April 1, 2021
Chika Okafor to present Diagnostic Medicine/Pathobiology Seminar
Chika Okafor, assistant professor of biomedical and diagnostic sciences at the University of Tennessee, will present "Antibiotic Use in Food Animal and Effects on One Health" at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, April 1, via Zoom.
Okafor earned his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Nigeria, his master's degree and doctorate from Michigan State University, and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in nutritional epidemiology from the University of Guelph. Okafor is also a diplomat of the American College of Veterinary Preventative Medicine with specialty board certification in epidemiology. Presently, Okafor is an assistant professor and pre-harvest food safety epidemiologist in the Department of Biomedical and Diagnostic Sciences at the University of Tennessee Knoxville. Identifying patterns of antimicrobial use/resistance in veterinary medicine is Okafor’s primary research focus. Okafor’s team utilizes both qualitative and quantitative epidemiological methods and statistical analysis of large datasets to understand/prevent animal diseases — e.g. bovine anaplasmosis — and pre-harvest food safety issues — e.g. colibaillosis — associated with use of antibiotics. Okafor has published extensively on antimicrobial use practices in livestock and on disease that drive the increased use of antimicrobials in cattle. His long-term goal is to improve stewardship of antimicrobial use in food animals and veterinary medicine.