USDA ARS Avian Disease & Oncology Laboratory

The mission of the Avian Disease and Oncology Laboratory (ADOL) is to provide leadership in solving current and future problems in neoplastic and other viral diseases of poultry using basic and applied multidisciplinary, team approaches thereby benefiting the poultry industry and consumers
The student will experience poultry research within a laboratory setting. This may include time in necropsy identifying lesions and collecting samples, as well as time in the laboratory performing techniques such as virus isolation/cell culture, DNA/RNA isolation, PCR, real-time PCR, sequencing, pyrosequencing, flow cytometry, fluorescent microscopy, and immunohistochemistry.

If future students have an interest in an externship at our lab, that would be great.  Future students can apply for the AAAP Eskelund Preceptorship which provides a stipend towards living and traveling expenses to attend poultry medicine-related externships.  The link is below. 

 Institutional Resources:

Our scientific staff consists of two veterinary pathologists, two geneticists, two immunologists and one microbiologist. We maintain 40 inbred and outbred lines of chickens with special characteristics including resistance or susceptibility to tumor induction by Marek's disease or lymphoid leukosis.

Our library maintains a number of prominent scientific and poultry-related journals.

Responsibilities of students are dependent on the length of the externship and research experience of the student. Our goal is for students to be comfortable and to experience first hand what veterinary research is like. Specific responsibilities will be arranged in advance between the student and scientist.

Students will have access to veterinarians throughout the day. Portions of the day will be spent with a veterinarian or with the veterinarian's laboratory technician, depending on project needs.


USDA ARS Avian Disease & Oncology Laboratory

3606 E Mount Hope Rd
East Lansing, MI 48823

(517) 337-6828

(517) 337-6776

john [dot] dunn [at] ars [dot] usda [dot] gov

John R. Dunn, DVM, MS, PhD

Updated: 03/14/11