Department of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences

Poultry Health Research

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What determines the susceptibility and resistance of poultry to infectious disease in the wild or on the farm?" We are addressing this key question through: ​

Characterizing critical genetic and environmental factors and the impact of stress and nutrition​ ​on poultry health.
Investigating the role of the​ ​​gut microbial community in​ ​supporting ​healthy growth and​ ​preventing antimicrobial​ ​​drug ​resistance. ​
S​haring our research​ ​​findings with farmers, scientists, and citizens.
​Developing​ ​and promoting​​ ​innovative solutions to​ ​​offer poultry farmers​ ​new ​cures and preventative strategies.
​Fighting to keep poultry​ ​products ​safe and nutritious.

Our work informs​ ​the ​surveillance and prevention of infectious disease in pathogen-free poultry systems​ ​​across the nation. Industry funding to the University of Minnesota​ ​​Poultry Health Research​​ ​​supports unbiased, objective​ ​​investigations,​ ​the results​ ​from which are​ ​freely available in the public domain.​

Graduate Student Fellowship

Graduate Student Fellowship

Federal Training Fellowships
This new three-year program seeks 2 PhD and 2 Master’s for study in poultry production. Specific areas of investigation include genomics, infectious diseases, and nutrition. Interested PhD students must have completed a BA, BS, MS, or DVM degree. Requires US citizenship or permanent residency. Contact Dr. Kent Reed, Director.
 
USDA National Needs Fellowship in Food Animal Biosecurity
Opportunities exist for PhD trainees in the broad areas of biosecurity, food animal health and production, and microbiology. Fellows can choose from 25 training faculty and will be provided additional professional development funds. Requires US citizenship and prior research experience. Contact Dr. Mark Rutherford, Director.
 
NIH Training Grant in NeuroImmune Pharmacology
This training grant supports students studying aspects of behavior, neurobiology, and immunology, particularly as it relates to infection and drug addiction. Requires US citizenship or permanent residency.
 
NIH T32 Program in Comparative Medicine and Pathology
Directed by Dr. Cathy Carslon This award is exclusively for DVMs and supports PhD;training in comparative biosciences. Training faculty are assembled from across the University and research addresses a wide range of topics including cancer biology, genetics, immunology, and infectious diseases. Requires US citizenship.
 
Collegiate Fellowships
Pomeroy Legacy Fellowship
Named in honor of Dr. Ben Pomeroy, a pioneering researcher and educator in the US turkey industry, this fellowship supports graduate students in avian health research mentored by the Pomeroy Chair. Areas of emphasis include avian influenza and infectious agent epidemiology.
 
Samuel K Maheswaran Fellowship
Named in honor of Dr. Maheswaran’s 40+ year career in the CVM, this award supports PhD training in food animal infectious diseases, immunology, and vaccinology. Students may conduct basic or translational research to enhance the welfare and production of beef or dairy cattle, pigs, turkeys, or chickens. Fellows must have passed qualifying exams to be eligible.
 
Agricultural Research, Education, Extension, and Technology Transfer Fellowships (AgREETT)
These state funded PhD training positions are aimed at research that enhances agricultural productivity. Research may address livestock health, microbial pathogens that limit production, or farm biosecurity.
 
MnDRIVE Fellowships in Global Food Systems
These one year fellowships include interdisciplinary professional development support to advance your understanding of our complex and interconnected food production, processing, and safety systems. Students must be conducting research in an area related to food animal health and production.
 
WTS Thorp Memorial Scholarship
This multi-year Scholarship supports PhD training in veterinary diagnostics and pathology in immunology, cancer biology, epidemiology, and infectious diseases. Students must hold a prior DVM or equivalent degree.

Poultry Journal Club

Poultry Journal Club

Researchers in the poultry group participate in a poultry-centric journal club that meets regularly to discuss recent publications in the field.  This group includes faculty, students, and laboratory staff and topics vary from nutrition, genomics, and microbiome/microbiology, to epidemiology and infectious disease.

Topics in the Poultry Journal Club vary by the paper that is being presented.

This semester, club members will meet the 4th Monday of each month.

Examples of Our Research

Examples of Our Research

 
Feed trucks and feed as a way to transmit HPAI to and between farms
 
Exploring Regionalization
 
Age susceptibility to infection with HPAIV (turkeys)
 
Live bird marketing in MN and influenza infection status
 
Vet Med – Avian Flu
 
MCROC – Avian Flu
 
HPAI: Facilitating Public-Private Partnerships
 
Development of HPAI Planning Tool for Poultry Farms
 
HPAI Outbreak Studies to Support Reduction in Virus Transmission, Environmental Contamination, and Cleaning and Disinfection Costs
 
Facilitating Public Private Partnerships for the Management of HPAI and Other Animal Disease Emergencies
 
Construction of Innovative
 
Risk Assessments to Support National Preparedness Planning for Animal Health Emergencies
 
Improving well-being of commercial turkeys through gait and footpad assessment
 
Understanding clinical focal duodenal necrosis
 
 
Evaluation of Stalosan F as a disinfectant against avian influenza virus (AIV) and infectious bursal disease virus (IBDV)
 
 
Antibiotic-free alternatives to improve health and performance in commercial turkeys
 
Improving well-being of commercial turkeys through gait and footpad assessment
 
A Novel, Translational, Multidisciplinary Approach to Control Poultry Respiratory Diseases In The United States
 
 
Alternatives to Antibiotics for Controlling Salmonella and Campylobacter in Poultry and Poultry Products
 
 
Studies on Clostridial Dermatitis - A Disease Of Economic Concern in Turkeys
 
 
Improving well-being of commercial turkeys through gait and footpad assessment
 
Antibiotic-free alternatives to improve health and performance in commercial turkeys
 
Creating a new structural bios
 
Industry Education Recruitment Funding
 
 
USDA National Needs Fellowship for Enhancing Animal Production: Addressing National Need in Poultry Production
 
Influence of thermal challenge on turkey muscle development and meat quality
 
 
Alternate Iron Regulatory Pathways in Mycobacterium avium subspecies paratuberculosis
 
A universal nanoparticly based
 
Rapid POC Toxin Assay using Aptamer-Functionalized Magnetic Nanoparticles
 
Salmonella detection: chasing one single bacteria
 
 
Improving host resistance
 
VET Med – Avian Flu
 
Improving well-being of commercial turkeys through gait and footpad assessment

Poultry Research Team - A Pomeroy Legacy

Poultry Research Team - A Pomeroy Legacy

Dr. Carol Cardona
 
Carol Cardona, DVM, PhD, DAC, PV
Professor and Pomeroy Endowed Chair in Avian Health
Department of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences,
College of Veterinary Medicine

 

612-625-5276
ccardona@umn.edu

 


Dr. Sagar Goyal
 
Sagar Goyal, PhD
Professor
Department of Veterinary Population Medicine,
College of Veterinary Medicine

 

612-625-2714
goyal001@umn.edu

 


Dr. Tim Johnson
 
Tim Johnson, PhD
Associate Professor
Department of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences,
College of Veterinary Medicine

 

612-626-2542
joh04207@umn.edu

 


Dr. Anup Kollanoor Johny
 
Anup Kollanoor, BVScAH, MVSc, PhD
Assistant Professor
Department of Animal Science
College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Science

 

612-625-5277
anupjohn@umn.edu

 


Dr. Kakmbi Nagaraja
 
Kakambi Nagaraja, PhD
Professor
Department of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences,
College of Veterinary Medicine

 

612-625-9704
nagar001@umn.edu

 


Dr. Sally Noll
 
Sally L. Noll, PhD
Professor
Department of Animal Science
College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Science

 

612-624-4928
nollx001@umn.edu

 


Dr. Rob Porter
 
Rob Porter, DVM, PhD
Professor
Department of Veterinary Polulation Medicine,
College of Veterinary Medicine

 

612-624-7400
porte349@umn.edu

 


Dr. Kent Reed
 
Kent Reed, PhD
Professor
Department of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences,
College of Veterinary Medicine

 

612-624-1287
reedx054@umn.edu

 


Dr. Sinisa Vidovic
 
Sinisa Vidovic, PhD
Assistant Professor
Department of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences,
College of Veterinary Medicine

 

612-626-3669
svidovic@umn.edu

 


Dr. Zheng Xing
 
Zheng Xing, PhD
Associate Professor
Department of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences,
College of Veterinary Medicine

 

612-626-5392
zxing@umn.edu