Dr. Margaret Khaitsa

Dr. Margaret Khaitsa

Department

  • Extension
  • Pathobiology and Population Medicine

Titles

  • Professor
  • Margaret Khaitsa

Contacts

mkhaitsa@cvm.msstate.edu
Office: (662) 325-1365
L4014

Overview

Summary:

Dr. Khaitsa is a Professor of Veterinary Epidemiology at the College of Veterinary Medicine, Mississippi State University (MSU) with duties focused on international veterinary medicine and One Health. She graduated from Makerere University, Uganda (Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine), University of Edinburgh, UK (Msc. Tropical Veterinary Medicine), and The Ohio State University (Ph. D Veterinary Preventive Medicine). She worked at North Dakota State University (NDSU) as Assistant and Associate Professor, Epidemiology (2003-2013). She is Board certified by the American College of Veterinary Preventive Medicine; has taught epidemiology and conducted research in infectious disease epidemiology and food safety; and coordinated a summer study abroad course in Uganda (Tropical Veterinary Medicine & One Health) in collaboration with Makerere University. She served as the U.S. Partnership Director of a USAID funded Project with Makerere University on “Capacity Building in Integrated Management of Transboundary Animal Diseases & Zoonoses (CIMTRADZ)” in East & Central Africa. In addition, Dr. Khaitsa served as Program Director of an MS degree in International Infectious Disease Management. She has published over 70 peer reviewed publications, a book chapter In: Salmonella-A Dangerous Pathogen and numerous proceedings and presentations at national and international conferences. She has received several awards including The Tapestry of Diverse Talents Award (NDSU, 2009); the Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship, (2014 & 2017); The 2017 MSU President's Commission on the Status of Women Faculty Award; 2017 Outstanding Faculty Woman Award; and Fulbright Fellowship Program Award, 2020/2021. Dr. Khaitsa served on Training and Workforce Development technical working group on review of WHO/FAO/OIE Tripartite Zoonoses Guide, 2017. She founded Higher Education Resource Services, East Africa in 2014 (www.HERSEA.org), a non-governmental organization (NGO) offering leadership & management skills to women. Also, Dr. Khaitsa was one of the founders of North America Masaba Cultural Association (NAMCA), an NGO incorporated in 2001 to promote Masaba culture, and improve the lives of Bamasaba peoples in North America and Uganda.

Education:

  • Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.), Veterinary Medicine, Ohio State University, The, 1999
  • Master of Science (M.S.), Veterinary Medicine, University of Edinburgh, 1987
  • Bachelor of Science (B.S.), Veterinary Medicine, Makerere University, 1982

Research interests:

Epidemiology of zoonoses particularly Neglected Tropical Diseases; Food safety; Transboundary Animal Diseases; Food security and Women Empowerment

Publications

Extension Publication

  • Antimicrobial Resistance and Poultry Production in Developing Countries. MSU Extension Service. 2021
  • Poultry Industry Grows Across East Africa, but Challenges Remain. MSU Extension Service. 2021
  • Poultry production in Africa: Impacts of climate change. MSU Extension Service. 2021
  • Gender issues in ag Extension programming in sub-Saharan Africa.. MSU Extension Service. 2021
  • Improved biosecurity and Extension programming can benefit African chicken production. MSU Extension Service. 2021
  • Poultry Extension Personnel Needed across East Africa. MSU Extension Service. 2020
  • Importance of indigenous chickens to rural African communities. MSU Extension. 2019
  • Smallholder farmer constraints to village chicken production. MSU Extension. 2019
  • Village Chicken Production in Rural Africa. MSU Extension. 2018

Journal Article

  • Genetic and phenotypic characterization of the bla(CMY) gene from Escherichia coli and Salmonella enterica isolated from food-producing animals, humans, the environment, and retail meat.. Foodborne pathogens and disease. Volume 6, Issue 10, Pages 1235-40. 2009

Presentations

Oral Presentation

  • "Assessing Empowerment of Ugandan Small-holder women poultry farmers using The Women's Empowerment in Agriculture Index (WEAI). ." The 101th Annual Conference of Research Workers in Animal Diseases, Mississippi State University, Virtual. 2020
  • "Women Empowering Women in East Africa: a sustainable human capacity development model for developing leadership and management in higher education institutions." The 20th Engagement Scholarship Consortium (ESC) Annual Conference, Mississippi State University, Philadelphia, PA . 2020
  • "Women Empowering Women through Entrepreneurship." American Association of Family & Consumer Sciences, Mississippi State University, St. Louis, Missouri. 2019
  • "Women Empowering Women in East Africa: a sustainable human capacity development model for developing leadership and management in HEIs. ." Engaged Scholarship Consortium Conference , National Strategic Planning and Analysis Research Center , Denver. 2019
  • "Sperm Quality Using Nanotechnology as a Model for Wild Species." International Embryo Technology Society, Reproduction, Fertility and Development, New Orleans. 2019

Poster

  • "Assessing Empowerment of Ugandan Small-holder women poultry farmers using WEAI." Engaged Scholarship Consortium , National Strategic Planning and Analysis Research , Denver. 2019
  • "Development of HERSpad Reusable Sanitary Pads Using the Human-Centered Design." Engaged Scholarship Consortium Conference , National Strategic Planning and Analysis Research Center , Denver. 2019
  • "Improvement of cat and bull sperm quality using nanotechnology as a model for wild species." International Embryo Technology Society, Reproduction, Fertility and Development, New Orleans. 2018

Areas of Expertise

Veterinary Epidemiology Veterinary Preventive Medicine Food Safety Human and Institutional Capacity Development International Collaborations.