Pathogen Tracker Users
: As of May 2012, Pathogen Tracker has been renamed
to Food Microbe Tracker as an effort to more accurately reflect the contents of our database. The user interface
of the website has also been updated. Note that all the Pathogen Tracker data and functionalities are preserved.
If you have any concerns, please contact us
Food Microbe Tracker has been developed as an innovative WWW-based tool for
information exchange on bacterial subtypes and strains and for studies on
bacterial biodiversity and strain diversity. The current core strain database
has been assembled by Dr. Kathryn Boor's and Dr. Martin Wiedmann's research
groups at Cornell, but we hope and anticipate that members of the worldwide
research community will contribute their data to this database to allow open
data exchange and to facilitate large scale analyses and studies on bacterial
biodiversity. Our goal is that this database system will ultimately be used
similar to GenBank and that any subtypes reported in peer reviewed publications
will also be deposited into Food Microbe Tracker to allow open exchange of subtyping
data and access to primary research data.
An interactive PathogenTracker game was developed for middle and highschool students to learn about foodborne disease outbreak investigations. The game can be accessed through its web site .
This database currently allows access to genetic, phenotypic and source
information of a collection of foodborne and zoonotic pathogens and food
spoilage organisms. Major organisms represented in our database include Listeria
monocytogenes,Vibrio parahaemolyticus, Pseudomonas spp.,
and Streptococcus agalactiae The database contains DNA subtyping
information (e.g., ribotype images), DNA sequence information, and phenotypic
information (e.g., Biolog data, serotypes) for bacterial isolates collected by
Dr. Kathryn Boor's and
Dr. Martin Wiedmann's research groups at Cornell and their
An initial prototype of this web-based library and search engine has been
developed by Xiaozheng Zhong, David Wang, Joe Cheng-Yu Huang, Thibet
Rungrotkityot, Jian-Ning Janet Cheng, Ernie Ho, as a CS 501 project under the
project name "Pathogen Tracker". The development of the library search engine
was performed in collaboration with Steven Cai, Michael Chung, Roger Jagoda and
Martin Wiedmann. Development of Pathogen Tracker 2.0 was conducted by Dr. Qi
Sun (Computational Biology Services Unit, Cornell University), Steven Cai (BS
Cornell 00, MS Cornell 02), Hongsheng Tang (MS Binghamton University), Mike
Chung (BS 02 Cornell), Mike Bohlander (BS 03 Cornell), and
Martin Wiedmann, with technical support from Lucy Walle (Cornell Theory
Evolution of Pathogen Tracker into Food Microbe Tracker, including user interface redesign, addition of
new features and continued database maintenance, is currently developed by Pajau Vangay (M.S. Cornell '13).
The new logo for the Food Microbe Tracker website was designed by Lorraine Rodriguez-Rivera (Ph.D. Cornell '14).
Development of this strain collection and database has been and is supported by
USDA-NRI (Award No. 99-35201-8074 to M. Wiedmann), USDA Special Resarch Grants
(Award No. 2001-34459-10296 and 2002-34459-11758 to M. Wiedmann), and by Dairy
Management Inc. (through a grant to Kathryn Boor). In addition, the
American Meat Institute Foundation
has provided critical assistance in support of this project. This website is hosted by Cornell Theory Center, which provides
computational resources and support for the project.
Cornell University administers numerous research centers of major national
importance and is the federally designated land grant institution for New York
State. As such, its faculty and staff have carried forth cutting-edge research,
outreach, and instructional programming for over 120 years. It is important to
note that research and development at Cornell receives considerable support
from New York State Legistature and New York Federal Delegation.
For press coverage on PathogenTracker, please check:
database that tracks path of virulent bacteria via the web is developed by
consortium of Cornell students
If you have any questions or if you would like additional information please
e-mail Martin Wiedmann.
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