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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, on the Advisory Board for the USDA Animal Disease Biosecurity Coordinated Agricultural Project, on the Kansas Department of Agriculture Foreign Animal Disease Working Group and on the Editorial Advisory Board Preventive Veterinary Medicine.


I teach the Intermediate Epidemiology class for graduate students 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


My research team focus is on the epidemiology of disease and decreased production in beef operations, and the application of epidemiology and simulation modeling to 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 FMD, BRD, BVDV and Tritrichomonas foetus.

We are actively involved in researching Livestock movement and the disease and economic effects of a Foot and Mouth Disease outbreak in the U.S.  We collect data on livestock movements for use in building contact networks and modeling the spread and impact of an FMD introduction to the US.  We also have active projects modeling the spread of FMD within a large commercial feedlot.  We work on the Secure Beef Supply plan to produce a 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. Work here includes experimental and observational research on the epidemiology and ecology of Escherichia coli O157:H7 and other STEC in cattle.  We are actively collecting data on cattle feedlot pen contact networks and modeling the shedding dynamics and transmission of E. coli through the feedlot pen environment.

Selected Publications (2010 to present)

PubMed search for Dr. Sanderson.

*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 coliAppl 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.