September 2014's A&S Researcher of the Month
Dr. Janet Donaldson, Associate Professor of Biological Sciences
Dr. Janet R. Donaldson serves the College of Arts & Sciences an associate professor in the Department of Biological Sciences. She first joined Mississippi State University in August 2007 as an assistant professor and since then, has become a true asset to the Department of Biological Sciences and the College of Arts & Sciences. Since 2007, Donaldson has published 19 articles where she served as a notable author on ten. She published five articles in 2013 alone and has four manuscripts submitted for this year. In 2013, Donaldson was also the recipient of the National Pork Board Swine Industry Award for Innovation for her research on the use of Rhodococcus as a probiotic for pigs. She most significantly held the position of Junior Investigator on a National Institute of Health Center of Biomedical Research Excellence Award that totaled more than eleven million dollars and her lab receiving over $1.3 million dollars over the course of five years. Also, Donaldson has served as an external reviewer for the scientific journal Agricultural, Food, and Analytical Bacteriology, where one of her papers was published in June 2012. She was just titled the associate editor for the journal in 2014.
Donaldson researches many different topics such as the fat secreting Rhodococcus as a potential use as an additive in animal feed and variables affecting survival and pathogenicity of E. coli 0157:H7 and Listeria Monocytogenes. To conduct her research, she uses basic microbiological techniques, as well as molecular, genomic and proteomic analyses. As a teacher of microbiology, Donaldson is said to be enthusiastic, effective and optimistic. "She is a thought-leader for the field, and she has the respect of everyone in the field that I know," says Dr. Todd Callaway of the USDA. "Her research program continues to break new ground, and the personal originality and creativity Donaldson brings to the work has been and continues to be outstanding."