Smriti Shringi will prepare veterinary and graduate students to solve the complex challenges our world faces using One Health principles.
Smriti Shringi's teaching, research and life revolves around improving the conditions of three critical pillars: human, animal and ecosystem health. This is a concept known as One Health.
Shringi now brings this passion to Texas Tech University's School of Veterinary Medicine as an assistant professor of microbiology. She will use her skills and knowledge of veterinary science, microbiology, diagnostics and vaccines to teach and engage the next generation of veterinary and graduate students with a one health mindset.
“In this position, I hope to learn about the challenges faced by local, rural and regional communities engaged in food animal production, veterinary practitioners and wildlife,” Shringi said. “I want to help find a practical solution to their problems and disseminate the knowledge and skills I have gained over the years to the next generation of veterinarians and aspiring scientists.”
Shringi brings more than 15 years of academic and industry experience to assist in the school's research and graduate training program by focusing on the development of diagnostics and surveillance tools and vaccines.
She also aims to develop a teaching model to train veterinary and graduate students in hypothesis-based research and evidence-based decision-making within the areas of animal infectious diseases and one health.
“So many questions can be better answered with a broader One Health world view,” said Guy Loneragan, dean of the School of Veterinary Medicine. “These questions can be global such as the COVID pandemic, or local such as considering the built environment and opportunities to enhance pet and owner health. Our School is so fortunate to have Dr. Shringi join us. Her research and teaching will help our students, our School and our regional advance in many ways.”
Shringi has had a distinguished career, but one notable moment was during her doctoral studies at Washington State University. She made new discoveries in epidemiology and pathogenesis of zoonotic pathogens, such E. coli among U.S. cattle and human populations.
Before joining Texas Tech, Shringi served as a research development scientist for VMRD, Inc., where she developed rapid and high throughput diagnostics for viral infectious diseases of domestic and wild animals. In addition, she served as an assistant research professor at Washington State.
“I am excited to have Dr. Shringi joining the research team to address the complexity of multi-drug resistant Salmonella genetic lineages and unravel evolutionary trajectories of antimicrobial resistance,” said Thu ‘Annelise' Nguyen, associate dean for research and professor of toxicology."