Erika Ganda

  • Assistant Professor of Food Animal Microbiomes
Erika Ganda
311 Forest Resources Laboratory
University Park, PA 16802
Work Phone: 814-865-4084

Areas of Expertise

  • Microbiome
  • Epidemiology
  • Food Production Systems
  • Antimicrobial Resistance
  • Dairy Cattle
  • Mastitis
  • Animal Health and Productivity


  1. Post-doctorate, Food Science, Cornell University, 2017-2019
  2. Ph.D., Animal Science, Cornell University, 2013-2017
  3. B.S. in Veterinary Medicine, UFG - Brazil, 2012

Research and Teaching Interests

Our group’s major research interests include microbiome and metagenome techniques, host-microbe interactions, microbial ecology, bioinformatics, epidemiology, artificial intelligence and pathogen surveillance methods.

Our research is involved in developing practical ways to leverage the microbiome to improve food safety, and expand food production animals' production efficiency.

Our projects span from food safety testing to microbial profiling and targeted treatment/nutrition of livestock, and microbiome modulating approaches to impact animal health and productivity.