|August 2021–Present||Postdoctoral Researcher, Joint Institute for Food Safety & Applied Nutrition (JIFSAN), University of Maryland. Supervisor: Dr. Jianghong Meng|
|July 2017–Present||Graduate Research Assistant, Metcalf Lab, Animal Sciences, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO. Supervisor: Dr. Jessica Metcalf|
|August 2015–June 2017||Graduate Research/Teaching Assistant, Food Microbiology Laboratory, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX Meat Science Quality Laboratory, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX. Supervisor: Dr. Jeff Savell|
|Summer, 2015||Quality Assurance Intern, Breeders and Packers Uruguay, Durazno, Uruguay|
|Summer, 2014||Quality Assurance Intern, Colorado Premium Beef, Greeley, CO|
|January 2013–August 2015||Undergraduate Research Assistant, CSU Center for Meat Safety and Quality, Fort Collins, CO|
|June 2011–May 2015||CSU Animal Reproduction and Biotechnology Laboratory, Fort Collins, CO|
|August 2021||Ph.D.: Animal Science (Certificate: Data Analysis), Colorado State University. Dissertation: The microbiome surrounding death and decay: microbial ecology of food processing, meat spoilage, and human decomposition environments|
|May 2017||Master of Science: Animal Science (Certificates: Food Safety, Meat Science), Texas A&M University. Thesis: Comparison of Salmonella presence in bovine lymph nodes across feeding stages|
|May 2015||Bachelor of Science: Animal Science, Colorado State University|
Awards and Honors
|2020–2021||CSU Vice President of Research Fellow|
|2020||CSU Graduate Student Showcase – Outstanding Animal Science Presentation|
|2020||CSU Three-Minute Thesis Competition – Award winner|
|2020||International Congress of Meat Science and Technology Research Competition – 1st place, PhD Division|
|2019||Reciprocal Meat Conference Graduate Research Competition – 1st place, PhD Division|
|2019||JBS-CSU Graduate Research Competition – 1st place, PhD Division|
|2016–2017||American Society for Microbiology Science Teaching Fellow|
|2016||Texas A&M Zerle Carpenter Outstanding Graduate Student in Meat Science|
|2015–2016||Texas A&M Excellence Fellow|
|2015||Bob Ondrusek Memorial Scholarship|
|2014||North American Meat Institute Scholarship Recipient|
|2014||CSU Outstanding Animal Science Senior|
|2012||CSU Outstanding Animal Science Sophomore|
- Belk, A.D., A.N. Frazier, I. Geornaras, R. Delmore, J.N. Martin, J.L. Metcalf. 2021. The microbiome of a newly constructed meat processing facility establishes over time by room function and microbial source. In prep.
- Belk, A.D., T. Duarte, C. Quinn, D.A. Coil, K.E. Belk, J.A. Eisen, J.C. Quinn, J.N. Martin, X. Yang, J.L. Metcalf. 2021. Air versus water chilling of chicken: a pilot study of quality, shelf-life, microbial ecology, and economics. mSystems. 6(2) e00912-20. DOI: 10.1128/mSystems.00912-20.
- Belk, A.D., H.L. Deel, Z.M. Burcham, R. Knight, D.O. Carter, J.L. Metcalf. 2019. Animal models for understanding microbial decomposition of human remains. Drug Discovery Today: Disease Models 28. DOI: doi.org/10.1016/j.ddmod.2019.08.013.
- Belk, A.D., Xu, Z.Z., Carter, D.O., Lynne, A., Bucheli, S., Knight, R., Metcalf, J.L. 2018. Microbiome data accurately predicts the postmortem interval using Random Forest regression models. Genes 9 (104). DOI: 10.3390/genes9020104.
- Belk, A.D., Arnold, A.N., Sawyer, J.D., Griffin, D.B., Taylor, T.M., Savell, J.W., Gehring, K.B. 2018. Comparison of Salmonella prevalence rates in bovine lymph nodes across feeding stages. J. Food Prot. 81(4):549-553. DOI: 10.4315/0362-028X.JFP-17-254. Contributing Author:
- Dillon MR, Bolyen E, Adamov A, A.D. Belk, Borsom E, Burcham Z, Debelius JW, Deel H, Emmons A, Estaki M, Herman C, Keefe CR, Morton JT, Oliveira RM, Sanchez A, Simard A, Vázquez-Baeza Y, Ziemski M, Miwa, HE, Kerere TA, Coote C, Bonneau R, Knight R, Oliveira G, Gopalasingam P, Kaehler PD, Cope EK, Metcalf JL, Robeson MS, Bokulich NA, Caporaso JG. 2021. Experience and lessons learned from two virtual, hands-on microbiome bioinformatics workshops. PLOS Comp Bio. In Review.
- Arnold, A. N., A. D. Belk, K. J. Nickelson, J. E. Sawyer, D. B. Griffin, T. M. Taylor, J. W. Savell, and K. B. Gehring. 2018. Impact of feeding stage, cattle source, and season on Salmonella prevalence in bovine lymph nodes. In, Proc. 64th International Congress of Meat Science and Technology, Melbourne, Australia.
- Weinroth, M. D., A. D. Belk, & K. E. Belk. History, Development, and Current Status of Food Safety Systems Worldwide. Animal Frontiers. 2018. 8(4) 9-15. DOI: 10.1093/af/vfy016.
- Twenter, H., A.D. Belk, K.M. Klohonatz, L. Bass, G.J. Bouma, J.E. Bruemmer. 2017. An investigation into miRNAs in the equine epididymis as potential regulators of spermatozoal maturation. J. Equine Vet Sci. 48:61-68. DOI: 10.1016/j.jevs.2016.07.023.
- Hergenreder, J., A. Cameron, K.M. Klohonatz, J. da Silveira, A.D. Belk, R. Veeramachaneni, G.J. Bouma, J.E. Bruemmer. 2016. Circulating miRNAs as potential alternative cell signaling associated with maternal recognition of pregnancy in the mare. Biol. Reprod. 95(6):124, 1-12. DOI:10.1095/biolreprod.116142935. Book Chapters:
- Deel, H., Bucheli, S., Belk, A., Ogden, S., Lynne, A., Carter, D. O., Knight, R., Metcalf, J. L. Using microbiome tools for estimating the postmortem interval. In B. Budowle (Eds.) Microbial Forensics. Submitted.
Her primary research interest is applying metagenomics and whole genome sequencing methods to better understand microbial communities associated with foods and surface water. Currently, she’s investigating the microbial communities in waters used in produce production and their associations with the presence of Salmonella enterica and other pathogens to improve food safety traceability.