Administration by Section

Director - Dr. Ernest Hovingh

Associate Director - Currently Vacant

Avian Pathology - Dr. Megan Lighty and Dr. Kayla Niel

Bacteriology/Mycology - Dr. Bhushan Jayarao

Histopathology - Dr. Ernest Hovingh

Mammalian Pathology - Dr. Dane Rahoi

Molecular Diagnostics - Dr. Maurice Byukusenge (interim)

Parasitology - Dr. Ernest Hovingh

Receiving - Dr. Megan Lighty

Serology, Avian - Dr. Megan Lighty

Serology, Mammalian - Dr. Padmaja Jakka (interim)

Virology, Avian - Dr. Padmaja Jakka (interim)

Virology, Mammalian - Dr. Padmaja Jakka (interim)

Clinical/Diagnostic Residents:

                                Avian Pathology Resident - Dr. Jonathan Elissa

Faculty

  • Assistant Clinical Professor

Areas of Expertise

  • Molecular Diagnostics – Infectious Diseases
  • Microbial Genomics and Bioinformatics
  • Epidemiology of Infectious Diseases – Study Design and Data analysis
  • Clinical Professor & Extension Veterinarian
  • Resident Director, Animal Diagnostic Lab
  • Veterinary Extension Team Leader

Areas of Expertise

  • Epidemiology
  • Biosecurity and Infectious Disease Management
  • Bovine Hoof Health, Mastitis, Milk Quality & Milking Equipment
  • Johne's Disease
  • On-farm Food Safety
  • Professor of Public Health
  • Bacteriology Section Head, PADLS-Penn State Animal Diagnostic Laboratory

Areas of Expertise

  • Diagnostic Microbiology
  • Veterinary Public Health
  • Food Safety
  • Epidemiology
  • New and Emerging Infectious Diseases
  • Associate Clinical Professor
  • Avian Diagnostic and Outreach Veterinarian

Areas of Expertise

  • Diagnostic pathology – avian species
  • Field diagnostic investigations – chickens, turkeys, upland gamebirds, waterfowl, hatchery, and processing
  • Emphasis on diagnosis, prevention, and control of infectious diseases of commercial poultry
  • Turkey production medicine, including clostridial diseases and reoviral hepatitis
  • Clinical Professor Emeritus
  • Avian Virologist

Areas of Expertise

  • Avian Virology- Isolation/Identification of Various Avian Viruses
  • Animal Models for Pathogenicity and Vaccine-Challenge Studies
  • Avian Influenza Virus Monoclonal Antibodies & Assays Development
  • Avian Reovirus Genotyping and Full Genomic Characterizations
  • NGS-Next Generation Sequencing in Diagnostic Virology
  • Molecular & Monoclonal-based Virology Assays Development
  • Biosensor and Nanotechnology Assays in Virus Detection
  • Assistant Clinical Professor
  • Avian Diagnostic and Outreach Veterinarian

Areas of Expertise

  • Diagnostic pathology - avian species
  • Field diagnostic investigations
  • Layer and layer breeder production medicine
  • Poultry and egg food safety

Staff

  • Research Technologist
  • Mammalian Pathology Services Manager

Post-Doctoral Scholars

  • • Post-Doctoral Scholar
  • • Immunology / PI, Dr. Suresh Kuchipudi
  • Post-Doctoral Scholar
  • ASI Genomics Lab / PI, Dr. Bhushan Jayarao

Animal Diagnostic Laboratory

Address

Wiley Lane
University Park, PA 16802
Directions

Hours: Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. After-hours submission available daily.

2024 Holiday Hours

  • Martin Luther King Jr. Day, January 15, 2024: Closed
  • Memorial Day, May 27, 2024: Closed
  • Juneteenth, June 1, 2024: Closed
  • Independence Day, July 4, 2024: Closed
  • Labor Day, September 2, 2024: Closed
  • Thanksgiving, November 28-29, 2024: Closed
  • Dec 24, Christmas Eve: Open 8am-12pm
  • Christmas Day, December 25, 2024: Closed
  • Holiday Break, December 26-27, 30-31 2024: Open 8am-12pm
  • New Years Day, January 1, 2025: Closed

Animal Diagnostic Laboratory

Address

Wiley Lane
University Park, PA 16802
Directions

Hours: Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. After-hours submission available daily.

2024 Holiday Hours

  • Martin Luther King Jr. Day, January 15, 2024: Closed
  • Memorial Day, May 27, 2024: Closed
  • Juneteenth, June 1, 2024: Closed
  • Independence Day, July 4, 2024: Closed
  • Labor Day, September 2, 2024: Closed
  • Thanksgiving, November 28-29, 2024: Closed
  • Dec 24, Christmas Eve: Open 8am-12pm
  • Christmas Day, December 25, 2024: Closed
  • Holiday Break, December 26-27, 30-31 2024: Open 8am-12pm
  • New Years Day, January 1, 2025: Closed