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Chanelle Acheamfour, Ph.D.

Chanelle Acheamfour

Associate Professor

Emailcacheamfour [at] desu.edu


  • B.S., University of Maryland Eastern Shore, 2001
  • M.S., University of Maryland Eastern Shore, 2005
  • Ph.D., University of Maryland Eastern Shore, 2021

Research Interests

My research focuses on understanding transmission, survival, and risks associated with foodborne microbes, as well as methods of inactivating these organisms.

Research Expertise

  • Microbial Food Safety
  • Water Quality
  • Project Management
  • Grant Writing

Selected Publications

  • Acheamfour C.L., S. Parveen, A. Gutierrez, E.T. Handy, S. Behal, D. Kim, S. Kim, C. East, R. Xiong, J.R. Haymaker, S.A. Micallef, R.E. Rosenberg Goldstein, K.E. Kniel, A.R Sapkota, F, Hashem, M. Sharma. 2024. Detection of Salmonella enterica and Listeria monocytogenes in alternative irrigation water by culture and qPCR-based methods in the Mid-Atlantic U.S. Microbiology Spectrum. doi: 10.1128/spectrum.03536-23. E publication ahead of print.
  • Acheamfour, C.L., S. Parveen, F.M. Hashem, M. Sharma, M.E. Gerdes, E.B. May, K. Rogers, J.R. Haymaker, R. Duncan, D. Foust, M. Taabodi, E.T. Handy, C. East, R. Bradshaw, S. Kim, S. A. Micallef, M.T. Callahan, S. Allard, B. Anderson-Coughlin, S.A. Craighead, S.R. Gartley, A. Vanore, K.E. Kniel, S. Solaiman, A. Bui, R. Murray, H.A. Craddock, P. Kulkarni, R.E. Rosenberg Goldstein, A.R. Sapkota. 2021. Levels of Salmonella enterica and Listeria monocytogenes in alternative irrigation water vary based on water source on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. Microbiology Spectrum. 9: e00669-21.
  • Anderson-Coughlin, B.L., S. Craighead, A. Kelly, S. Gartley, A. Vanore, G. Johnson, C. Jiang, J. Haymaker, C. White, D. Foust, R. Duncan, C. East, E.T. Handy, R. Bradshaw, R. Murray, P. Kulkarni, M.T. Callahan, S. Solaiman, W. Betancourt, C. Gerba, S. Allard, S. Parveen, F. Hashem, S.A. Micallef, A. Sapkota, A.R. Sapkota, M. Sharma, K.E. Kniel. 2021. Enteric Viruses and Pepper Mild Mottle Virus show significant correlation in select Mid-Atlantic Agricultural Waters. Applied and Environmental Microbiology. 87:13: e00211-21.
  • Sharma, M., E. T. Handy, C.L. East, S. Kim, C. Jiang, M.T. Callahan, S. Allard, S. Micallef, S. Craighead, B. Anderson, S. Gartley, A. Vanore, K.E. Kniel, J. Haymaker, R. Duncan, C. White, F. Hashem, S. Parveen, E. May, H. Craddock, R.T. Murray, A.R. Sapkota. 2020. Prevalence of Salmonella spp. and Listeria monocytogenes in non-traditional irrigation waters in the Mid-Atlantic United States is affected by water type, season, and recovery method PLoS One. 15: e0229365.
  • Haymaker, J., M. Sharma, S. Parveen, F. Hashem, E. B. May, E. T. Handy, C. White, C. East, R. Bradshaw, S. A. Micallef, M. T. Callahan, S. Allard, B. Anderson, S. Craighead, S. Gartley, A. Vanore, K. E. Kniel, S. Solaiman, A. Bui, R. Murray, H. A. Craddock, P. Kulkarni, D. Foust, R. Duncan, M. Taabodi, A. R. Sapkota. 2019. Prevalence of Shiga-toxigenic and atypical enteropathogenic Escherichia coli in untreated surface water and reclaimed water in the Mid-Atlantic US. Environmental research. 172: 630-636.
  • Parveen, S., M. Jahncke, S. Elmahdi, H. Crocker, J. Bowers, C. White, S. Gray, A. C. Morris, K. Brohawn. 2017. High salinity relaying to reduce Vibrio parahaemolyticus and Vibrio vulnificus in Chesapeake Bay oysters (Crassostrea virginica). Journal of Food Science. 82:484-491.
  • Parveen, S., C. White, and M.L. Tamplin. 2017. A predictive model for the growth of Listeria monocytogenes in commercial blue crab (Callinectes sapidus). Journal of Food Protection. 80:1872-1876.
  • Sharma, M., G. Dashiell, E.T. Handy, C. East, R. Reynnells, C. White, E. Nyarko, S. Micallef, F. Hashem, P.D. Millner. 2017. Survival of Salmonella Newport on whole and fresh-cut cucumbers treated with lytic bacteriophages. Journal of Food Protection. 80:668-673.


  • Interdisciplinary Health Equity Research Center Pilot Grant, PI, $100,000, Salmonella enterica serovar diversity, distribution, and prevalence in irrigation water in Delaware.