Michael W. Sanderson

 Professor, Epidemiology and Beef Production
Associate Director, Center for Outcomes Research and Epidemiology
W.S & E.C Jones Professor of Epidemiology

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


My research team is focused on the epidemiology of disease and decreased production in beef operations. We apply the tools of epidemiology and simulation modeling to identify risks and facilitate decision making. Our research includes modeling biosecurity practices for beef operations including the use of Risk Analysis to identify optimal Biosecurity and Management programs for diseases such as Foot-and-Mouth Disease, Bovine Respiratory Disease Complex, Bovine Viral Diarrhea and Tritrichomonas foetus.

We are also actively involved in researching livestock movement networks and the disease and economic effects of a Foot-and-Mouth Disease outbreak in the U.S. We collect data on livestock contact networks at the individual animal and herd level and are modeling the spread and impact of FMD within and between herds in the US. We have also worked on the Secure Beef Supply plan for FMD control and continuity of business for beef producers in the face of an FMD outbreak.

Our research efforts also include the efficient and safe production of beef. Specifically, our observational research is focused on cattle feedlot pen contact networks and modeling the shedding dynamics and transmission of generic E. coli through the feedlot pen environment as a model for shiga-toxin producing E. coli.

Teaching and Mentoring

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

Selected Publications (2010 to present)

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*Lewy, K, Cernicchiaro, N, Dixon, AL, Beyene, TJ, Shane, D, George, LA, Nagaraja, TG, White, BJ, Sanderson, MW. 2022. Association between tulathromycin treatment in response to bovine respiratory disease with antimicrobial resistance profiles among gut commensals and foodborne bacterial pathogens isolated from feces of beef steers. J. Food Prot. 85:1221-1231. https://doi.org/10.4315/JFP-22-078

*Seger, H, +Sanderson, MW, Nagaraja, TG. 2022. Nonpathogenic Escherichia coli strains as a surrogate for Shiga toxin-producing E. coli - fecal shedding dynamics and pen environmental contamination in weaned calves and feedlot steers. Applied Animal Science, 38:305-316. https://doi.org/10.15232/aas.2021-02260

*Dewsbury, DMA, Sanderson, MW, Dixon, AL, Ekong, PS, Cernicchiaro, N. 2022. A systematic review and meta-analysis of published literature on prevalence of non-O157 Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli serogroups (O26, O45, O103, O111, O121, and O145) and virulence genes in feces, hides, and carcasses of pre- and peri-harvest cattle worldwide, Animal Health Research Reviews 1-24 https://doi:10.1017/S1466252321000153.

*Farthing, T; Dawson, D; Sanderson, M; Seger, H; Lanzas, 2021. Combining epidemiological and ecological methods to quantify social effects on Escherichia coli transmission. Royal Society Open Science 8:10.1098/rsos.210328

*Coffman, M, +Sanderson, MW, Dodd, C, Arzt, J, Renter, DG. 2021. Estimation of FMD wind borne transmission risk from USA beef feedlots. Prev Vet Med 195 10.1016/j.prevetmed.2021.105453

*Wisnieski, LC, Amrine, DE, Cernicchiaro, N, Sanderson, MW, Renter, DG. 2021. Weather conditions associated with bovine respiratory disease mortality in high-risk male auction market-sourced beef calves. Am J Vet Res. 82(8): 644-652

*Hanthorn, CJ, +Sanderson, MW. 2021. Emergency response plans for managing livestock movement in a North American Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) outbreak. J. Am. Vet. Med. Assoc. 10.2460/javma.259.9.1047

*Cabezas, AH, +Sanderson, MW, Lockhart CY, Riley, K, Hanthorn, CJ. 2021. Spatial and Network Analysis of U.S. Livestock Movements based on Interstate Certificates of Veterinary Inspection. Prev Vet Med 10.1016/j.prevetmed.2021.105391

*Cabezas, AH, +Sanderson, MW, Volkova, VV. 2021 Modeling intervention scenarios during potential foot-and-mouth disease outbreaks within U.S. beef feedlots. Front Vet Sci. 8:559785. doi: 10.3389/fvets.2021.559785

*Cabezas, AH, + Sanderson, MW, Volkova, VV. 2020. A metapopulation model of potential foot-and-mouth disease transmission, clinical manifestation, and detection within US beef feedlots. Front Vet Sci. 7:527558. doi.org/10.3389/fvets.2020.527558

*Farthing, T; Dawson, D; Sanderson, M; Lanzas, C. 2020. Accounting for space and uncertainty in real-time-location-system-derived contact networks. Ecol Evol. doi.org/:10.1002/ece3.6225

Cernicchiaro, N; Oliveira, A; Hoehn, A; Cull, C; Noll, L; Shridhar, P; Nagaraja, T; Ives, S; Renter, D; Sanderson, M. 2020. Associations Between Season, Processing Plant, and Hide Cleanliness Scores with Prevalence and Concentration of Major Shiga Toxin–Producing Escherichia coli on Beef Cattle Hides. Foodborne Pathog Dis. doi-org.er.lib.k-state.edu/10.1089/fpd.2019.2777

*Spare, MR; Hanzlicek, G; Wooten, KL; Anderson, GA; Thomson, DU; Sanderson, MW; Ganta, RR; Reif, KE; Raghavan, RK. 2020. Bovine anaplasmosis herd prevalence and management practices as risk-factors associated with herd disease status. Vet Parasitol. 3:100021 doi.org/10.1016/j.vpoa.2019.100021

Hanthorn, CJ, + Sanderson, MW. 2019. Xylazine sedation and gunshot for depopulation of cattle. Bov Pract.53:2, 166-168.

*Beyene, TJ; Revie, C; Cernicchiaro, N; Galvani, A; Sanderson, M; Mourits, M; Hogeveen, H; Fitzpatrick, M. 2019. Impact of One-Health framework on vaccination cost-effectiveness: a case study of rabies in Ethiopia. One Health, 8:100103, doi.org/10.1016/j.onehlt.2019.100103

Cernicchiaro, N, Oliveira, ARS, Hoehn, A, Cull, CA, Noll, LW, Shridhar, PB, Nagaraja, TG, Ives SE, Renter, DG, Sanderson, MW. 2019. Quantification of bacteria indicative of fecal and environmental contamination from hides to carcasses. Foodborne Path Dis. 16:844-855. doi:10.1089/fpd.2019.2656.

*Dawson, D. Farthing, T. Sanderson, MW, Lanzas, C. 2019. Transmission on empirical dynamic contact networks is influenced by data processing decisions. Epidemics 26:32-42. doi.org/10.1016/j.epidem.2018.08.003

Amrine, DE, McLellan, JG, White, BJ, Larson, RL, Renter, D.G., Sanderson, MW. 2019. Evaluation of three classification models to predict risk class of cattle cohorts developing bovine respiratory disease within the first 14 days on feed using on-arrival and/or pre-arrival information. Comput Electron Agric. 156:439-446. doi.org/10.1016/j.compag.2018.11.035

*Ekong, PS, + Sanderson, MW, Shridhar, PB, Cernicchiaro, N, Renter, DG, Bello, NM, Bai, J, Nagaraja, TG. 2018. Bayesian estimation of sensitivity and specificity of culture- and PCR-based methods for the detection of six major non-O157 Escherichia coli serogroups in cattle feces. Prev Vet Med. 161:90-99. doi:10.1016/j.prevetmed.2018.10.012.

*Chitakasempornkul, K, Sanderson, M, Cha, E, Renter, D, Jagger, A, Schroeder, T, Bello, N. 2018. Accounting for data architecture on structural-equation-based modeling of feedlot cattle performance. J Agr Biol Envir St. doi.org/10.1007/s13253-018-0336-7

*Dawson, D, Keung, JH, Napoles, MG, Vella, MR, Chen, S, Sanderson, MW, Lanzas, C. Investigating behavioral drivers of seasonal Shiga-toxigenic Escherichia coli (STEC) patterns in grazing cattle using an agent-based model. PLoS One 13(10): e0205418. doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0205418

*Shane, DD, McLellan, JG, White, BJ, Larson, RL, Amrine, DE, Sanderson, MW, Apley, MD. 2018. Evaluation of animal-to-animal and community contact structures determined by real time location systems for correlation to and prediction of new bovine respiratory disease diagnoses in feedlot cattle during the first 28 days on feed after feedlot entry. Am. J. Vet. Res. 79:1277-1286. doi:10.2460/ajvr.79.12.1277

*Cabezas, A. Sanderson, MW, Jaberi-Douraki, M, Volkova, V. 2018. Clinical and infection dynamics of foot-and-mouth disease in beef feedlot cattle: an expert survey. Prev Vet Med. 158:160-168. doi:10.1016/j.prevetmed.2018.08.007

*Ekong, P.S., + Sanderson, M.W., Bello, N.M., Noll, L.W., Cernicchiaro, N., Renter, D.G., Bai, J., Nagaraja, T.G. 2017. Bayesian estimation of true prevalence, sensitivity and specificity of three diagnostic tests for detection of Escherichia coli O157 in cattle feces. Prev. Vet. Med. 148:21-27.

Cha, E., Sanderson M.W., Cernicchiaro, N., Jager, A., Renter, D., Bello, N. 2017. Implementing Structural Equation Models to Observational Data from Feedlot Production Systems. Prev. Vet. Med. 147:163-171

*Shane, D.D., Larson, R.L., Sanderson, M.W., Miesner, M., White, B.J. 2017 A deterministic, dynamic systems model of cow-calf production: The effects of breeding replacement heifers before mature cows over a 10 year horizon. Journal of Animal Science, 95:4533-4542.

*Shane, D.D., Larson, R.L., Sanderson, M.W., Miesner, M., White, B.J. 2017 A deterministic, dynamic systems model of cow-calf production: The effects of the time of postpartum anestrous on production parameters over a 10 year horizon. Journal of Animal Science, 95:1680-1695.

*Chen, S., Sanderson M.W., Lee, C., Cernicchiaro, N., Renter, D., Lanzas C 2016. Basic reproduction number and transmission dynamics of common serogroups of enterohemorrhagic Escherichia coli. Appl Env Micro, 82:5612-5620.

Nair, A., Cheng, C. Ganta, C., Sanderson, M.W., Alleman, A., Munderloh, U. Ganta R. 2016 Comparative Experimental Infection Study in Dogs with Ehrlichia canis, E. chaffeensis, Anaplasma platys and A. phagocytophilum PLoS One DOI:10.1371/journal.pone.0148239.

*Ekong, PS, Sanderson, MW, Cernicchiaro, N. 2015. Prevalence and concentration of Escherichia coli O157 in different seasons and cattle types processed in North America: A systematic review and meta-analysis of published research. Prev. Vet. Med. 121:74-85 doi:10.1016/j.prevetmed.2015.06.019

*Chen, S., Ilany, A. White, B., Sanderson M.W., Lanzas C. 2015. Spatial-Temporal Dynamics of High-Resolution Animal Social Networks: What Can We Learn from Domestic Animals?. PLoS One June 24, 2015, DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0129253

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, 47:47-76

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. coliO157: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.

*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.