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 selected as a co-vice chair and graduate student representative on IDI-TA Steering Committee

    Jan 14, 2022

    Congratulations to Kush Yadav (Kenney Lab) on being selected to serve as co-vice chair and graduate student representative on the Infectious Diseases Institute Trainee Association (IDI-TA) Steering Committee.

  2. CFAH rings in the holiday season with 2021 Holiday Party

    Dec 30, 2021

    On December 16th, CFAH hosted it's 2021 Holiday Christmas Party for all CFAH faculty, staff, students, and their guests. A delicious boxed lunch was sponsored by the CFAH faculty and fun was had by all ages thanks to holiday activities put together by social committee members, Hannah Gehman and Mike Kauffman. 

    Photos from our memorable and fun-filled event can be viewed HERE. Special thanks to Dr. Wang’s husband, Hong, for capturing these wonderful photos!

  3. Dr. Gireesh Rajashekara receives CFAES Distinguished Senior Faculty Research Award

    Dec 30, 2021

    Congratulations to Dr. Gireesh Rajashekara for being awarded the prestigious 2021-2022 Distinguished Senior Faculty Research Award!  The CFAES Distinguished Senior Faculty Research Award honors academic, disciplinary, and professional excellence in the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences.