Dr. Brandon Luedtke

Assistant Professor

Office: BHS 201E   |    Phone: (308) 865-8000   |    Email: luedtkebe@unk.edu

Dr. Brandon Luedtke


Advisor for Public Health Majors

Areas of Interest:

  • Microbial Pathogenesis
  • Molecular Assay Development


Professional Affiliations:


  • Luedtke, B.  2012.  Identification and analysis of Coxiella burnetii type IVB secretion system homologs secreted/released during infection and in vitro growth.  Ph.D. Dissertation, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, Oklahoma, 131 pp.


  • Nabb, D.L., Song, S., Kluthe, K.E., Daubert, T.A., Luedtke, B.E., Nuxoll, A.S.   2019.  Polymicrobial interactions induce multidrug tolerance in Staphylococcus aureus through energy depletion.  Frontiers in Microbiology 10(2803).
  • Luedtke, B.E., Shaffer, J.J., Monrroy, E., Willicott, C.W., and Bourret, T.J.  2019.  Molecular detection of spotted fever group Rickettsiae (Rickettsiales: Rickettsiaceae) in Dermacentor variabilis (Acari: Ixodidae) collected along the Platte River in south central Nebraska.  Journal of Medical Entomology  doi.org/10.1093/jme/tjz167
  • Bosilevac, J.M., Zhilyaev, S., Wang, R., Luedtke, B.E., Wheeler, T.L., and Koohmaraie, M.  2019.  Prevalence and characterization of Salmonella present during veal harvest.  Journal of Food Protection  82(5): 775-784.
  • Luedtke, B.E., Mahapatra, S., Lutter, E.I., and Shaw, E.I.  2017.  The Coxiella burnetii type IVB secretion system (T4BSS) component DotA is released/secreted during infection of host cells and during in vitro growth in a T4BSS-dependent manner.  Pathogens and Disease  doi: 10.1093/femspd/ftx047.
  • Luedtke, B.E., Bosilevac, J.M., Harhay, D.M., and Arthur, T.M.  2016.  Effect of direct-fed microbial dosage on the fecal concentrations of enterohemorrhagic Escherichia coli in Feedlot Cattle.  Foodborne Pathogens and Disease 13(4):190-195.
  • Luedtke, B.E. and Bosilevac, J.M.  2015.  Comparison of methods for the enumeration of enterohemorrhagic Escherichia coli from veal hides and carcasses.  Frontiers in Microbiology  doi: 10.3389/fmicb.2015.01062.
  • Luedtke, B.E., Bono, J.L., and Bosilevac, J.M.  2014.  Evaluation of real time PCR assays for the detection and enumeration of enterohemorrhagic Escherichia coli directly from cattle feces.  J Microbiol Methods 105:72-79.
  • Wang, R., Kalchayanand, N., King, D.A., Luedtke, B.E., Bosilevac, J.M., and Arthur, T.M.  2014.  Biofilm formation and sanitizer resistance may contribute to “high event” meat contamination by Escherichia coli O157:H7.  J Food Prot 77:1982-1987.
  • Wang, R., Koohmaraie, M., Luedtke, B.E., Wheeler, T., and Bosilevac, J.M.  2014.  Effects of in-plant interventions on reduction of enterohemorrhagic Escherichia coli and background indicator microorganisms on veal calf hides.  J Food Prot 77:745-751.
  • Youssef, N.H., Savage-Ashlock, K.N., McCully, A.L., Luedtke B., Shaw, E.I., Hoff, W.D., and Elshahed, M.S.  2014.  Trehalose/2-sulfotrehalose biosynthesis and glycine-betaine uptake are widely spread mechanisms for osmoadaptation in the Halobacteriales.  ISMEJ 8:636-649.
  • Morgan, J.K., Luedtke, B.E., Thompson, H.A., and Shaw, E.I.  2010.  Coxiella burnetii type IVB secretion system region I genes are expressed early during the infection of host cells.  FEMS Microbiol Lett 311:61-69.
  • Morgan, J.K., Luedtke, B.E., and Shaw, E.I.  2010.  Polar localization of the Coxiella burnetii type IVB secretion system.  FEMS Microbiol Lett 305:177-183.