Textbook / Lab Manual published by Department of Poultry Science Faculty and Staff Member


Dr. Suresh Pillai, Professor of Microbiology in the Department of Poultry Science, and former Research Associate in Dr. Pillai’s laboratory, Jessica McKelvey, recently published the text entitled “Molecular Methods for the Detection and Characterization of Foodborne and Environmental Pathogens” through DEStech Publications, Inc.  This text incorporates the depth and detail of a textbook with the guidance often found in a laboratory manual and describes molecular methods often used for identifying and characterizing microbial populations and specific pathogens found in food and the environment.  Congratulations to Dr. Pillai and… Read More →

Graduate Student wins award at International Meeting


Shima Shayanfar, PhD Student under the guidance of Dr. Suresh Pillai, won the Best Student Poster Award at the 2016 International Meeting of Radiation Processing in Vancouver, BC, Canada Nov 7-11th. Her poster titled, “Opportunities and challenges of employing electron beam technology for fresh produce” was chosen based on novelty, significance, presentation, layout, scientific committee scoring, and consensus review. As part of this selection, she was invited to make a brief keynote talk at the plenary session.

Dr. Morgan Farnell Receives Research Grant from the USPOULTRY Foundation


Hens bred for egg production are able to efficiently convert feed to eggs. Unfortunately, male chicks that hatch from egg producing lines have no economic value and must be humanely euthanized at the hatchery.  Dr. Morgan Farnell was recently awarded a $75,000 grant from the USPOULTRY Foundation to identify potential solutions to this challenging aspect of commercial egg production.  The two year project is entitled “Euthanasia of Recently Hatched Neonates”.  The objectives of the study are to evaluate currently accepted means of chick euthanasia and to potentially develop… Read More →

Poultry Science Weekend – October 21-22, 2016


Howdy! The Poultry Science Department at Texas A&M would like to invite you and your family to our 2016 Poultry Science Weekend! This event will be held on October 21-22, 2016. To kick off our weekend, join us for the POSC Steak Fry on Friday evening at Bachmann Park. Steak Fry will begin with a social hour starting at 6:00 pm, dinner will be served at 7:00 pm. Our weekend continues on Saturday with Skeet Shooting at Gunsmoke Shooting Range in Snook followed by a game watch party… Read More →

Department of Poultry Science Welcomes Yuhua and Morgan Farnell

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Over the course of the summer, the Department of Poultry Science was honored to welcome Drs. Yuhua and Morgan Farnell back to Texas A&M University to join our departmental faculty. Dr. Yuhua Farnell: Dr. Yuhua Farnell joined the POSC faculty on August 1, 2016 as an Instructional Assistant Professor.  In this position, she will serve as instructor of record for POSC 308-Avian Anatomy and Physiology, POSC 609-Avian Physiology, and one section of ANSC 481-Senior Seminar.  Yuhua is also developing a new techniques oriented graduate course that should be… Read More →

Dr. Luc Berghman Receives Award at the 2016 Poultry Science Association Annual Meeting

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Dr. Luc R. Berghman was presented with the Zoetis Fundamental Science Award at the 2016 Poultry Science Association Annual Meeting in New Orleans, Louisiana. This award was given in recognition of his outstanding achievement in basic disciplines (genetics, genomics, immunology, molecular, cellular, developmental biology, physiology,  poultry health, proteomics) and his sustained high quality contributions to fundamental science that has advanced the field of poultry science. Luc Berghman earned his BS/MS degrees in Zoology from the Katholieke Universiteit in Leuven (KULeuven), Belgium. He received his PhD summa cum laude… Read More →

POSC Students Receive Awards at the 2016 Poultry Science Association Annual Meeting

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Student Research Paper Certificate of Excellence These certificates are presented in recognition of students who have presented high-quality research papers at the annual meeting.     Christine N.Vuong – Epitope mapping of Clostridium perfringens α-toxin using an antibody-guided immunization method.Christine is a Ph.D. student working under the direction of Dr. Luc Berghman.               Rocky E. Latham – Determination of the total sulfur amino acid requirement of the Cobb 500 male broiler between 28 and 42 days of age. Rocky is a Ph.D…. Read More →

Dr. Suresh Pillai to Serve on the Advisory Council on Food System Innovation

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Dr. Suresh Pillai has been selected to serve on the Advisory Council on Food System Innovation. This is a scientific advisory council that will provide advice and recommendations on policy and program development, program implementation, evaluation and other matters of significance to the mission and goals of the Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research (FFAR).  The council will focus on innovative research in food safety, food processing, food preparation, distribution and aggregation, food storage, resource and waste recovery, and optimization of management practices and operations to increase access… Read More →

Dr. Giridhar Athrey Receives Grant from the Robert J. and Helen C. Kleberg Foundation


Dr. Giridhar Athrey,  Assistant Professor in the Department of Poultry Science, has been awarded a grant from the Robert J. and Helen C. Kleberg Foundation. The proposal entitled, “Flaviviral integration into the vector genome as a driver of Zika virus transmission” received $211,372 in funding for the two year project. Dr. Gabriel Hamer (Entomology) is the collaborator. Congratulations Dr. Athrey!

Poultry Science Dept Receives Grant From USPOULTRY Harold E. Ford Foundation and Tyson Foods

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The USPOULTRY Harold E. Ford Foundation and Tyson Foods have awarded a grant in the amount of $34,766 to the TAMU Poultry Science Department. This grant will support the Poultry Science department efforts to continue to recruit, retain, and graduate the best and brightest students for long-term contributions to the commercial and allied industries.