Rami Dalloul is an Associate Professor of Poultry Immunology in the Department of Animal and Poultry Sciences. His specific areas of research include how to stimulate the mucous membranes of poultry to resist infection, the underlying molecular mechanisms of immune responses to dietary and environmental stimuli, and nutrition for enhancing development of the immune system in hatchlings. For example, he has looked at the effect of beneficial microbes in chicken embryos on the development of the gut and immune system, and the effect of various feed additives as alternatives to antibiotics. He also researches the genetics of immune response in chickens and turkeys.
Dalloul is also the lead member of the consortium that sequenced the turkey (Hokie bird) genome.
Dr. Dalloul is the recipient of an Early Achievement Award in Research from the Poultry Science Association (PSA), a 2011 Hy-Line International Research Award, and was a 2012 Scholar of the Week from the Office of the Vice President for Research at Virginia Tech in recognition of his research on poultry immunology and health.
Department of Animal & Poultry Sciences
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