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Research in avian immunology:

Extrapolation of findings from mammalian immunology particularly those used as biomedical species such as the mouse, to avian species becomes a challenge due to the difference in immune organs, cells, and molecules of the immune responses. For instance, birds lack organized lymph nodes as described in mammals, while they possess a collection of lymphoid tissue scattered throughout the body, and a unique unique lymphoid organ called the bursa of Fabricius, which is found only in avian species. Therefore, it is essential that we study avian immunology and specific host-pathogen interactions to develop management strategies and solutions to improve poultry health, sustainability, and welfare. Our lab is investigating the immune response of chickens to various dietary and pathogenic gut stressors such as Clostridium perfringens, coccidiosis and overall gut dysbacteriosis.  

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