Rebecca Kanenaka

Department of Tropical Medicine, Medical Microbiology and Pharmacology
John A. Burns School of Medicine, University of Hawaii at Manoa
651 Ilalo Street, Bioscience Building 320
Honolulu, Hawaii 96813

Personal Statement
Volunteering in a public health laboratory during my high school years sparked my interest in public health.  I always had a desire to learn more about the immunopathogenicity of infectious diseases.  The goal was full-filled by being accepted in the Department of Tropical Medicine, Medical Microbiology and Pharmacology.  My research interest is investigating how campylobacter causes diarrhea.  My skills and experiences include applied and molecular microbiology techniques, mapping with Arc-GIS, and SPSS.  I am a registered microbiologist [RM].  I also have a Hawaii clinical laboratory specialist and a Hawaii clinical laboratory director license.

Colorado State University.  B.S., 1980 – Microbiology, Immunology and Pathology
University of Hawaii at Manoa.  M.S., 2001 – Microbiology
University of Hawaii at Manoa. M.S. candidate, 2012 – present-Tropical Medicine

1980-1981 – Food microbiologist, Foster Farms, California
1981-1986 – Microbiologist III, Kauai Department of Health
1981-1987 – Microbiologist III, Hawaii State Department of Health
1987-2001 – Microbiologist IV, Hawaii State Department of Health
2001-2010 – Foodborne Disease Surveillance and Response Coordinator, Hawaii State Department of Health
2010-present – APHL Microbiologist, Hawaii State Department of Health

Selected publications
Mohle-Boetani JC, Farrar J, Bradley P, Barak, JD, Miller M, Mandrell R., Mead P, Keene W., Cummings K, Abbott S, Werner S., Effler P, Kanenaka R, Beckett G, Gunderman-King J, Bodager D, Hammond R, Toth B, Walsh D, Mulla Z, Isaacs S, Honish L, Harvey E, van Duynhoven Y.  Investigation Team. (2009). Salmonella infections associated with mung bean sprouts: epidemiological and environmental investigations. Epidemiolo Infect. 137:357-366.

Gaynor K, Park SY, Kanenaka R, Colindres R, Mintz E, Ram PK, Kitsutani P, Nakata M, Wedel S, Boxrud D, Jennings D,  Yoshida H, Tosaka N,  He H, Ching-Lee M, Effler PV. (2009). International outbreak of Shigella sonnei infection in airline passengers. Epidemiol Infect 137:335-41.

Burr R, Effler P, Kanenaka R, Nakata M,  Holland B, Angulo FJ. (2005). Emergence of Salmonella serotype Enteritidis phage type 4 in Hawaii traced to locally-produced eggs. J Infec Dis 9:340-346.

Erdem G, Ford J, Kanenaka RY, Abe L, Yamaga K, Effler P. (2005). Molecular epidemiologic comparison of two group A streptococcal necrotizing fasciitis community clusters in Hawaii. Clin Infect Dis 40:1851-4.