Dr. Igal Pevzner, broiler geneticist with Cobb-Vantress, has been recognized with the 2015 Poultry Science Association Distinguished Poultry Industry Career Award, sponsored by U.S. Poultry & Egg Association (USPOULTRY). The award was presented during the annual Poultry Science Association meeting in Louisville, Ky, by Larry Brown, retired USPOULTRY vice president of education.

The Distinguished Career Award recognizes distinctive, outstanding contributions by an industry leader. In addition to sponsoring the award, USPOULTRY also makes an annual contribution to the Poultry Science Association Foundation on behalf of the award recipient.

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“U.S. Poultry & Egg Association is proud to honor industry leaders exemplified by Dr. Pevzner,” said John Starkey, president of USPOULTRY. “He is widely recognized for his many years of work and contributions in poultry genetics. It is this kind of service that has helped make the poultry industry the most efficient and productive segment of modern animal agriculture.”

Pevzner received a BS and MS degree in Agriculture from Hebrew University and a PhD in Animal Breeding from Iowa State University under the direction of A.W. Nordskog. Pevzner credits his scientific accomplishments in the area of poultry genetics to Nordskog’s great scientific leadership and brilliant mind. Pevzner’s research at Iowa State University centered on breeding of layer chickens, and his major accomplishment was the identification of IR-GAT, an immune response gene with a powerful effect on general livability. Pevzner joined Cobb-Vantress in 1990, where he is still serving as broiler geneticist. He has been responsible for breeding commercial and experimental meat lines designed to meet the ever-changing needs of the poultry industry.