Welcome to the Food Animal Health Research Program. Our program 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.


FAHRP 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 Dr. Juliette Hanson and PAAR team.

    Mar 20, 2019

    Congratulations to Dr. Juliette Hanson and the PAAR Team for being selected for this year’s “Group Excellence in Safety Award” by the University Laboratory Safety Committee.

  2. Congratulations to Dipak Kathayat

    Mar 18, 2019

    FAHRP graduate student Dipak Kathayat has been awarded funding by SEEDS: The CFAES Research Competitive Grants Program for his proposal entitled: “Antimicrobial peptides as an alternative to antibiotics to control avian pathogenic Escherichia coli (APEC) infection in poultry”. Dr. Gireesh Rajashekara is his advisor.

  3. Congratulations to Mahesh KC

    Mar 12, 2019

    FAHRP graduate student Mahesh KC received the “Ben Pomeroy Award for Best Student Oral Presentation” at the 70th North Central Avian Disease Conference, Minneapolis, MN this week. His presentation was entitles entitled “Understanding toll-like receptor 3 mediated immune responses in chicken and quail fibroblast cell lines using knockout model”. Dr. C.W. Lee is his advisor.

    Congratulations KC!