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Frank Edens

Professor — Physiology and Immunology


Dearstyne Avian Health Center 412


Area(s) of Expertise

Under the broad umbrella of environmental physiology, Dr. Edens’ research emphasis continues to explore stress and immunity in domestic fowl. Research approaches study stress incorporate endocrinology, neurophysiology, immunology, pathology and molecular biology associated with antioxidant influence on gene expression governing heat shock proteins, selenoproteins and antioxidant enzymes. Currently, his research focuses on the influence of different dietary selenium sources and levels in poultry focuses on the use of various dietary antioxidant supplements and how these might be used to improve performance of poultry. This research is highlighted by evaluation of the effect of the selenium and antioxidant sources on maintenance of cellular DNA integrity and gene expression.


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