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. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. Congratulations to Dr. Amir Ghorbani!

    Aug 5, 2020

    The American Association of Avian Pathologists annually selects an outstanding student to be the recipient of the Reed Rumsey Student Award for Advancement of Avian Medicine. Dr. Amir Ghorbani, a graduate student in Dr. Lee's Laboratoy in FAHRP, was this year's winner of the Reed Rumsey Student Award for basic research in avian medicine. Dr. Ghorbani received his veterinary degree in 2012 from the Islamic Azad University, Karaj Branch in Iran. His presentation was titled "Development of Next-generation  Live Attenuated Influenza Vaccines with Elite Interferon-inducing Capabilities."