Jianghong Meng, Ph.D., DVM, MPVM

Professor, Director of Center for Food Safety and Security Systems (CFS3), and Director of the Joint Institute for Food Safety & Applied Nutrition (JIFSAN)
2134 Patapsco Building
College Park, MD 20742
United States

Employment

2019-present Director, Center for Food Safety and Security Systems (CFS3), University of Maryland
2009-present Director, Joint Institute for Food Safety & Applied Nutrition (JIFSAN), University of Maryland
2006-present Professor, Department of Nutrition and Food Science, University of Maryland
2001-2006 Associate Professor, Department of Nutrition and Food Science, University of Maryland
2001-2004 Director, Graduate Program in Food Science, University of Maryland
1996-2001 Assistant Professor, Department of Nutrition and Food Science, University of Maryland

Education

1992 Ph.D. Comparative Pathology (major: Microbiology and Public Health; minor: Pathology), University of California, Davis
1989 Master of Preventive Veterinary Medicine (MPVM), University of California, Davis
1983 DVM, Veterinary Medicine, Sichuan Agricultural University, China

Awards and Honors

2019 Fellow, American Academy of Microbiology
2017 Fellow, Food Systems Leadership Institute, Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities
2013 FDA/CFSAN Recognition Award on iRisk Development
2013 The Dean Gordon Cairns Award for Distinguished Creative Work and Teaching in Agriculture, College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, University of Maryland
2010 Outstanding Service Award to the National Advisory Committee on Microbiological Criteria for Food, US Department of Agriculture
2010 FDA/CFSAN Director’s Special Citation Award on Aquacultural Foods
2010 FDA/CFSAN Exceptional Achievement Award on Food Safety Practices at Retail
2005 Commissioner’s Special Citation Award, the US Food & Drug Administration

Teaching:

NFSC631 Advanced Food Microbiology

Selective Publications:

  1. Peng M, Tabashsum Z, Patel P, Bernhardt C, Biswas C, Meng J, Biswas D. 2019.
    Prevention of enteric bacterial infections and modulation of gut microbiota composition with
    conjugated linoleic acids producing Lactobacillus in mice. BioRxiv:571117.
  2. Tyson GH, Bodeis-Jones S, Caidi H, Cook K, Dessai U, Haro J, McCullough AE, Meng J,
    Morales CA, Lawrence JP. 2018. Proposed Epidemiological Cutoff Values for Ceftriaxone,
    Cefepime, and Colistin in Salmonella. Foodborne pathogens and disease 15:701-704
  3. Gonzalez-Escalona, N., J. Meng, and M.P. Doyle. 2018. Shiga-toxin Producing Escherichia
    coli. In: Food Microbiology - Fundamentals and Frontiers, (M.P. Doyle and R. Buchanan
    eds., 5th edition). American Society for Microbiology, Washington, D.C.
  4. Noll LW, Worley JN, Yang X, Shridhar PB, Ludwig JB, Shi X, Bai J, Caragea D, Meng J,
    Nagaraja TG. 2018. Comparative genomics reveals differences in mobile virulence genes
    of Escherichia coli O103 pathotypes of bovine fecal origin. PloS one 13:e0191362.
  5. Gao X, Yang X, Noll L, Shi X, Worley J, Allard M, Brown E, Nagaraja TG, Meng J. 2018.
    Whole genome shotgun sequencing revealed highly polymorphic genome regions and genes
    in Escherichia coli O157:H7 isolates collected from a single feedlot. PLoS One 13:e0202775.
  6. Gao X, Yang X, Noll L, Shi X, Worley J, Allard M, Brown E, Nagaraja TG, Meng J. 2018.
    Whole genome shotgun sequencing revealed highly polymorphic genome regions and genes
    in Escherichia coli O157:H7 isolates collected from a single feedlot. PLoS One 13:e0202775.
  7. Worley, J, J. Meng, M. Allard, E. Brown, and R. Timme. 2018. Salmonella enterica phylogeny
    based on whole genome sequencing reveals two new clades and novel patterns of
    horizontally acquired genetic elements. MBio 9.
  8. Chen K, Dong N, Zhao S, Liu L, Li R, Xie M, Lin D, Chan EW, Meng J, McDermott PF, Chen
    S. 2018. Identification and characterization of conjugative plasmids that encode ciprofloxacin
    resistance in Salmonella. Antimicrob Agents Chemother doi:10.1128/AAC.00575-18.
  9. Cao G, Allard M, Hoffmann M, Muruvanda T, Luo Y, Payne J, Meng K, Zhao S, McDermott
    P, Brown E, Meng J. 2018. Sequence Analysis of IncA/C and IncI1 Plasmids Isolated from
    Multidrug-Resistant Salmonella Newport Using Single-Molecule Real-Time Sequencing.
    Foodborne pathogens and disease. 15:361-371.
  10. Su X, Cao G, Kuang D, Zhang J, Chen Y, Allard M, Brown E, Shi X, Meng J, Xu X. 2017.
    Draft Genome Sequences of Three Listeria monocytogenes Isolates from Foods in China.
    Genome announcements 5:e00220-00217.
  11. Noll LW, Worley JN, Yang X, Shridhar PB, Bai J, Meng J, Caragea D, Nagaraja T. 2017.
    Draft Genome Sequences of Enteropathogenic Escherichia coli O103 Strains Isolated from
    Feces of Feedlot Cattle. Genome Announcements 5:e00387-00317.
  12. Zhang J, Cao G, Xu X, Allard M, Li P, Brown E, Yang X, Pan H, Meng J. 2016. Evolution
    and diversity of Listeria monocytogenes from clinical and food samples in Shanghai, China.
    Frontiers in microbiology 7.
  13. Gonzalez-Escalona N, Toro M, Rump LV, Cao G, Nagaraja T, Meng J. 2016. Virulence
    gene profiles and clonal relationships of Escherichia coli O26: H11 isolates from feedlot
    cattle as determined by whole-genome sequencing. Applied and environmental
    microbiology 82:3900-3912.
  14. Hoffmann M, Luo Y, Monday SR, Gonzalez-Escalona N, Ottesen AR, Muruvanda T, Wang
    C, Kastanis G, Keys C, Janies D, Senturk IF, Catalyurek UV, Wang H, Hammack TS,
    Wolfgang WJ, Schoonmaker-Bopp D, Chu A, Myers R, Haendiges J, Evans PS, Meng J,
    Strain EA, Allard MW, Brown EW. 2016. Tracing Origins of the Salmonella Bareilly Strain
    Causing a Food-borne Outbreak in the United States. J Infect Dis. 213: 499-501.
  15. Cao G, Allard MW, Hoffmann M, Monday SR, Muruvanda T, Luo Y, Payne J, Rump L,
    Meng K, Zhao S. 2015. Complete sequences of six IncA/C plasmids of multidrug-resistant
    Salmonella enterica subsp. enterica serotype Newport. Genome announcements 3:e00027-00015.
  16. Cao G, Zhang J, Xu X, Jin H, Yang X, Pan H, Allard M, Brown E, Meng J. 2015. Whole-genome
    sequences of 12 clinical strains of Listeria monocytogenes. Genome
    announcements 3:e01203-01214.
  17. Liu Y, Yan X, DebRoy C, Fratamico PM, Needleman DS, Li RW, Wang W, Losada L,
    Brinkac L, Radune D, Toro M, Hegde N, Meng J 2015. Escherichia coli O-antigen gene
    clusters of serogroups O62, O68, O131, O140, O142, and O163: DNA sequences and
    similarity between O62 and O68, and PCR-based serogrouping. Biosensors 5:51-68.
  18. Shen J, Rump L, Ju W, Shao J, Zhao S, Brown E, Meng J. 2015. Virulence characterization
    of non-O157 Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli isolates from food, humans and
    animals. Food microbiology 50:20-27.
  19. Toro M, Rump L, Cao G, Meng J, Brown E, Gonzalez-Escalona N. 2015. Simultaneous
    presence of insertion sequence-excision enhancer (IEE) and insertion sequence IS629
    correlates with increased diversity and virulence in Shiga-toxin producing Escherichia coli
    (STEC). J Clin Microbiol 53:3466-3473.
  20. Yang X, Kuang D, Meng J, Pan H, Shen J, Zhang J, Shi W, Chen Q, Shi X, Xu X, Zhang J.
    2015. Antimicrobial Resistance and Molecular Typing of Salmonella Stanley Isolated from
    Humans, Foods, and Environment. Foodborne Pathog Dis 12:945-949.
  21. Yang Q, Wang F, Jones KL, Meng J, Prinyawiwatkul W, Ge B. 2015. Evaluation of loop-mediated
    isothermal amplification for the rapid, reliable, and robust detection of Salmonella
    in produce. Food Microbiol 46:485-493.
  22. Toro M, Cao G, Rump L, Nagaraja TG, Meng J, Gonzalez-Escalona N. 2015. Genome
    Sequences of 64 Non-O157:H7 Shiga Toxin-Producing Escherichia coli Strains. Genome
    Announc 3.
  23. Pan H, Ge Y, Xu H, Zhang J, Kuang D, Yang X, Su X, Huang Z, Shi X, Xu X, Meng J. 2015.
    Molecular Characterization, Antimicrobial Resistance and Caco-2 Cell Invasion Potential of
    Campylobacter Jejuni/Coli from Young Children with Diarrhea. Pediatr Infect Dis J.
    35(3):330-4
  24. Kuang D, Xu X, Meng J, Yang X, Jin H, Shi W, Pan H, Liao M, Su X, Shi X, Zhang J. 2015.
    Antimicrobial susceptibility, virulence gene profiles and molecular subtypes of Salmonella
    Newport isolated from humans and other sources. Infect Genet Evol 36:294-299.
  25. Hao D, Xing X, Li G, Wang X, Zhang M, Zhang W, Xia X, Meng J. 2015. Prevalence, toxin
    gene profiles, and antimicrobial resistance of Staphylococcus aureus isolated from
    quick-frozen dumplings. J Food Prot 78:218-223.
  26. Wang Y, Liu C, Zhang Z, Hu Y, Cao C, Wang X, Xi M, Xia X, Yang B, Meng J. 2015.
    Distribution and Molecular Characterization of Salmonella enterica Hypermutators in Retail
    Food in China. Journal of Food Protection. 78:1481-1487.
  27. Wu H, Wang Y, Wu Y, Qiao J, Li H, Zheng S, Xia X, Cui S, Wang X, Xi M, Meng, J. Yang, B.
    2015. Emergence of β-Lactamases and Extended-Spectrum β-Lactamases (ESBLs)
    Producing Salmonella in Retail Raw Chicken in China. Foodborne pathogens and disease
    12:228-234.
  28. Yang Q, Wang F, Jones KL, Meng J, Prinyawiwatkul W, Ge B. 2015. Evaluation of loop-mediated
    isothermal amplification for the rapid, reliable, and robust detection of Salmonella
    in produce. Food microbiology 46:485-493.
  29. Zhang J, Yang X, Kuang D, Shi X, Xiao W, Zhang J, Gu Z, Xu X, Meng J. 2015. Prevalence
    of antimicrobial resistance of non-typhoidal Salmonella serovars in retail aquaculture
    products. Int J Food Microbiol 210:47-52
  30. Wang Y, Yang B, Cui Y, Alali WQ, Xia X, Xi M, Wang X, Shi X, Wang D, Meng J. 2015.
    Subtyping of Salmonella isolates on retail raw chicken in China by pulsed-field gel
    electrophoresis and plasmid analysis. Food Control 47:420-426.
  31. Rump LV, Gonzalez-Escalona N, Ju W, Wang F, Cao G, Meng S, Meng J. 2015. Genomic
    Diversity and Virulence Profiles of Historical Escherichia coli O157 Strains Isolated from
    Clinical and Environmental Sources. Applied and environmental microbiology 81:569-577.

Our research interests include: 1) advanced molecular methods for identification and subtyping of pathogenic organisms; 2) mechanisms of antimicrobial resistance and resistance transfer among bacteria. 

We perform whole genome sequencing to better understand molecular evolution and ecology of Salmonella, Shiga toxin-producing E. coli and other foodborne pathogens, and participate in GenomeTrakr network
(https://www.fda.gov/food/whole-genome-sequencing-wgs-program/genometrakr-network).
The initiative holds the potential to dramatically improve public health globally.

We also conduct research on multidrug-resistant foodborne pathogens to elucidate the molecular mechanisms of antimicrobial resistance.  Our work has helped determine associations of antimicrobial use in animal production environments with subsequent spread of resistant bacteria throughout the food chain.

Solving food protection problems locally, regionally, and internationally