Dr Nicol Janecko

Group Leader

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Campylobacter in the food chain


I am an epidemiologist and microbiologist of foodborne zoonoses with a long-standing interest in the interrelationships of foodborne zoonotic pathogens among different ecological compartments.

I joined the Quadram Institute as a career track group leader in October 2019 to investigate the epidemiology and genomics of Campylobacter in the food chain using a combination of established and innovative approaches.

My career previous to this has been in public service with the Canadian Integrated Program for Antimicrobial Resistance Surveillance (CIPARS) and the FoodNet Canada Integrated Enteric Surveillance System at the Public Health Agency of Canada. Designing and delivering scientific outputs to inform public health policy was also part of my academic focus at the Department of Population Medicine, Ontario Veterinary College, University of Guelph.

I was awarded a BSc in Animal Science and an MSc in Food Safety Quality Assurance from the University of Guelph, Guelph, ON, Canada. My PhD at the Veterinary and Pharmaceutical Sciences University Brno, Brno Czech Republic in the Department of Biology and Wildlife Diseases focused on the epidemiology of antimicrobial resistance in wildlife and the environment. As a post-doctoral research scientist QIB in Dr. Alison Mather’s research group, I designed and managed a structured epidemiological survey, utilising sequence- and culture-based approaches to characterise antimicrobial resistance in zoonotic foodborne pathogens and commensal bacteria within the food products.

Key Publications

Janecko N, Martz SL, Avery BP, Daignault D, Desruisseau A, Boyd D, Irwin RJ, Mulvey MR, Reid-Smith RJ. (2016) Carbapenemase-Resistant Enterobacteriaceae identified inimported seafood purchased at retail in Canada. Emerg Infect Dis. Sep;22(9):1675-7. doi: 10.3201/eid2209.160305

Janecko N, Cizek A, Halova D, Karpiskova R, Myskova P, Literak I. (2014) Prevalence, characterization and antibiotic resistance of Salmonella isolates in large corvid species in Europe and North America between 2010 and 2013. Zoonoses Public Health. 62(4):292-300. doi: 10.1111/zph.12149

Janecko N, Pokludova L, Blahova J, Svobodova Z, Literak I. (2016) Implications of fluoroquinolone contamination for the aquatic environment –A review. Environ Toxicol Chem Environ Toxicol Chem. Nov;35(11):2647-2656. doi: 10.1002/etc.3552

Vogt NA, Pearl DL, Taboada EN, Reid-Smith RJ, Mulvey MR, Janecko N, Mutschall SK, Jardine CM. (2019) A repeated cross-sectional study of the epidemiology of Campylobacter and antimicrobial resistant Enterobacteriaceae in free-living Canada geese in Guelph, Ontario, Canada. Zoonoses Public Health. Feb;66(1):60-72. doi: 10.1111/zph.12529

Jamborova I, Janecko N, Halova D, Sedmik J, Mezerova K, Papousek I, Kutilova I, Dolejska M, Cizek A, Literak I. (2018) Molecular characterization of plasmid-mediated AmpC beta-lactamase-and extended-spectrum beta-lactamase-producing Escherichia coli and Klebsiella pneumoniae among corvids (Corvus brachyrhynchos and Corvus corax) roosting in Canada. FEMS Microbiol Ecol. Nov 1;94(11). Doi: 10.1093/femsec/fiy166

Janecko N, Merks H, Boone R, Viswanathan M, Dixon . (2023)

Foodborn protozoan parasites in fresh mussels and oysters purchased at retail in Canada

International Journal of Food Microbiology, 399, 110248

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Djeghout B, Bloomfield S, Rudder S, Elumogo N, Mather A, Wain J, Janecko . (2022)

Comparative genomics of Campylobacter jejuni from clinical campylobacteriosis stool specimens

Gut Pathogens

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Bloomfield SJ, Zomer AL, O'Grady J, Kay GL, Wain J, Janecko N, Palau R, Mather A. (2022)

Determination and quantification of microbial communities and antimicrobial resistance on food through host DNA-depleted metagenomics

Food Microbiology

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Epping L, Semmler T, Walther B, Piro R, Knuver MT, Huber C, Thurmer A, Flieger A, Fruth A, Janecko N, Wieler L, Stingl . (2021)

Genome-wide insights into population structure and host specificity of Campylobacter jejuni

Scientific Reports

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