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

CFAH research is helping veterinarians and health officials to get 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.

SARS-CoV-2 and COVID-19

The faculty in CFAH includes coronavirus experts who are working to develop vaccines and diagnostics for SARS-CoV-2.



  1. Congratulations to our CFAH Summer Commencement graduate - Dr. Xiaoyu Niu!

    Aug 16, 2022

    Xiaoyu Niu, advised by Dr. Qiuhong Wang, received his Ph.D. from the Department of Veterinary Preventive Medicine – College of Veterinary Medicine after successfully defending his dissertation titled “Study towards the development of effective and safe live attenuated PEDV vaccines” on July 8th 2022. He has accepted a post-doctoral position in Dr. Ralph Baric’s lab at the University of North Carolina.

  2. CFAH Graduate Students Receive Travel Awards

    Aug 16, 2022

    Congratulations to Diana Cruz-Pulido (Kenney lab), Mingde Liu (Wang lab), and Bindu Adhikari (Vlasova lab) on receiving the 2022 Dr. Redman and Center for Food Animal Health Graduate Student and Postdoctoral Travel Award to attend a professional meeting.

  3. Kush Yadav Receives Spring 2022 Infectious Diseases Institute Trainee Enrichment Award

    Jul 5, 2022

    Congratulations to Kush Yadav, doctoral candidate in Dr. Kenney's lab, on receiving the Spring 2022 Infectious Diseases Institute (IDI) Trainee Enrichment Award.