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. CFAH welcomes eight undergraduate students for the summer

    May 20, 2022

    CFAH is excited to welcome eight undergraduate students to the department for the summer. These eight students will be joining us as student assistants and summer interns.

    Gourapura lab

  2. Congratulations to our CFAH Spring Commencement graduates!

    May 10, 2022

    On May 8th, two of CFAH’s own received their degrees from The Ohio State University along with 12,439 of their fellow graduates.


  3. Triway Junior High School students learn about virology through Dr. Kenney’s Pathogen Punishers Outreach and Extension Program

    May 9, 2022

    On May 6th, Dr. Scott Kenney and Kush Kumar Yadav shared the career of virology with Triway Junior High School students via Dr. Kenney’s Pathogen Punishers Outreach and Extension Program. Together they presented “Ask a Virologist” and “Microbes Make the World Go ‘round” to over 250 Junior High students. This program helps introduce students to a career in virology with aspects pertaining to agriculture and One Health. Dr.