Scott Kenney, PhD

Scott Kenney, PhD
Assistant Professor
FTE: 25% Extension, 75% Research
Office: 
Food Animal Health Building, CFAES Wooster
Phone: 
(330) 263-3747 - office, (330)263-3617 - lab (Pounden Hall)
Fax: 
(330) 263-3677
Degree Information: 
B.S. Microbiology & Immunology, Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine (2002)
Ph.D. Animal Bioscience, Pennsylvania State University (2008)
Specialization: 
Positive stranded RNA viruses, Hepatitis E virus, PRRSV, Porcine delta coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2
Additional Information: 

Areas of Expertise

  • Molecular Virology
  • Emerging Infectious Diseases
  • Vaccine Development
  • Hepatitis E Virus
  • Porcine Diseases 
  • Reverse Genetic Systems
  • Zoonosis

Research Focus: The focus of my research program is molecular virology of emerging viruses with specific emphasis on zoonotic pathogens.  Currently my research program works on SARS-CoV-2, porcine deltacoronavirus, hepatitis E virus, African swine fever virus, porcine reproductive respiratory syndrome virus, and others.  We take an in vitro to in vivo approach to understanding how viruses interact with their host species to devise ways to prevent and treat the spread of these diseases.  We use molecular techniques to genetically alter viruses in the lab environment and depending on the results can place these viruses into their cognate host species to observe the effects during actual infection.  We have worked with animal models including pigs, chickens, turkeys, ducks, cows, hamsters, rabbits, mice, and ferrets.  Our current USDA NIFA grant is utilizing genomic CRISPR knockout and functional bioinformatic approaches to understanding cross species transmission of coronaviruses in swine.  We have additional collaborative projects evaluating nanoparticle and other vaccine platforms for SARS-CoV-2 and African swine fever. 

I have several small outreach and extension programs teaching youth about microbes which I am looking to expand to constituents possibly through educational booths at differing animal events.  We are always open to new collaborations and to fill in wherever needed in teaching, research, or outreach.