Linda Knudtson, PhD


Lecturer of Microbiology

Contact Information

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

Email: linda-knudtson@uiowa.edu


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

Post Doctorate, 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: Mechanisms of Health and Disease IV, 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.

All Publications

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.

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.

Hartman P, Deibel R, Knudtson L.  Enterococci.  American Public Health Association, Washington, DC.  1992. 

Knudtson L, Hartman P.  Enterococci in pork processing.  Abstr Ann Meet Amer Soc Microbiol, New Orleans, LA.  1992. 

Knudtson L, Hartman P.  Classification of the genus Enterococcus using conventional test procedures.  Abstr Ann Meet Amer Soc Microbiol, Dallas, TX.  1991. 

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