Rodney Moxley

Dr. Rodney Moxley


Charles Bessey Professor

School of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences
VBS 136
Lincoln, NE 68583-0905

Phone: (402) 472-8460
Fax: (402) 472-9690



Dr. Rodney Moxley is a Charles Bessey Professor in the School of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He obtained his DVM in 1978 and his PhD in Pathology in 1983, both from the University of Missouri-Columbia.


Dr. Moxley teaches VMED 642 Veterinary General, Cellular and Molecular Pathology. This is a course in the Professional Program in Veterinary Medicine with Iowa State University taken by second-semester VM1 students.


Dr. Moxley is the Project Director of the Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli (STEC) Coordinated Agricultural Project (STEC-CAP) funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, National Institute of Food and Agriculture which has a long-term goal to reduce the occurrence and public health risks from STEC O26, O45, O103, O111, O121, O145, and O157:H7 in beef using a quantitative microbial risk assessment platform. Research in his laboratory addresses the detection, prevention and control of STEC in cattle and beef. He also has projects that focus on the pathogenesis of enterotoxigenic E. coli (ETEC) infections of swine.

Recent Publications

  1. Vogstad, A. R., R. A. Moxley, G. E. Erickson, T. J. Klopfenstein, and D. R. Smith. 2014. Stochastic simulation model comparing distributions of STEC O157 fecal shedding prevalence between cattle vaccinated with type III secreted vaccines and non-vaccinated cattle. Zoonoses and Public Health 61:283-289.
  2. Moxley, R. A., and G. R. Acuff. 2014. Peri- and post-harvest factors in the control of Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli in beef. Microbiology Spectrum 2(6):EHEC-0017-2013.
  3. Wijemanne, P., and R. A. Moxley. 2014. Glucose significantly enhances enterotoxigenic Escherichia coli adherence to intestinal epithelial cells through its effects on heat-labile enterotoxin production. PLoS One 9:e113230.
  4. Wijemanne, P., J. Xing, E. M. Berberov, D. B. Marx, D. H. Francis, and R. A. Moxley. 2015. Relationship between heat-labile enterotoxin secretion capacity and virulence in wild type porcine-origin enterotoxigenic Escherichia coli strains. PLoS One 10:e0117663
  5. Stromberg, Z. R., G. L. Lewis, D. B. Marx, and R. A. Moxley. 2015. Comparison of enrichment broths for supporting growth of Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli. Current Microbiology 71:214-219.
  6. Stromberg, Z. R., N. Baumann, G. L. Lewis, N. Sevart, N. Cernicchiaro, D. G. Renter, D. B. Marx, R. K. Phebus, and R. A. Moxley. 2015. Prevalence of enterohemorrhagic Escherichia coli O26, O45, O103, O111, O121, O145, and O157 on hides and carcass surfaces of beef feedlot cattle at harvest. Foodborne Pathogens and Disease 12:631-638.
  7. Stromberg, L. R., Z. R. Stromberg, A. Banisadr, S. W. Graves, R. A. Moxley, and H. Mukundan. 2015. Purification and characterization of lipopolysaccharides from six strains of non-O157 Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli. Journal of Microbiological Methods 116:1-7.
  8. Moxley, R. A., Z. R. Stromberg, G. L. Lewis, J. D. Loy, B. W. Brodersen, I. R. Patel, and J. Gangiredla. 2015. Hemorrhagic colitis associated with enterohemorrhagic Escherichia coli O165:H25 infection in a yearling feedlot heifer. JMM Case Reports 2:1-6. doi:10.1099/jmmcr.0.005004.
  9. Stromberg, Z. R., G. L. Lewis, S. S. Aly, T. W. Lehenbauer, J. M. Bosilevac, N. Cernicchiaro, and R. A. Moxley. 2016. Prevalence and level of enterohemorrhagic Escherichia coli in culled dairy cows at harvest. Journal of Food Protection 79:421-431.
  10. Chopyk, J., R. M. Moore, Z. DiSpirito, Z. R. Stromberg, G. L. Lewis, D. G. Renter, N. Cernicchiaro, R. A. Moxley, and K. E. Wommack. 2016. Presence of pathogenic Escherichia coli is correlated with bacterial community diversity and composition on pre-harvest cattle hides. Microbiome 4:9.
  11. Stromberg, Z. R., G. L. Lewis, and R. A. Moxley. 2016. Comparison of agar media for the detection and quantification of Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli in cattle feces. Journal of Food Protection 79:939-949.
  12. Stromberg, L. R., N. W. Hengartner, K. L. Swingle, R. A. Moxley, S. W. Graves, G. A. Montaño, and H. Mukundan. 2016. Membrane insertion for the detection of lipopolysaccharides: exploring the dynamics of amphiphile-in-lipid assays. PLoS One 11(5):e0156295.
  13. Woods, T. A., H. M. Mendez, S. Ortega, X. Shi, D. Marx, J. Bai, R. A. Moxley, T. G. Nagaraja, S. Graves, and A. Deshpande. 2016. Development of 11-plex MOL-PCR assay for the rapid screening of samples for Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli. Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology 6:92.
  14. Moxley, R. A., D. H. Francis, M. Tamura, D. B. Marx, K. Santiago-Mateo, and M. Zhao. 2017. Efficacy of urtoxazumab (TMA-15 humanized monoclonal antibody specific for Shiga toxin-2) against post-diarrheal sequelae caused by Escherichia coli O157:H7 infection in the gnotobiotic piglet model. Toxins 9:49.