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Kelsey Jesser

Clinical Assistant Professor, Env. and Occ. Health Sciences


Research Interests

Dr. Jesser’s current research is focused on understanding the environmental distributions and human health impacts of enteric pathogens in Ecuador and Mozambique. Her projects include:

  • Evaluation of a wet-market hygiene intervention for reducing transmission of zoonotic infection and antibiotic resistance genes in poultry products in Maputo, Mozambique
  • Use of microbial source tracking to understand child exposures to human and animal sources of environmental fecal contamination in northern Ecuador.
  • Evaluations of how environmental conditions and access to water, sanitation and hygiene impact infection, the gut microbiome and inflammatory immune markers in Ecuadorian children.


Dr. Kelsey Jesser is a Clinical Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences at the University of Washington.

Dr. Jesser is a microbiologist with research interests at the intersection of microbial ecology and public health. She uses bioinformatic and molecular biology tools to study the ecology, virulence traits and human health impacts of environmental human pathogens.


PhD University of North Carolina (Chapel Hill),
MS Western Washington University,
BS The College of Idaho,

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