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. Dr. Aradhya Gourapura appointed CFAH Director

    Jul 14, 2023

    Congratulations to CFAH Professor Dr. Aradhya Gourapura on his appointment as the Director of OSU CFAES's Center for Food Animal Health. For the past two years, Dr. Gourapura has offered his leadership to CFAH as the interim chair, his permanent Director position began July 1, 2023. The initial appointment will be for two years which was done to align with the first application for renewal of CFAH that will take place late in 2024 or early in 2025.

    We look forward to working with Dr. Gourapura for the continued success of CFAH.

  2. Carolyn Lee recognized as a Real Pork Scholar by the National Pork Board

    Jul 6, 2023

    Congratulations to Carolyn Lee, PhD Candidate, on being awarded a Real Pork Scholar Fellowship by the National Pork Board.

  3. CFAH Faculty Promotion and Tenure Approvals 2023

    Jun 12, 2023

    Recently many Ohio State faculty members had a reason to celebrate as the Board of Trustees approved promotion and tenure recommendations for selected Buckeye faculty. Each has excelled in the areas of teaching, research and creative accomplishments, and service. Executive Vice President and Provost Melissa L. Gilliam and the Office of Academic Affairs are proud to recognize these achievements and contributions to the university. Congratulations to our CFAH faculty members who received promotion and tenure: