SMB Faculty Profiles

Douglas Call

Douglas Call

Professor of Molecular Epidemiology.
Associate Director for Research and Graduate Education, Allen School.
Director, Immunology and Infectious Disease Graduate Program

Phone: 509-335-6313

Curriculum Vitae

Affiliated Organizations
  • Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science
  • Member, Washington State Academy of Sciences
  • Member, American Society for Microbiology
  • Lifetime member, Northwest Scientific Society



Dr. Call is a professor of molecular epidemiology in the WSU Paul G. Allen School for Global Animal Health. In 2014, he became a Fellow with the American Association for the Advancement of Science in recognition for his contributions to food and water safety, particularly through molecular epidemiology of antibiotic resistant bacteria in agricultural systems (including aquaculture). Dr. Call has published over 190 peer-reviewed papers and has ongoing antibiotic resistance research projects in the U.S., Tanzania, Kenya, Brazil, and Guatemala with support from the NSF, NIH, USDA, CDC, and the Allen School. He has consulted for the Gates Foundation and Fleming Fund regarding antibiotic resistance, and he was recently appointed to the Washington State Academy of Sciences. Dr. Call is a member of the Washington Global Health Pacific Northwest Antimicrobial Resistance Coalition, the Washington State Antimicrobial Resistance Working Group, and the Antimicrobial Resistance Steering Committee for the American Society for Microbiology. He was recently awarded the 2017 Washington State University Sahlin Faculty Excellence Award for Research, Scholarship and Arts, and was selected to give the Distinguished Faculty Address at Washington State University in 2017. He has served on grant review panels for NIH, NSF, USDA, USDA-ARS, and for several foundations.

Personal Statement

Antibiotic resistance is one of the greatest global health challenges of our time – it is also the ultimate “externality” and one of the most “wicked problems” imaginable. Buried in the complexity of this challenge, however, are tremendous opportunities to work-the-problem and devise rationale solutions to limit the evolution, amplification, persistence, and dissemination of resistant bacteria in agriculture and in our hospitals and communities worldwide. It takes a multidisciplinary perspective, which is why I am grateful to have so many wonderful collaborators in the biological, engineering, mathematical and social sciences. I am firmly convinced that it is possible to devise solutions that benefit public health, consumers, producers and animal welfare. And, as a proud father of three living on an idyllic Palouse hobby farm, I am driven to find these solutions so that others can prosper and pursue fulfilling lives.

Education and Training

1987, BS, Wildlife Management, Washington State University
1992, MS, Wildlife Management, Humboldt State University
1997, PhD, Zoology, Washington State University
1997-1999, Postdoctoral Fellow, Immunopathology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
1999-2000, Postdoctoral Fellow, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Richland, WA
Publications on PubMed

Select Publications

  • Omulo S, Thumbi SM, Lockwood S, Verani JR, Bigogo G, Masyongo G, Call DR. (2017) Evidence of superficial knowledge regarding antibiotics and their use: Results of two cross-sectional surveys in an urban informal settlement in Kenya. PLoS One. 12(10):e0185827. PMID: 28968447 PMCID: PMC5624622
  • Subbiah M, Mitchell SM, Call DR. (2016) Not All Antibiotic Use Practices in Food-Animal Agriculture Afford the Same Risk. J Environ Qual. 45(2):618-29. doi: 10.2134/jeq2015.06.0297. PMID: 27065409 PMCID:
  • Liu J, Zhao Z, Orfe L, Subbiah M, Call DR. (2016) Soil-borne reservoirs of antibiotic-resistant bacteria are established following therapeutic treatment of dairy calves. Environ Microbiol. 18(2):557-64. doi: 10.1111/1462-2920.13097. PMID: 26486254 PMCID:
  • Sultana ST, Atci E, Babauta JT, Falghoush AM, Snekvik KR, Call DR, Beyenal H (2015) Electrochemical scaffold generates localized, low concentration of hydrogen peroxide that inhibits bacterial pathogens and biofilms Sci Rep 5 PMID: 26464174 PMCID: PMC4604468
  • Schubiger CB, Orfe LH, Sudheesh PS, Cain KD, Shah DH, Call DR. (2015) Entericidin is required for a probiotic treatment (Enterobacter sp. strain C6-6) to protect trout from cold-water disease challenge. Appl Environ Microbiol. 81(2):658-65. doi: 10.1128/AEM.02965-14. PMID: 25381243 PMCID: PMC4277587


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