Microbiology

Linda Knudtson, PhD

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Lecturer of Microbiology

Contact Information

Office: 3-654 Bowen Science Building
51 Newton Rd
Iowa City, IA 52242
Office Phone: 319-335-9013

Email: linda-knudtson@uiowa.edu

Education

BS, Iowa State University
PhD, Microbiology, Iowa State University

Post Doctoral, Iowa State University

Research Summary

I have been with the Department of Microbiology since 2003. During that time I have been involved in several courses. My current courses include: Principles of Infectious Diseases, Pharmacy and Nursing Microbiology, and Summer Web-Based Nursing Microbiology.

I started out with a degree in Microbiology, Zoology and Chemistry and became a Medical Technologist in the hospital setting. I soon found that I loved the clinical emphasis, especially in Microbiology. I received my Ph.D. in Microbiology in 1992, from Iowa State University. My research involved Enterococci. I studied the identification of new enterococcal species and their association with food and meat spoilage.

After obtaining my Ph.D., I worked in the Salt Lake City/County Health Department, then as the microbiology department head in a 250-bed hospital in Salt Lake. I served on the infection Control Committee for the hospital and gained a lot of insight into the epidemiology of disease, another love of mine. At The University of Iowa, I write lab manuals and design new lab adventures for my students. I also lecture, including examples of my own clinical experience (some more entertaining than others). I love teaching and feel very lucky to be able to put all my energy into teaching medical professionals in clinical microbiology.

In my free time I am a chauffer to my 3 kids, I do home improvement projects and I like spending time with my family.

Selected Publications

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Knudtson L, Hartman P.  Comparison of fluorescent gentamicin-thallous-carbonate and KF streptococcal agars to enumerate enterococci and fecal streptococci in meats.  Appl Environ Microbiol.  1993 March. 59(3):936-8.
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Knudtson L, Hartman P.  Antibiotic resistance among enterococcal isolates from clinical and environmental sources.  J Food Prot.  1993. 56:489-92.

Knudtson L, Hartman P.  Enterococci in pork processing.  J Food Prot.  1993. 56:6-9, 17.

Knudtson L, Hartman P.  Comparison of four latex agglutination kits to rapidly identify Lancefield group D enterococci and fecal streptococci.  Journal of Rapid Methods & Automation in Microbiology.  1992 December. 1(4):301-4.

Knudtson L, Hartman P.  Routine procedures for isolation and identification of enterococci and fecal streptococci.  Appl Environ Microbiol.  1992 September. 58(9):3027-31.
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Hartman P, Deibel R, Knudtson L.  Enterococci.  American Public Health Association, Washington, DC.  1992. 

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