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Texas A&M University
Department of Poultry Science
101 Kleberg Center
College Station, TX 77843-2472
Main Office Phone: 979-845-1931
Departmental Fax: 979-845-1921
Jimmy T. Keeton, Ph.D.
Agrilife Fellow, Professor & Interim Department Head
Christine Z. Alvarado, Ph.D.
Associate Professor – Poultry Processing and Products
Research areas include improving meat quality and process efficiency for poultry processors, antemortem and postmortem causes and remediation techniques of poor quality meat, marination ingredients and process control, determining functionality of non-meat adjuncts in further processed poultry, egg quality and safety, Listeria control in ready to eat poultry products, pre-harvest and post-harvest food safety interventions.
Gregory Archer, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor & Ext Specialist – Breeder/Hatchery Management, Animal Behavior
Research is focused in the areas of animal behavior/welfare and stress physiology. Research utilizes behavior and physiological measures to investigate the effects of environmental conditions, nutrition, management practices, and housing design on the health, production, and welfare of poultry. The primary goal of the research is to investigate current practices, identify problem areas, and develope new methods to optimize the production, health and welfare of poultry.
Christopher A. Bailey, Ph.D.
Professor – Poultry Nutrition
Research areas include actively seeking to reduce the environmental impact of poultry production primarily by seeking improvements in nutrient utilization. Strategies include seeking improvements in ingredient processing and feed manufacture, evaluation of alternate rearing/feeding strategies such a continuous multiphase feeding, dietary incorporation of exogenous enzymes, use of prebiotic materials such as mannan oligosaccharides (MOS), and use of antibiotic like growth promoters.
Luc R. Berghman, Ph.D.
Associate Professor – Immunology, Endocrinology & Transgenics
Research areas focus on acquiring fundamental new knowledge of the avian immune system and applying this new knowledge toward the development of new immuno-biotechnological tools. Research projects include the study of the immune response in the chicken, especially the function of antigen presenting cells (such as the dendritic cells) in activating the humoral immune response and the developement of chicken egg yolk antibodies, monoclonal antibodies and recombinant antibodies for diagnostic, prophylactic and therapeutic purposes.
David J. Caldwell, Ph.D.
Professor – Pathobiology, Immunology
Research areas focus on making discoveries in commercial poultry in the areas of microbiology and poultry health that may eventually be applied to improvements in health, food safety, or poultry production parameters. Research that yields a measurable improvement in animal health, food safety, or production efficiency is the ultimate goal.
John B. Carey, Ph.D.
Professor - Production, Management
Research areas include layer management, egg production and environmental stewardship. Past efforts have focused on methionine sources and broiler excreta odor, fate of nitrogen in broiler production and nutrient buildup in broiler litter and the role of dietary threonine on egg component yield, composition and functional qualities.
Craig Coufal, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor & Extension Specialist – Animal Waste & Litter Managment
Research area focus on poultry waste management. Specific areas of investigation include litter and manure management, odor control, plant nutrient utilization, pathogen reduction, ammonia emissions reduction, composting of wastes and alternative waste management strategies.
Tri Duong, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor – Microbiology
Our research seeks to develop a mechanistic understanding of microbial functionality in probiotic and bioprocess applications with the overall goal of developing microbe-based biotechnology solutions for animal agriculture, bioprocessing, and human health. Particular areas of focus include the development of microbial biocatalysts, bacterial colonization of the gastrointestinal tract, biotherapeutic delivery and bacterial genetics.
Morgan B. Farnell, Ph.D.
Associate Professor & Extension Specialist/Program Leader – Live Production & Health
Research focuses on poultry industry challenges in support of stakeholders and extension programming. Research emphasis include: pre-harvest food safety, avian immunology, antibiotic alternatives, gut health, reportable disease response (biosecurity, emergency depopulation and cleaning and disinfection), alternative foodstuffs and litter pasteurization.
Jason Lee, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor – Poultry Management
Research areas include improving efficiency and nutrient utilization of poultry production through dietary alterations utilizing new technologies including exogenous enzymes, vaccinations, probiotics, and prebiotics to reduce the cost and environmental impact of poultry meat and egg production.
Research areas include ecology of microbial pathogens, pathogen detection methodologies, pathogen prevention and reduction equipment/process engineering, microbiology and waste management. Strageties include the adaptation of E-Beam and X-ray technologies for food safety, phyto-sanitary applications and other applications.
Sanjay Reddy, Ph.D.
Professor - Virology and Disease
Research areas include poultry health with special emphasis on vaccines, and host-pathogen interaction. Specifically the Marek’s disease virus with an emphasis in genomic/epigenetic regulation of Mareks disease virus genes and the development of the Marek’s disease virus as a vaccine vector.
Ciro A. Ruiz-Feria, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor - Avian Physiology
Research areas include the identification of pathways mediating the stress response, characterization of the interplay of stress, immunity, disease, growth, reproduction; or the neurobiology of environmental stimuli or surroundings.
Rosemary L. Walzem, Ph.D.
Professor - Nutritional Biochemistry
Research is focused on fundamental and applied issues in lipoprotein biology in humans, poultry and other comparative species. Research projects address basic mechanisms of yolk formation, functional qualities of yolk-precursor lipoproteins and physiological factors within the hen that influence yolk formation. Research related to human nutrition emphasizes those dietary factors and physiological processes that mitigate or initiate atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease (ASCVD).