Kristin Gulrud, Ph.D.
Dr. Kristin Gulrud earned a B.A. in Biomedical Science from St. Cloud State University in 1990, and a Ph.D. in Microbiology and Immunology from the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center in 1996. She was awarded a National Institutes of Health National Research Service Award (NRSA) from 1997-1999 during her five year post-doctoral fellowship at the Medical College of Wisconsin. Subsequently, Dr. Gulrud spent five years as a molecular epidemiologist at the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH), where she developed molecular methods to identify and subtype a wide variety of pathogens. In her main project at MDH, Dr. Gulrud collaborated with the Centers for Disease Control and the Association of Public Health Laboratories to develop molecular subtyping methods for Salmonella sp. for the PulseNet organization. Her areas of research expertise include the pathogenesis of gastrointestinal bacteria, bacterial toxins, and molecular methods to “fingerprint” bacteria. She has over 30 abstracts and 17 publications to her credit, including most recently a book chapter on “Tandem Repeat-Based Typing Methods” in “Molecular Typing Methods for Tracking Foodborne Microorganisms”.