Dr. Gireesh Rajashekara awarded the 2024 Distinguished Graduate Student Mentor Award

April 19, 2024

Please join us in congratulating Dr. Gireesh Rajashekara on his recognition as the 2024 Distinguished Graduate Student Mentor in the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University!

Gireesh Rajashekara was awarded the 2024 Distinguished Graduate Student Mentor Award for his work in upholding the CFAES mission in training and mentoring the next generation of scientists and leaders. This award recognizes the outstanding graduate faculty mentors who teach with passion, research with integrity, and inspire our graduate students to become the leaders of tomorrow. 

Gireesh’s research team is focused on studying animal health and zoonotic disease problems in food-producing animals using “One Health” approaches. Specifically, the emphasis is on the discovery of novel antimicrobials/probiotics and antimicrobial peptides to control foodborne and animal pathogens. Dr. Rajashekara is a highly productive researcher and more than 140 peer-reviewed publications and with multiple patents. As an advisor, he has mentored 12 Ph.D., 7 M.S., 10 postdoctoral associates, many undergraduate students and visiting scholars. He promotes interdisciplinary collaborative research, with the group working under his direction having a rich diversity being from more than 20 countries. He is highly committed to his trainees developing a foundation while working with him for their future professional success.

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View the 2024 CFAES Awards Ceremony HERE where Gireesh and other CFAES faculty, staff, students, and collaborators were recognized for their dedication to the CFAES mission and to their individual units/departments.