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 Kush and Menuka!

    Oct 11, 2021

    Congratulations to Kush Kumar Yadav (Kenney Lab) and Menuka Bhandari (Rajashekara Lab) for receiving the Agricultural Science and Technology (CAST) https://www.cast-science.org/ communication scholarship. Kush and Menuka are two of the 10 recipients of this scholarship. As a part of this scholarship, they will be attending the CAST exclusive annual meeting held on the OSU Columbus campus from October 26-28.

  2. CFAH at Farm Science Review

    Sep 30, 2021

    CFAH members travelled to London, OH last week for the 2021 Farm Science Review where we talked with people about how vaccines work. Kids also got to play the famous "Stamp Out Disease" game. A fun and informative time was had by all!

  3. 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!