut contents of beef cattle at slaughter. Foodborne Pathogens and Disease. 7:249-255.