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 Yosra Helmy!

    Jun 30, 2021

    CFAH's Dr. Yosra Helmy is the recipient of the World Microbe Forum Outstanding Poster Award in the Novel approaches: Diagnostics/discovery and non-traditional therapies to combat drug resistant infections division.

    Her poster is titled: Probiotic Escherichia coli Nissle 1917 (EcN) (free and chitosan-microencapsulated) reduces Campylobacter jejuni colonization in chickens

    Her advisor is Dr. Gireesh Rajashekara

    Congratulations Yosra!

  2. New human coronavirus that originated in dogs identified

    May 20, 2021

    New human coronavirus identified

    Researchers say discovery shows need to monitor animal viruses

    OSU News story featuring CFAH's Anastasia Vlasova

  3. Congratulations to Kush Kumar Yadav!

    May 7, 2021

     Congratulations to Kush Kumar Yadav (far right in picture) for receiving the Trainee Short Talk Award at the 2021 IDI Virtual 3rd Annual Meeting. The title of his presentation: Placental Lactogen Enhances Hepatitis E Virus Replication. He is one of the two recipients of the Trainee Short Talk Award. Kush's advisor is Dr. Scott Kenney.