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Trenna Blagden

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Trenna Blagden
Assistant Research Scientist
Microbial forensics, food safety, biosafety and regulatory issues


  • B.S., Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, Animal Sci., Magna cum Laude
  • M.Sc., Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, Food Science
  • Ph.D., Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, Food Science



While completing her Ph.D. degree under Dr. Stanley Gilliland, Dr. Blagden worked as Oklahoma State University’s Biological Safety Officer overseeing compliance of the select agent program and all BSL2 laboratories.  In 2009, Dr. Blagden served as an Adjunct Faculty teaching the Food Microbiology course in the Animal Science Department at OSU before accepting a Post-Doctoral Fellow position with NIMFFAB in 2010.  Upon completion of her post-doc work in 2013, Dr. Blagden accepted a non-tenured faculty position within NIMFFAB as an Assistant Research Scientist.

Dr. Blagden’s current research interests include 1) development and validation of microbial forensic assays for detection and trace back of foodborne pathogens and high consequence plant pathogens, 2) genomic studies in both insect vectors and plant pathogens, and 3) genomic and microbiological studies related to probiotics and their use.