Endemic Poultry Viral Diseases Research Unit
• Marek’s Disease Virus
Endemic Poultry Viral Diseases Research Unit mission:
Our mission is to conduct basic and applied research on avian metapneumovirus, enteric viruses of turkeys and Marek’s disease herpesvirus. The goal of our research program is to produce new research knowledge and technology to: 1) provide science-based solutions to minimize productivity and economic losses from domestic poultry diseases; 2) determine through molecular epidemiology the source for disease outbreaks; 3) determine biological and molecular virulence characteristics of these viruses with the goal of minimizing their impact; 4) develop practical and improved diagnostic tools including air samplers; 5) develop or improve vaccines and vaccine delivery methods; 6) determine the role of immunity during infections; 7) determine the effects of secondary infections on the development of disease; 8) develop engineering systems for reducing transmission and development of disease.