Major Professor: Dr. James Oltjen
Phone: (530) 758-4142
- B.S., Animal Science, UC Davis,
Davis, CA 1999
- M.S., Animal Science,
University California Davis, (In Progress).
Research has proven that animal feed
contaminated with pathogens can cause infection in humans who consume
the animal products from those animals. My research project will look at
three areas of this issue.
Reducing contamination of animal feed by pathogens of human health
- Prevalence of pathogens in animal
feed. A lot of research has already been done in this area, so this
will probably be a minor part of my research.
- Reduction of pathogens/microbes in
animal feed. One area I am considering is the use of pulsed UV
radiation to kill microbes.
- Effect of pathogen-free feed on the
prevalence of pathogens (from other on-farm sources) at slaughter or
effect of pathogen-free feed on the growth of pathogens in the
animal's gastrointestinal tract.
- If time allows, I would also like to
research the use of competitive exclusion to minimize
attachment/growth of pathogens in the gastrointestinal tract.