Welcome to the Center for Food Animal Health. Our center focuses on enhancing food safety, protecting the environment, and making animals and people healthier. Our areas of expertise are highlighted below

Animal Disease

A dedicated and experienced staff performs a full range of diagnostic testing services that arm veterinarians and health officials with the information they need to protect and improve animal and therefore, human health.

Zoonoses and Food Safety

Pathogenic micro-organisms such as bacteria, viruses and parasites are contracted by consuming contaminated food or drinking water. The risks are present from farm to fork and require prevention and control throughout the food chain.

Animal Models

Animal models of human disease have been used to find pathways of normal function, identify abnormalities leading to disease, and develop diagnostics and therapy. Better models of human disease result in more efficient drug discovery.


CFAH offers top-notch graduate programs of study. Our exceptional faculty provide students with excellent classroom instruction and exciting, hands-on opportunities for basic and applied research in the field.



  1. Congratulations to Xiaoyu Niu and Kush Yadav!

    Dec 8, 2020

    Congratulations to Xiaoyu Niu and Kush Yadav for receiving student awards at CRWAD 2020

    Xiaoyu Niu received the Lynn Joens Memorial Award - 1st Place for his presentation Mutation in the exoribonuclease of porcine epidemic diarrhea virus causes high genetic instability.

    Kush Yadav received the Lynn Joens Memorial Award - 2nd Place for his presentation Ectopic expression of genotype-1 Hepatitis E virus ORF4 increases genotype-3 HEV viral replication in cell culture

  2. Linda Saif named COVID-19 Superhero

    Oct 22, 2020

    MediFind has published their report “Beyond Fauci: Meet the Science Superheroes Leading the U.S. COVID-19 Response.” In it, they honor Linda Saif and nine other scientists who have lead the charge against COVID-19.

  3. Ohio State to study impact of COVID-19

    Sep 29, 2020

    The university has been awarded a $10 million grant from the National Cancer Institute to study the long-term, longitudinal impact of COVID-19 on first responders, health care workers and the general population. The award will fund the Center for Serological Testing to Improve Outcomes from Pandemic COVID-19 (STOP-COVID), a new Serological Sciences Center of Excellence. Center co-investigators include FAHRP's Linda Saif and Anastasia Vlasova.