Winston, Jenessa

Dr. Jenessa Winston is an Assistant Professor at the Ohio State University. She received a Bachelor of Science in Integrated Biology from University of Florida in 2007. She then received her veterinary degree from the North Carolina State University in 2011. She went on to complete a rotating small animal internship and residency training in small animal internal medicine at NC State achieving board certification, as a diplomate in the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine, in 2015. As a Clinical Investigator and NIH T32 fellow at NC State, Dr. Winston completed a PhD in Comparative Biomedical Sciences with an Infectious Disease concentration in 2019. Her dissertation focused on defining the dynamics between the gut microbiota, microbial derived secondary bile acid ursodeoxycholic acid, and Clostridioides difficile pathogenesis.

As a clinician scientist, Dr. Winston’s primary research areas of interest include microbe-host interactions during health and disease. She has a special interest in microbially derived bile acids and rational manipulation of microbial ecosystems including interventions such as fecal microbiota transplantation (FMT). Since starting at the OSU, Dr. Winston has launched the Companion Animal Fecal Bank, which serves as a unique research platform to accelerate our study and translation of microbial community sciences into safe and effective clinical applications. Currently, there are 4 ongoing veterinary FMT clinical trials. Dr. Winston is also a NIH NIAID K08 award recipient and her research focuses on the impact of inflammation induced alterations to microbially derived bile acids on susceptibility and severity of Clostridioides difficile infection.