Leadership changes at the Food Animal Health Research Program

Following an exemplary 45 year career, Dr. Mo Saif retired in January as the leader of the Food Animal Health Research Program (FAHRP) at the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center (OARDC) in Wooster. He is recognized internationally as a leading researcher in poultry diseases and influenza viruses that can be shared between different animal species. Read more about his career here. Dr. Jeff LeJeune is the newly appointed director of FAHRP and assistant dean in the College of Veterinary Medicine. Trained as a veterinarian and a microbiologist, Dr. LeJeune now leads the program that includes about 75 faculty, staff, and students focused on the health of food-producing animals. Dr. LeJeune also recognizes FAHRP’s critical role in the university’s areas of research focus, or “Discovery Themes,” of Health and Wellness, Food Production and Security, and Energy and Environment. In addition, FAHRP researchers are important participants in the national “One Health” initiative, which addresses the overlap between animal health, human health and the environment. More information the program is available here