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Jason Evenhuis

Research Microbiologist

U.S. Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

NationalCenter for Cool and Cold Water Aquaculture

11861 Leetown Road

Kearneysville, WV25430

Voice: (304) 724-8340 x2135


Professional Biographical Information:

2008-Present               Research Microbiologist, USDA/ARS/NCCCWA

2007-2008                   Post-Doc, Microbiologist, USDA/ARS/NCCCWA

2001-2007                   Ph.D. in Microbiology, University of MississippiMedicalCenter

                                    Advisor: Dr. Norman Miller

1998-2000                                     M.S. in Animal Science, WashingtonStateUniversity

Advisor: Dr. Sandra Ristow

1996-1998                                     B.S. in Animal Science, WashingtonStateUniversity




International Society of Development and Comparative Immunology

World Aquaculture Society


Description of Research Interests:

Approximately 75% of loss in the trout industry is due to infectious disease. My research is focused on improving fish heath by modulating the intestinal immune system via oral administration of immune-stimulants, probiotics or immune-modulators.  These products may be used prior to disease onset or after disease occurrence in conjunction with antibiotic administration. Studies are underway to determine whether intestinal immune system modulation influences growth and fed conversion. We study and utilize genetic variation between fish families to develop breeding strategies that will select fish for increased responsiveness and thus reduced disease. Determining gut/environment interactions will lead to more effective ways of treating fish during disease outbreaks and identifying mucosal immunity mechanisms.