The Shellfish Pathology Program in the Department of Clinical Sciences, College of Veterinary Medicine, leads research, education, and extension programs focused on understanding and managing pathogen and disease impacts to shellfish aquaculture and fisheries. The program is led by Dr. Tal Ben-Horin and works closely with the shellfish aquaculture industry and regulators to support biosecurity and sustainable aquaculture in the state. The laboratory offers field consultations and all diagnostic services and reporting required for interstate shellfish transport.

Ongoing research in the lab includes:

Collaborators include shellfish growers, the North Carolina Division of Marine Fisheries, Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management, the Nature Conservancy, the USDA Agricultural Research Service, Virginia Institute of Marine Science, Rutgers University, University of Rhode Island, and Brown University.

Perkinsus sp. hypnospores in iodine-stained oyster tissue. Photo: C. Dungan