Dr. Ginger Shipp is a microbiologist who studies zoonotic diseases-illnesses that can be spread between animals and humans. She utilized ruminant and porcine models in her work.
Dr. Shipp’s master and doctoral degree work were both in molecular biology and public health. Her masters degree was in conjunction with Iowa State University and the State of Iowa Department of Public Health, Center for Acute Disease Epidemiology, where she authored work on bioterrorism-preparedness activities of state public health departments. Her doctoral work, also at ISU, involved studying the establishment and spread of diseases of food-safety importance in dairy farm environments, including Salmonella and Camplyobacter.
After receiving her doctorate, she was employed as a Postdoctoral Research Associate at Texas A&M AgriLife Research, Amarillo. Dr. Shipp worked as a microbiologist in the Ruminant Animal Health Laboratory. Her research focused on changes in microbial communities in the digestive tract of cattle, and how these changes could increase risk of disease. Methods used in the lab include molecular biology, metagenomics and bioinformatics.