Food Animal Health Seminar


This 1 credit hour graduate course provides students the opportunity to present and critique scientific research relating to aspects of food animal health including, but not limited to, infectious diseases, zoonosis, disease control, immunology, virology, bacteriology, parasitology, epidemiology, etc. in a public forum setting. Prerequisites include graduate standing or permission from instructor. This class meets in room 112 of the Center for Food Animal Health Building on the CFAES Wooster Campus.

Spring 2024 Semester Presentations

February 8th - Shonna Smith - "Comparative genomics of Listeria monocytogenes isolated from small specialty crop farms (SSCF) in Northeast Ohio"

February 15th - Lauren Vitanza - “Efficacy of lactic acid, lactic acid–acetic acid blends, and peracetic acid to reduce Salmonella on chicken parts under simulated commercial processing conditions” and Saroj Khatiwada - “Evaluation of reoviral arthritis in commercial turkeys derived from vaccinated breeder hens”

February 29th - Thamonpan Laocharoensuk - “Swine cell line susceptibility to porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDV) for genomic CRISPR knockout screens” and Bikas Raj Shah - “The co-administration of live Fowlpox and Newcastle disease vaccines by non invasive routes to chickens reared by smallholders in Tanzania and Nepal”

March 21st - Milena Conte - “Development of Biodegradable Films Loaded with Phages with Antilisterial Properties

March 28th - Tonima Rahman - “Predicting foodborne pathogens and probiotics taxa within poultry-related microbiomes using a machine learning approach” and Olaitan Comfort Shekoni - “Evaluating the efficacy of adenovirus based avian influenza virus vaccine in poultry”

April 4th - Bikash Aryal - “Isolation and molecular characterization of porcine sapoviruses” and Sara Dolatyabi - “Chitosan-nanoparticle-based oral vaccine elicits cross-protection against Salmonella Typhimurium in broilers”

Spring 2023 Semester Presentations

January 19th - Kush Kumar Yadav - "The Expanding Host Range and Cross Species Transmission Potential of Rocahepevirus ratti"

January 26th - Thaina Landim De Barros - “HPAI Beyond Poultry Health”

February 2nd - Carolyn Lee “Engineering an African Swine Fever Virus Multiepitope Protein for Use in an ASF Nanoparticle-based Subunit Vaccine”

February 9th - Juliet Chepngeno - "Vitamin A Deficiency and Vitamin A Supplementation Alters Humoral and Passive Immune Responses to Rotavirus A Infection in a Conventional Sow Model" and Shonna Smith - "Emergence and Global Spread of Listeria monocytogenes Main Clinical Clonal Complex"

February 16th - Dr. Joy Scaria - "Utilizing Microbiome Science to Improve Host Health and to Combat Antimicrobial Resistance"

February 23rd - Yu Li - “Molecular detection of coronaviruses from feral pigeons (Columba livia) in South Africa” and Raksha Suresh - “Optimizing a sensitive RNA-based histological technique to detect Salmonella load in the intestines and reproductive organs of birds”

March 9th - Shuja Majeeh - "Review of Infectious Bronchitis/Coronavirus Infection in Chickens" and Faith Oster - "Examining student-animal interactions in a post-secondary Animal Sciences curriculum through students’ responses and animal behavior

March 23rd - Saroj Khatiwada and Thamonpan Laocharoensuk

March 30th - Anusree Thenissery

April 6th - Orhan Sahin - “Effect of fluoroquinolone treatment on antimicrobial resistance development in Campylobacter in cattle”

April 13th - Mingde Liu and Bindu Adhikari

April 20th - Menuka Bhandari - “Genomic Diversity, Antimicrobial Resistance, Plasmidome, and Virulence Profile of Salmonella Isolated from Small Specialty Crop Farms Revealed by Whole Genome Sequencing”.


Spring 2022 Semester Presentations

January 20th - Dr. Scott Kenney - "A nanoparticle vaccine platform for African swine fever virus"

January 27th - Xiaoyu Niu - “Evaluation of gene targets in porcine epidemic diarrhea virus attenuated vaccine development

February 3rd - Dr. Santosh Dhakal - "Golden Syrian hamster model to study sex differences in SARS-CoV-2 pathogenesis and vaccination"

February 10th - Dr. Ali Nazmi - "The role of granzyme B in differentiation and pathogenicity of CD4+ T cells"

February 17th - Sochina Ranjit - “Identification of Novel Small Molecule Growth Inhibitors to Control Pseudomonas Leaf Spot Disease on Pepper Plants”

February 24th - Juliet Chepngeno - “The effects of vitamin A supplementation on gut-mammary axis immune responses and rotavirus infection in vitamin A deficient sows"

March 10th - Dr. Som G. Nanjappa - “Host sialophorin is essential for fungal vaccine immunity”

March 24th - Menuka Bhandari - "Antimicrobial Peptides: Promising Alternatives to Antibiotics against Salmonella Infection in Chicken"Mingde Liu - "The cold-adapted, temperature-sensitive SARS-CoV-2 strain TS11 is attenuated in Syrian hamsters and a candidate attenuated vaccine"

April 7th - Diana Cruz-Pulido “Differing coronavirus genres alter shared host signaling pathways upon viral infection”, Brenna Braasch“Utilization of artificial intelligence to better understand behavior in African wild dogs”

April 14th - Molly Raque - "Differential Host Glycan Interactions are Associated with Alternative Modes of Rotavirus Cell Entry and Replication", Carolyn Lee - "Evaluation of a SARS-COV-2 Intranasal Nanoparticle Vaccine in Ferrets"

April 21st - Kush Kumar Yadav - “Ribosomal protein S17 is a host determinant enhancing avian hepatitis E virus (HEV) replication”, Faith Oster - “Examining student-animal interactions in a post-secondary Animal Sciences curriculum through students’ responses and animal behavior”