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. Raksha Suresh and Kush Yadav Awarded CFAES Internal Grants

    Mar 17, 2023

    Congratulations to Raksha Suresh and Kush Yadav on being awarded CFAES Internal Grants to support their research. The CFAES Internal Grants Program (IGP) Graduate Competition is a unique funding opportunity for CFAES graduate students and is designed to accomplish the following objectives:

  2. Kush Yadav publishes review titled "Extrahepatic Replication Sites of Hepatitis E Virus (HEV)"

    Mar 15, 2023

    Kush Yadav, Ph.D candidate, and advisor Dr. Scott Kenney, publish a scientic review on MDPI titled "Extrahepatic Replication Sites of Hepatitis E Virus (HEV)". The review summarizes how extrahepatic replication sites will help in designing treatment regimens and selection of samples for screening of hepatitis E viruses in cases of sporadic outbreaks.

    To access the review visit - https://www.mdpi.com/2813-0227/3/1/7

  3. Kenney and Gourapura labs collaboratively publish paper in the Journal of Nanobiotechnology

    Mar 2, 2023

    Recently Dr. Kenney, Dr. Gourapura, and their staff and students collaboratively published a paper in the Journal of Nanobiotechnology entitled: Enhanced mucosal immune responses and reduced viral load in the respiratory tract of ferrets to intranasal lipid nanoparticle-based SARS-CoV-2 proteins and mRNA vaccines.