December 13, 2018 – The lab group wins the “Team Achievement Award 2018” in the Department of Animal Science. Thanks to my team, Dr. Divek Nair, Dr. Luna Akhtar (Postdocs), Grace Dewi (Doctoral student), Claire Peichel, Shijina Manjankattil (MS students), Brigitta Yaputri (UROP Scholar), Joo Lee (Lab Management Intern), Grace Taylor (Lab intern), Jason Langlie (former Lab manager and UROP Scholar), Emma Severns, Brandon Severns (Industry research interns).
October 22, 2018 – Dr. Michelle Kromm, Chief Veterinarian, and Director of Technical Services and Live Production Research, Jennie-O Turkey Store, gave a stunning seminar on “Turkey production in the face of changing consumer demands”. She also interacted with the poultry students from Animal Science and Veterinary Medicine after the seminar! Left (Dr. Kromm) Right (Dr. Kromm interacting with poultry students). I am glad that I could invite and arrange for her seminar in DAS!
October 12, 2018 – Claire and Grace, in front of the GPC club promo painting on the pedestrian walkway on the Washington Ave Bridge. The painting serves as a platform to bring awareness to GPC’s activities and to promote the club to students. The artwork on the panel is designed and painted by the members and officers of the group.
October 11, 2018 – Ms. Grace Dewi, an MS student in the lab successfully defends her thesis and passes the oral examination. Thanks to all who came for her defense seminar, including the Poultry Super Group on campus! Drs. Sally Noll and Tim Johnson served on her Committee. Thanks, everyone!
October 11, 2018 – Dr. Johny publishes a review paper on antibiotic-resistant Salmonella in food supply. Please read it here!
October 10, 2018 – Dr. Johny’s group supports in the preparation for the Future Farmers of America CDE Fall contests. Divek, Shijina, Claire and Grace joined Dr. Johny and Dr. Noll towards organizing the event successfully! There were close to 150 students across Minnesota participating in the contests.
July 26, 2018 – Johny lab at the 2018 Poultry Science Association Annual Meeting. It’s a great year for the lab members. Dr. Divek Nair (currently a Postdoc in the lab) won the PSA Hatchery (Student Wing of PSA) outstanding student award, and Ms. Grace Dewi, an MS student in the lab, won one of the PSA Graduate Research Travel Awards. Congrats, Divek and Grace! You certainly upheld the excellence of our lab and the name of the University of Minnesota at the meeting! (Divek with the certificate on the left and the Grace with her certificate on the right, sitting in the extreme right of the picture). The entire Minnesota team below!
A surprise meeting with Dr. Solis de Los Santos, the senior author of our first work on Caprylic acid published in 2009. Dr. Santos worked on controlling Campylobacter using Caprylic acid, and we, at Connecticut, worked on controlling Salmonella Enteritidis using the compound. Annie joined us during our get together at the PSA annual meeting!
July 16, 2018 – A big surprise for me, honored with the IFT Outstanding Service Award – Food Microbiology Division 2018! I can’t believe it! (Below) with Dr. Peyman Fatemi, the VP of Scientific Affairs, The Acheson Group LLC, one of my industry colleagues and the Chair of the Division. Read the CFANS news here!
Some other photos from the IFT annual meeting.
July 16, 2018 – Grace presents at the IFT annual meeting (on the left). With Dr. Venkitanarayanan, the Associate Dean of Research at UCONN and my mentor after winning the award! It was nice to have him witness my accomplishment! Thanks for all his support and mentoring!
July 12, 2018 – Dr. Johny’s research “Characterizing the Antimicrobial Function of a Dairy-Originated Probiotic, Propionibacterium freudenreichii, Against Multidrug-Resistant Salmonella enterica Serovar Heidelberg in Turkey Poults” has been published in Frontiers in Microbiology.
May 23, 2018 – Dr. Johny’s co-authored journal Trans-Cinnamaldehyde and Eugenol Increase Acinetobacter baumannii Sensitivity to Beta-Lactam Antibiotics is published in Frontiers in Microbiology.
May 14, 2018 – Dr. Johny’s co-authored journal Inhibition and Inactivation of Escherichia coli O157: H7 Biofilms by Selenium is published in the Journal of Food Protection.
May 7, 2018 – Grace Dewi wins the outstanding MS student award in Animal Science! Congrats, Grace!
May 4, 2018 – Jason Langlie presented his UROP project. He did and lead a successful project this spring! Congrats, Jason!
April 7, 2018 – Grace Dewi (Johny’s group) and Elizabeth Theis (Sally’s group) win Gopher Poultry Science Club awards. Grace was awarded the 2017-18 Outstanding Volunteer Award and Eliza the 2018 Outstanding Member Overall Award. Congrats, Grace, and Eliza!
April 4, 2018 – Animal Science Showcase Updated Lab group
March 13, 2018 – Divek Nair presented with one of the 2018 Midwest Young Scholar Awards! Congrats, Divek!
March 8, 2018 – Divek joins as a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Department of Animal Science, University of Minnesota!
February 16, 2018 – Dr. Johny presented at the 13th ANECA Poultry Processing Conference in Queretaro, Mexico. His presentation was entitled, “Use of phytochemicals for improving poultry product safety.”
February 9, 2018 – Divek Nair successfully defends his doctoral thesis. Congrats, Divek! Haecker Hall 365 was full. Thanks to the UMN Poultry Research Team for their heavy presence. Thanks to my peers and graduate/undergraduate students in the Department of Animal Science who came for the talk and supported Divek throughout his doctoral student career!
January 25, 2018 – Emma Severns and Brandon Severns recruited as Industry Research Interns in the lab. They will be working on the management of broiler chickens supplemented with essential oils!
December 22, 2017 – Dr. Johny’s research “Effect of various inoculum levels of multidrug-resistant Salmonella enterica serovar Heidelberg (2011 ground turkey outbreak isolate) on cecal colonization, dissemination to internal organs, and deposition in skeletal muscles in commercial turkeys after experimental oral challenge” has been published in Frontiers in Microbiology.
December 6, 2017 – Dr. Johny has been awarded a recruitment grant from the United States Poultry Foundation (Harold E. Ford Foundation), for enhancing the recruitment and retention of poultry students at the U! Thanks to Dr. Sally Noll, who initiated the efforts last year, Mr. Steve Olson, the Executive Director of MTGA, who encouraged and supported us through the process, and Gold n’ Plump – a Pilgrim’s brand, for their gift in part! We thank the US poultry industry and that in Minnesota for their care!
December 1, 2017 – Gopher Poultry Science Club members visit the Cargill Innovation Center in Elk River, MN. Divek, Grace, and Claire (Johny’s group), Gabi Furo and Eliza Theis (Sally’s group), and Yuan-Tai Hung (Shurson group) visited the center as a part of GPSC.
November 28, 2017 – Dr. Johny’s research “Food Grade Pimenta Leaf Essential Oil Reduces the Attachment of Salmonella enterica Heidelberg (2011 Ground Turkey Outbreak Isolate) on to Turkey Skin” is published in Frontiers in Microbiology. Below is a confocal image of pimenta reducing S. Heidelberg populations on turkey skin published in the article.
November 16, 2017 – Jason Langlie awarded a UROP grant. Congrats Jason!
November 10, 2017 – Our national research team recently won a USDA-Organic Research and Education Initiative grant for research on the post-harvest poultry safety of organic chicken and eggs, using phytophenolics. Dr. Johny is the Project Director responsible for the activities at the University of Minnesota. Mr. Wayne Martin at the U Extension will join him in the education and extension activities. The national research team is lead by Dr. Annie Donoghue at the USDA ARS – Arkansas and has Univ. Ark, UConn, UMN, NCSU, Appalachian SU, Cal Poly, and U Kentucky, as other partnering institutions.
November 10, 2017 – Dr. Johny presented in a webinar hosted by the eXtension on essential oils, “Essential oils: What are they and why use them with poultry?” Click on the slide below to see the presentation.
September 31 to October 3 – Future Farmers of America CDE Fall contest preparation and event – Johny’s group participated actively in this event!
October 2, 2017 – Dr. Luna Akhtar, Ph.D. joins Dr. Johny’s group as a Research Associate. Welcome to our team, Luna!
September 26, 2017 – Dr. Johny’s research “Gene Expression Response of Salmonella enterica Serotype Enteritidis Phage Type 8 to Subinhibitory Concentrations of the Plant-Derived Compounds Trans-Cinnamaldehyde and Eugenol” is published in Frontiers in Microbiology. Below is the graph published in the manuscript portraying the validation of microarray data on genes significantly down-regulated by trans-cinnamaldehyde by RT-qPCR.
September 20, 2017 – Divek Nair wins First Place in the 2017 Minnesota Nutrition Conference graduate poster competition. This is his second time winning this competition!! Great achievement. Congrats, Divek!
September 15, 2017 – Grace Taylor joins Johny lab group as the new lab intern! Welcome, Grace!
September 14, 2017 – The Gopher Poultry Science Club kick-off meeting! With the active members. Dr. Johny advises the club.
September 12, 2017 – CFANS “Picnic on the Plaza! It was hot on the Plaza. Sun was right above us. Grace, Divek, and Brigitta volunteered with other Gopher Poultry Science Club members! Steve Olson from the Minnesota Turkey Growers Association visited our booth! Thanks, Steve!
September 8, 2017 – CFANS Student Activities Fair! Claire, Jason, Grace, and Divek volunteered with other Gopher Poultry Science Club members! It was great fun talking to incoming freshmen and other students about our club activities on campus!
August 24, 2017 – Claire Peichel and Shijina Manjankattil join as MS students to the Johny group. Welcome, Claire and Shijina!
August 2, 2017 – Dr. Johny attended the NE1442 multi-state poultry meeting in Athens, GA (July 31st – August 1st). He served as the Sr. Executive for this year’s meet. (Mike D (U. Connecticut), Janice Swanson (Michigan State U.), Marisa (Purdue U.), Harsha Thippareddi (U. Georgia), Diana (Auburn U.), Roger (U. Wisconsin, Madison), me (U. Minnesota, Tony (U. KY), Ken A. (NCSU), Garret (Deana’s student; USDA ARS, GA), Mike Persia (VT), Casey (USDA-ARS, GA), Kelley Wamsley (Mississippi State U.), John (Mississippi State U.), Ken K (UIUC), Richard (UIUC), Deana Jones (USDA ARS, GA), Jody Pursell (USDA ARS, MS), & Tom Vukina (NCSU). Great meeting! The photos are from the dinner when got together on Monday evening!
July 18, 2017 – Dr. Johny and his graduate students, Divek (doctoral candidate) and Grace (MS student), attended the Poultry Science Association Annual Meeting in Florida. Divek and Grace presented their research in oral and poster sessions.
July 10, 2017 – Divek successfully completed his preliminary exams. He is now a doctoral candidate.
June 28, 2017 – Dr. Johny presented his talk “Investigating Multiple Alternative Antimicrobial Interventions Against Multidrug-Resistant Salmonella Heidelberg in Poultry” in one of the Food Microbiology sessions entitled “Developing Solutions for Poultry Safety Amidst Antibiotic Regulations.” Dr. Cangliang Shen (West Virginia University), Dr. Jeremy Alder (Ecolab), and Dr. Deana Jones (USDA-ARS) were the other invited speakers in the symposium.
June 25, 2017 – Dr. Johny has been appointed the Secretary of the Food Microbiology Division for the 2017-2019 governance year.
June 25, 2017 – Divek Nair wins the First Place in the John Ayres Graduate Poster Competition at IFT second time. Congrats, Divek! Divek in front of his winning poster and with Dr. Peyman Fatemi, the Lead Competition Judge for John Ayres.
May 10, 2017 – Jijo Vazhakkattu Thomas, a graduate assistant in the lab, successfully defended his Master’s thesis. Congrats, Jijo!
April 26, 2017 – Divek Nair wins a Feeding Tomorrow Graduate Scholarship from the National IFT. Feeding Tomorrow recognizes scholarship recipients in Food Technology, on FeedingTomorrow.org and during the Feeding Tomorrow Student Celebration at IFT17. Congrats, Divek! (Divek with Wayne Scheck, the Scholarships Chair, MNIFT).
April 10, 2017 – Dr. Johny’s group with Dr. Mary Schmidl, the President of Minnesota Section IFT (Past President of the National IFT) at the Phi Tau Sigma Induction and Student Awards ceremony. Dr. Johny’s student Mr. Divek Nair won a Graduate Student Award and a section Travel Award to attend the national IFT meeting in Las Vegas. Dr. Johny received a service appreciation plaque from the MNIFT President for serving the Executive Board for 2 years (2015 – 2017).
April 1, 2017 – Dr. Johny spoke at the Classes Without Quizzes (CWQ) program organized by the CFANS Alumni Association on “Chicken Beauties in Our Backyards – Scope, Issues, and Future” where he discussed the current laws and ordinances, scope, diseases, nutrition, care, management, and future of the emerging urban backyard chicken culture in the United States. Please watch a 5-minute video clip here on the talk.
March 31, 2017 – Divek Nair and Grace Dewi got their scientific abstracts accepted at the PSA Annual Meeting that will be held in Orlando, Florida (July 2017).
March 25, 2017 – Divek Nair got his scientific abstract accepted at the IFT Annual Meeting that will be held in Las Vegas, Nevada (June 2017).
March 2017 – Former lab manager, Ms. Jennifer Hagen, accepted an offer from the Royal Veterinary College, London, for the Veterinary Medicine program. She will start in the fall of 2017. We are happy for Jennifer! She has been instrumental in setting up the laboratory since the beginning of 2014 until she left for a full-time job with the Research Animal Resources at the U.
February 16, 2017 – Former lab manager, Ms. Emma Bak, accepted an offer from the College of Veterinary Medicine, the University of Minnesota to the DVM program. She will start in the fall of 2017. We are happy for Emma!
January 31, 2017 – Jason Langlie joins Anup Johny lab as a lab intern. Welcome, Jason!
October 17, 2016 – Book Chapter published entitled, “Preharvest Food Safety – Potential Use of Plant-Derived Compounds in Layer Chickens” in the book “Producing Safe Eggs – Microbial Ecology of Salmonella” edited by Steven Ricke and Richard Gast for Associated Press (Elsevier).
October 14, 2016 – Dr. Johny’s research “Effect of Propionibacterium freudenreichii on Salmonella multiplication, motility, and association with avian epithelial cells” is published in Poultry Science.
September 22, 2016 – Divek Nair, the Ph.D. student in the lab, won the First Place at the Minnesota Nutrition Conference graduate research poster competition. The conference was held in Prior Lake, Minnesota.
July 19, 2016 – A symposium on “Alternative Approaches to Control Foodborne Pathogens,” a session sponsored by the Food Microbiology Division was held in N427D in McCormick Place in Chicago, 1:15 PM – 2:45 PM. We had four presenters, Dr. Venkitanarayanan, Professor of Food Microbiology from the University of Connecticut, Dr. Matthew Taylor, Associate Professor from Texas A&M, Dr. Amalaradjou, Assistant Professor of Food Microbiology from the University of Connecticut, and myself. Dr. Venkitanarayanan spoke on “Efficacy of Lactic Acid Bacteria in Reducing Listeria monocytogenes Biofilm on Abiotic Surfaces and Decreasing Its Persistence on Cantaloupes,” Dr. Taylor spoke on “Biopreservative Strategies for Controlling Non-O157 Shiga Toxin-Producing E. Coli in Fresh Beef,” Dr. Amalaradjou spoke on “Targeting Salmonella Through the Use of Direct Fed Microbials in Poultry Production,” and I spoke on ““Biocontrol of Antibiotic Resistance: Plant-Derived Compounds as Potential Alternatives.”
July 16, 2016 – Divek Nair wins the “John Ayres Graduate Poster Competition” at the Institute of Food Technologists annual meeting in Chicago for his research talk in the Food Microbiology Division. Earlier, he was selected as one of the six national finalists at the meeting (out of a total 138 abstracts submitted to the Division that underwent stringent peer-review process). Congrats Divek!
July 14, 2016 – Claire Peichel wins the “Certificate of Excellence” at the Poultry Science Association annual meeting in New Orleans for her research talk in Food Safety I. She is a UROP scholar at the U. Congrats Claire!
July 13, 2016 – U of M folks at the PSA annual meeting. We got together on Tuesday evening for a little chit and chat! Clockwise – Jim, Kent, Peggy, Anup, Sally, Greg, Tim’s wife, Tim’s kids, Tim, Divek and Claire.
June 26, 2016 – Divek Nair and Claire Peichel win travel awards to attend the Poultry Science Association annual meeting in New Orleans in July. Congratulations to Divek (2nd frame first from the left) and Claire (1st frame first from the left sitting)! http://www.poultryscience.org/awards.asp?autotry=true&ULnotkn=true
May 13, 2016 – Divek Nair wins the “the outstanding Ph.D. student award” in the Department of Animal Science, University of Minnesota. Congrats Divek!
May 13, 2016 – Tatum completes her Honors thesis project. Congrats Tatum! First honors thesis project from my laboratory.
May 9, 2016 – Tatum Odland and Alexandra Bakken are successful in procuring admission to the DVM program at the University of Minnesota. They will start this fall.
April 4, 2016 – Divek Nair and Claire Peichel get their scientific abstracts accepted at the PSA Annual Meeting that will be held in New Orleans (July 2016). Claire is in the Undergraduate student competition section.
January 17, 2016 – Jennifer Hagen got employed as an RAR animal care staff!
My lab group
November 23, 2015 – Lab member, Claire Peichel wins undergraduate research grants from the UROP program.
November 4, 2015 – With Dr. Sally Noll, one of the well-known turkey researchers/educationists in the world, at the Rosemount Turkey Research Farm!
August 26, 2015 – The Jefo Company Nutrition Poultry Tour 2015, Quebec, Canada – Dr. Johny presented here on “Alternative Antimicrobials in Poultry Production – Applied and Mechanistic Perspectives.”
July 14, 2015 – Near the IFT 2015 Entrance Logo
Expo Floor – 2015 IFT
July 14, 2015 – Symposium on “Emerging Pathogens and Novel Transmission of Pathogenic Microorganisms in Foods: Fact or Fiction?” Held on Tuesday, 7/14/2015, 10:30 am – 12:00 pm in S405, McCormick Place, South, Chicago. Speakers, from left, Drs. Guojie Cao (Univ. Maryland, College Park & FDA, Maryland), Henk Den Bakker (Texas Tech. Univ.), Mary Anne (UConn), Kumar Venkitanarayanan (UConn), Anup Kollanoor Johny (Univ. Minnesota, Twin Cities; Session Organizer (Chair) and Moderator) and Jim Dickson (Iowa State U. AAM Fellow)! Great turn out.
Divek and myself with Dr. Hassan Gourama (Penn State) in front of our poster at IFT annual meeting.
With my collaborator, Dr. Ranjith Ramanathan from Oklahoma State Univ., in front of our co-authored poster at IFT Annual Meeting yesterday!
With Dr. Mark Richards, Professor (Meat Science – Dept. of Animal Science, University of Wisconsin-Madison) during the Muscle Foods Poster session at the IFT Annual Meeting, Chicago 2015.
IFT Food Microbiology Division Executive Committee! With Drs. Amanda McKeith (far left, Fresno State, CA), followed by Peyman Fatemi, Faith Critzer (Univ. Tennessee), Valentina Trinetta (Ecolabs, MN), Matt Taylor (TAMU), Cangliang Shen (West Virginia Univ.) and Catherine Cutter (Penn State) at the McCormick Place, Chicago.
May 21, 2014 – Multistate Poultry Feeding and Nutrition Conference – Dr. Johny presented here on “Alternative Antimicrobials in Poultry Production'”
April 16, 2014 – Lab members, Alexandra Bakken and Tatum Odland win undergraduate research grants from the UROP program.
March 16, 2014 – Midwest Poultry Federation Convention, Saint Paul, MN – Dr. Johny presented here on “Potential Role of Essential Oils in Organic Poultry Production.”
February 1, 2014 – Jennifer Hagen joins me as the first student (lab intern)! With Jennifer and Wayne Martin, the extension educator.
December 2, 2013 – Dr. Johny joins the University of Minnesota as Assistant Professor – Poultry in the Department of Animal Science. Here cometh I, Minnesota, the Queen of the pristine great white North! Thanks for your welcoming snow!