Jasna Kovac

Lester Earl and Veronica Casida Career Development Professor of Food Safety; Associate Professor of Food Science

Jasna Kovac

Research Summary

Integrating epidemiological, microbiological, molecular and omics methods to better understand microbial pathogenic potential, antimicrobial resistance, and epidemiology of foodborne pathogens.

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Bacillus Cereus Genes Genome Food Phylogeny Food Microbiology Dairies Ethiopia Bacteriology Dairy Products Milk Emetics Anthrax Cytotoxicity Nucleotides Campylobacter Genomics Gene Campylobacter Jejuni Farms Phenotype Hygiene Fatty Acids 16s Ribosomal Rna Hungary

Most Recent Publications

T Chung, A Salazar, G Harm, S Johler, L Carroll, Jasna Kovac, 2024, Applied and environmental microbiology on p. 11

Abera Admasie, Tesfaye Tessema, Jessie Vipham, Jasna Kovac, Ashagrie Zewdu, 2024, International Dairy Journal on p. 7

Xiaoyuan Wei, Anwar Hassen, Karen McWilliams, Karen Pietrzen, Taejung Chung, Marysabel Acevedo, Tyler Chandross-Cohen, Edward Dudley, Jessie Vipham, Hassen Mamo, Tesfaye Tessema, Ashagrie Zewdu, Jasna Kovac, 2024, BMC Genomic Data on p. 12

Laura Rolon, M. Laura Rolon, Tyler Chandross-Cohen, Kerry Kaylegian, Robert F. Roberts, Jasna Kovac, 2023, Microbiology spectrum on p. e0116723

M Rolon, X Tan, T Chung, N Gonzalez-Escalona, Y Chen, D Macarisin, Luke F. LaBorde, Jasna Kovac, 2023, Microbiome on p. 24

Abera Admasie, Adane Eshetu, Tesfaye Sisay Tessema, Jessie Vipham, Jasna Kovac, Ashagrie Zewdu, 2023, Food Microbiology

Betelhem Mengstu, Alganesh Tola, Henok Nahusenay, Tesfaye Sisay, Jasna Kovac, Jessie Vipham, Ashagrie Zewdu, 2023, International Dairy Journal

Prevalence of ciprofloxacin resistance and associated genetic determinants differed among Campylobacter isolated from human and poultry meat sources in Pennsylvania

Runan Yan, Nkuchia M'ikanatha, Irving Nachamkin, Lauren Hudson, Thomas Denes, Jasna Kovac, 2023, Food Microbiology on p. 14

Naresh Devarajan, Daniel Weller, M Jones, Aiko Adell, Achyut Adhikari, Ana Allende, Nicole Arnold, Patrick Baur, Sarah Beno, Donna Clements, Elissa Olimpi, Faith Critzer, Hyatt Green, Lisa Gorski, Angela Ferelli Gruber, Jasna Kovac, Jeffery McGarvey, Claire Murphy, Sarah Murphy, Nora Navarro-Gonzalez, Jeb Owen, Alda Pires, Nicole Richard, Sandipan Samaddar, Radomir Schmidt, Kate Scow, Nikki Shariat, Olivia Smith, Austin Spence, Don Stoeckel, Thao Tran, Gretchen Wall, Daniel Karp, 2023, Frontiers in Sustainable Food Systems on p. 13

Most-Cited Papers

Rachel A. Miller, Sarah M. Beno, David J. Kent, Laura M. Carroll, Nicole H. Martin, Kathryn J. Boor, Jasna Kovac, 2016, International Journal of Systematic Bacteriology on p. 4744-4753

Jasna Kovač, Katarina Šimunović, Zuowei Wu, Anja Klančnik, Franz Bucar, Qijing Zhang, Sonja Smole Možina, 2015, PLoS One on p. e0122871

Laura M. Carroll, Martin Wiedmann, Manjari Mukherjee, David C. Nicholas, Lisa A. Mingle, Nellie B. Dumas, Jocelyn A. Cole, Jasna Kovac, 2019, Frontiers in Microbiology

Petra Videnska, Md Masudur Rahman, Marcela Faldynova, Vladimir Babak, Marta Elsheimer Matulova, Estella Prukner-Radovcic, Ivan Krizek, Sonja Smole-Mozina, Jasna Kovac, Ama Szmolka, Bela Nagy, Karel Sedlar, Darina Cejkova, Ivan Rychlik, 2014, PLoS One

Jasna Kovac, Henk den Bakker, Laura M. Carroll, Martin Wiedmann, 2017, TrAC - Trends in Analytical Chemistry on p. 52-61

Xiaoqing Tan, Taejung Chung, Yi Chen, Dumitru Macarisin, Luke LaBorde, Jasna Kovac, 2019, Microbiome on p. 115

Rachel A. Miller, Jiahui Jian, Sarah M. Beno, Martin Wiedmann, Jasna Kovac, 2018, Applied and Environmental Microbiology

Jasna Kovac, Rachel A. Miller, Laura M. Carroll, David J. Kent, Jiahui Jian, Sarah M. Beno, Martin Wiedmann, 2016, BMC Genomics

News Articles Featuring Jasna Kovac

What to Know About the Risk of Food Poisoning From Listeria

Important information about Listeria and the foods to watch out for

Deadly Foodborne Bacteria Found To Hide From Sanitizers

A new study from Penn State University finds that Listeria bacteria may be able to evade sanitation protocols

Foodborne-pathogen Listeria may hide from sanitizers in biofilms

An estimated 1,600 people in the U.S. contract a serious infection from Listeria bacteria in food each year. Penn State researchers may now better understand how the bacteria, called Listeria monocytogenes, survive and persist in fruit-packing plants by evading and surviving sanitizers.

Food-borne pathogen Listeria may hide from sanitizers in biofilms

Penn State researchers may now better understand how the bacteria, Listeria monocytogenes, survive and persist in fruit-packing plants by evading and surviving sanitizers

Penn State researchers announce new comprehensive -Omics database

A group of Penn State scientists have announced kmerDB, an extensive catalogue of sequence information representing all domains of life.

College of Ag Sciences recognizes faculty, staff for research achievements

Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences lauded outstanding accomplishments in research during the 2023 Research Awards Ceremony, held Nov. 1 at the Hintz Family Alumni Center on the University Park campus.

Animal microbiome researcher awarded $1.3M to study pathogenic threats

Erika Ganda was recently awarded two grants totaling $1.3 million from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to lead teams of scientists in studies of pathogenic threats to livestock and people.

Penn State announces tenure-line faculty promotions, effective July 1, 2023

The following is a list of academic promotions for tenured and tenure-line faculty members at Penn State, effective July 1, 2023.

Penn State's renamed One Health Microbiome Center affirms broad expertise

The Microbiome Center in the Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences at Penn State has announced its renaming to the One Health Microbiome Center (OHMC), the first center in the world to integrate "One Health" with the microbiome sciences.

Penn State Global announces 2022-23 faculty, staff, student awards

Penn State Global has announced the 2022-23 recipients of its annual awards that recognize the outstanding contributions of individuals and academic programs at Penn State who have helped to advance the University’s global engagement goals.