Over the course of the summer, the Department of Poultry Science at Texas A&M University welcomed Yuhua and Morgan Farnell back to its faculty.

Dr. Yuhah Farnell joined the POSC faculty on Aug. 1 as an Instructional Assistant Professor. In this position, she will serve as instructor of record for POSC 308-Avian Anatomy and Physiology, POSC 609-Avian Physiology, and one section of ANSC 481-Senior Seminar. She is also developing a new techniques oriented graduate course that should be beneficial for POSC, ANSC, and FSTC graduate students. This course will be offered initially during the Spring semester of 2017.

Yuhah has a minor research appointment, and she intends to pursue her interests in molecular neurobiology, exosomes and circadian clocks. Prior to her transition to Texas A&M, she served on the faculty of the Department of Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Entomology, and Plant Pathology at Mississippi State University. She received her PhD in Genetics from the Animal Science Department at Texas A&M in 2002.

Dr. Morgan Farnell returned to the POSC faculty on June 1 as an Associate Professor of Poultry Microbiology, having previously been a faculty member there between 2005 and 2013. When he left Texas A&M in 2013, Morgan served as Associate Professor and Poultry Extension Program Leader for the department. For the past three years, Morgan was a faculty member in the Department of Poultry Science at Mississippi State.

His research interests/expertise includes rapid response strategies to emerging reportable diseases (exotic Newcastle Disease or high path Avian Influenza), development of humane methods of euthanasia of commercial poultry and evaluation of the host immune response to pathogen challenge. Morgan will serve as instructor of record for POSC 302-Avian Science Laboratory and POSC 649—Immunology. He received his PhD in Veterinary Microbiology from Texas A&M in 2003.