One Health and Poultry Genomics | Centre for Veterinary Education

One Health and Poultry Genomics

Prof Huaijun Zhou, Dr Rodrigo Gallardo

Lunchtime Seminar Series

Duration: 55:52

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Topic/s: one health, chickens

In this special US Davis Lunchtime Seminar Prof Huaijun Zhou, Chief Investigator will discuss his involvement in USAID Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Genomics to Improve Poultry and Dr Rodrigo Gallardo will speak on One Health at UC Davis.



Honors and Awards: 2016 - Evonik Degussa Award for Achievement in Poultry Science; 2014 - Chancellor’s Fellow; 2013 - The American Association of Immunologists Early Career Faculty Travel Award; 2011 - PSA Early Achievement Award for Research; 2010 - Hy-Line International Research Award; 2009 - Big 12 Faculty Fellowship; 2009 - Outstanding Overseas Young Investigator Award, NSF China; 2004 - Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) Fellowship; 2002 - Research Excellence Award, Iowa State University.

Research Interests: Research in immunogenetics, molecular genetics, functional genomics, and bioinformatics in poultry. My group is focused on elucidating the molecular and cellular mechanisms of host-pathogen interaction including disease resistance, immune response, and pathogenesis of infection. The overall goals are to understand genetic regulation of host response and basic mechanisms of pathogen virulence in animals, to identify host and pathogen genes that are involved in the host-pathogen interplay. The pathogens of interest are food-borne bacteria such as Newcastle disease virus, avian influenza virus, Salmonella and Campylobacter. Another area of my research is to functionally annotate regulatory elements of livestock species by integrating RNA-seq, ChIP-seq, and DNase-seq across different tissues.

Read more about Dr Huaijun Zhou.


Our Laboratory specializes on RNA viral endemic pathogens in the U.S. We have performed research in infectious bursal disease (Gumboro), avian Influenza, Newcastle disease virus and infectious bronchitis virus. Our main focus is to study molecular evolution and variability of infectious bronchitis virus, lately we have been exploring the basis behind the genetic resistance to infectious bronchitis virus. We have an investigation line in vaccine design using diatoms as novel adjuvants and boosters of immune responses. We also explore the One Health aspects of veterinary medicine using poultry as a model for our work in Africa and Central America.

Specialty Focus: My research interests are in the area of the avian virology, specifically in RNA viruses and their capabilities of mutation, recombination and variation making them very difficult to control in productive settings. I enjoy applying the information gathered in the laboratory by molecular or virological techniques in the field improving productive parameters and performance of poultry flocks. I also have a special interest in vaccine design for poultry.

Read more from Dr Rodrigo Gallardo.