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Pilgrim’s Gives $1 Million to Establish the Department of Poultry Science Feed Mill, Industry Education, and Outreach Support Fund

On May 8, 2017, Pilgrim’s donated $1 Million to the Department of Poultry Science to establish the Department of Poultry Science Feed Mill, Industry Education, and Outreach Support fund. This timely gift from Pilgrim’s will allow the Department to modernize its feed mill with commercial industry-relevant equipment, boosting the feed manufacturing capacity by nearly tenfold.  This gift is the most significant in size and scope in the Department’s nearly 100-year history.  The much-needed resources will allow us to improve faculty-led research programs, educational opportunities for students, and outreach… Read More →

Marie-Cecile van de Lavoir, DVM, PhD to Present Two Seminars

The Department of Poultry Science in conjunction with Texas Agrilife Research, Texas A&M Institute for Genomic Medicine and the TAMU Institute for Genome Sciences and Society are sponsoring two seminars by Dr. Marie-Cecile van de Lavoir, DVM, PhD Thursday May 25th – 12:30 PM in 126 Kleberg (lunch provided) “Manipulating the germline in birds:  Production of transgenic chickens” Dr. van de Lavoir has extensive expertise in embryo manipulation and the development & genetic manipulation of pluripotent cell lines in a variety of species. During the last 15 years… Read More →

Dr. Luc Berghman Recognized at the 2017 Patent and Innovations Award Luncheon

Dr. Luc Berghman was recognized for his accomplishments during the 2017 Patent and Innovations Award Luncheon which was held on Thursday, May 4, 2017. This event was put on by the Texas A&M University System Office of Technology Commercialization and spotlights the patents and PVP’s issued to TAMU faculty during 2016.  The patent of which Dr. Berghman was a co-inventor describes compositions and methods of enhancing immune responses against Influenza A and methods of reducing morbidity associated with an Influenza A infection in chickens Patent # US 9,226,957;… Read More →

Michelle Behl Receives Award for Dissertation Research

Michelle Behl was awarded the B. S. Pomeroy Award for Avian Diseases Research at the 2017 North Central Avian Disease Conference (NCADC) which was held in conjunction with the Midwest Poultry Federation Convention in St. Paul, MN, March 14-16, 2017. She presented her PhD dissertation entitled “Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza H5N2 in Naturally Infected Turkey Breeder Hens:  Virus Distribution, Histopathology, and Host Immune Gene Expression.” Michelle completed her PhD under the direction of Dr. Mike Kugut and Dr. David Caldwell.  She graduated in August 2016 and is currently… Read More →

Dr. Suresh Pillai to Give TED Talk on April 22, 2017

Dr. Suresh Pillai will give a TED Talk entitled “Are Microbes Responsible for Criminal Behavior?” at the 2017 TEDx TAMU Conference which will take place on April 22, 2017. For more information, please visit –        

Dr. Carey Receives USPOULTRY Lamplighter Award

Dr. John Carey received the U.S. Poultry & Egg Association’s annual Lamplighter Award at the International Poultry Expo, part of the 2017 International Production & Processing Expo. He was one of three individuals who were honored with the award. The award pays tribute to individuals for “sustained and exemplary service” to the poultry and egg industry. Dr. Carey is a professor for the Department of Poultry Science at Texas A&M University. He has also served as an extension program leader and Department Head in the Department of Poultry… Read More →

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 →