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Animal Sciences Professor Dr. Gireesh Rajashekara recognized as CFAES Distinguished Graduate Student Mentor

April 11, 2024
Dr. Gireesh Rajashekara works closely with students in the benchtop setting

Animal Sciences Professor Dr. Gireesh Rajashekara has been recognizes as the 2024 College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences Distinguished Graduate Student Mentor.

Gireesh’s research team is focused on studying animal health and zoonotic disease problems in food-producing animals using “One Health” approaches. Specifically, the emphasis is on the discovery of novel antimicrobials/probiotics and antimicrobial peptides to control foodborne and animal pathogens.

Dr. Rajashekara is a highly productive researcher and more than 140 peer-reviewed publications and with multiple patents. Beyond his work as a researcher, Gireesh is an impactful mentor for students working in the field of Animal Sciences.

As an advisor, he has mentored 12 Ph.D., 7 M.S., 10 postdoctoral associates, many undergraduate students and visiting scholars. He promotes interdisciplinary collaborative research, with the group working under his direction having a rich diversity being from more than 20 countries.

He is highly committed to his trainees developing a foundation while working with him for their future professional success. Please join us in congratulating Dr. Gireesh Rajashekara on his recognition as the 2024 CFAES Distinguished Graduate Student Mentor.