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Expectations of Acknowledgement or Authorship

Since our role in research involves generating a portion or all of the histologic specimens (blocks/slides) and/or histopathologic analysis for a given study, it is important for client laboratories to acknowledge the UD Comparative Pathology Laboratory or its staff in presentations and publications that result from our work.  While authorship is not required for work performed in our laboratory, inclusion of a certified pathologist or histotechnician may be beneficial for the purposes of manuscript preparation and peer-review.  Please consider authorship for the pathologist or histotechnician when our staff is significantly involved in experimental design and sample preparation, in generating a major portion of results and analysis, and/or in grant proposal and manuscript preparation.  We thank you in advance for acknowledging our efforts and contributing to the future success of our laboratory!

 Support for Writing for Grants or Publication

We are happy to contribute to collaborative grant applications or publications originating from work performed by our laboratory upon request.  This includes, but is not limited to, writing or consulting on budget preparation and sections related to materials and methods, results, analysis, or discussion involving histology and histopathology.

Recent Publications and Grants arising from work performed in the University of Delaware Comparative Pathology  Laboratory


, , , , . Gene expression profiling of the early pathogenesis of wooden breast disease in commercial broiler chickens using RNA-sequencing. PLOS ONE 13:12, pages e0207346, 2018.

Michael P. Babak, Erin M. Brannick, Carl J. Schmidt, Behnam Abasht. Evidence and Role of Phlebitis and Lipid Infiltration in the Onset and Pathogenesis of Wooden Breast Disease in Modern Broiler Chickens.  Avian Pathology, 2017.

Jack Gelb, Jr., Daral J. Jackwood, Erin M. Brannick and Brian Stewart LadmanEfficacy of Recombinant HVT-IBD Vaccines Administered to Broiler Chicks from a Single Breeder Flock at 30 and 60 Weeks of Age.  Avian Diseases, 60: 3, 603-612, 2016.

Marie F. Mutryn, Erin M. Brannick, Weixuan Fu, William R. Lee and Behnam Abasht. Characterization of a novel chicken muscle disorder through differential gene expression and pathway analysis using RNA-sequencing. BMC Genomics, 16: 399, 2015.

Rogers, A., E. Pritchett, R. Alphin, E. Brannick, and E. Benson. I. Evaluation of the impact of alternative light technology on male broiler chicken growth, feed conversion, and allometric characteristics. Poultry Science, 94, 408-414, 2015.

Rogers, A., E. Pritchett, R. Alphin, E. Brannick, and E. Benson. II. Evaluation of the impact of alternative light technology on male broiler chicken stress. Poultry Science, 94, 331–337, 2015.

Gelb, J. Jr., B. S. Ladman, C. R. Pope, J. M. Ruano, E. M. Brannick, D. A. Bautista, C. M. Coughlin, and L. A. Preskenis. Characterization of Nephropathogenic Infectious Bronchitis Virus DMV/ 1639/11 recovered from Delmarva broiler chickens in 2011. Avian Diseases, 57: 1, 65-70, 2013.


Dyer, R.M., T.F. Gressley, R. Arsenault, and E. Brannick.  5/16-6/17. UD CANR Seed Grant. $50,000. Crosslinkage between gut fermentation, adiposity and immune response activates mesenteric adipose depot inflammation in dairy cows.

Gelb, J. Jr., B. S. Ladman, and E. M. Brannick. (USPEA F065).  7/1/15-6/30/17. $71,979. Evaluation of Cross-Protection Provided by IBV Vaccination Programs vs. Challenge with Current U.S. Variant Viruses. U.S. Poultry & Egg Association (USPEA).    

Abasht, B. et al. USDA-NIFA. $500,000.  3/1/16-2/29/20. Genome-Wide Identification and Functional Validation of Genes Causing Susceptibility To Wooden Breast Disease In Commercial Broiler Chickens.

Gelb, J. Jr., B. Ladman, and E. Brannick. $71,979. 7/1/15-6/30/17. U.S. Poultry & Egg Association. Protection provided by multivalent infectious bronchitis virus vaccines against challenge with current U.S. strains and variants.

Brannick, E.M. and J. Gelb, Jr. UNIDEL. 02/15-01/16. $550,100 Virtual Microscopy- Collaborative Teaching, Research, & Outreach.

Abasht, B., E. Brannick, and C. Schmidt. U.S. Poultry & Egg Association (USPEA F059). 6/14-5/16. $57,919. Identifying the Onset of a Novel Muscle Disorder in Chickens through Differential Gene Expression and Histologic Analyses.

Gelb, J. Jr., B. Ladman. and E. Brannick. U.S. Poultry & Egg Association (USPEA
11A00887). 8/11-7/13, extension through 2/14. $70,734. Studies on the Efficacy of Recombinant HVT-IBD Vaccines.

Gelb, J. Jr., B. Ladman, and E. Brannick. U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA AI CAP Subaward Z541310, with University of Maryland). 2/11-1/13. $86,406. Viral Adaptation to Host Species-Effect of AIV Passage within a Host on Viral Populations and Sequence Changes FY11.