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Center for Food Animal Health

CFAES Wooster



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. Kush Yadav receives first prize at the 2024 CVM Research Day

    Apr 8, 2024

    Congratulations to Kush Yadav for winning first prize in the Epidemiology & Applied Research category for his poster presentation entitled, “Infectious Hepatitis E Virus in the Sperm Head" at the 2024 College of Veterinary Medicine Research Day.

  2. 2024 National Graduate and Professional Student Appreciation Week

    Apr 2, 2024

    This week The Ohio State University is celebrating National Graduate and Professional Student Appreciation Week. CFAH and the Graduate School thank all graduate and professional students for their dedication, hard work, global impact and numerous contributions, large and small, to make The Ohio State University community greater. We understand and appreciate the commitment each of our hardworking graduate students have made to complete a graduate degree.

    Thank you to all of our very dedicated CFAH graduate students!

  3. Menuka Bhandari receives Internal Grant Award

    Apr 2, 2024

    Congratulations to Menuka Bhandari (advised by Gireesh Rajashekara) on receiving a $5000 Internal Grant Program award for her proposal titled Enhancing the activity of the novel antimicrobial peptides (PN3 and PN5).