Abhinav Upadhyay

Assistant Professor- Food Science, Food Microbiology, Preharvest and postharvest poultry safety

Dr. Abhinav UpadhyayContact

   Office Phone: 860-486-6585

   Email: Abhinav.Upadhyay@uconn.edu
  Office: Agricultural Biotechnology Building, Room 220C

   Lab: Agricultural Biotechnology Building, Room 233

   Lab Phone: 860-486-6617




  • Ph.D. (Animal Science), University of Connecticut, 2014
  • M.V.Sc. (Veterinary Microbiology), RAJUVAS, Bikaner, Rajasthan, India, 2009
  • B.V.Sc. (Doctor of Veterinary Medicine), Pondicherry University, Pondicherry, India, 2007
Before taking up his current position at UConn, Dr. Upadhyay worked at the Center of Excellence for Poultry Science, University of Arkansas as a postdoctoral research associate and as research cooperator for Poultry Production and Product Safety Research Unit, USDA-ARS, Fayetteville, AR.


Classes Taught

SAAS 271 Intro to Poultry Industry
ANSC 2271 Principles of Poultry Science
SAAS 375 Management Skills and Practices - Poultry

Research Interests

  • Developing effective intervention strategies for controlling foodborn pathogens - "farm-to-fork" food safety
    • Reducing pathogen survival in poultry gut
    • Controlling the persistence of foodborn pathogens in the processing environment
    • Inactivation of pathogens in food products
    • Reducing the infection process of foodborne pathogens in humans
  • Improving preharvest and postharvest poultry safety and production
  • Identification of novel antimicrobials for controlling foodborne pathogens
  • Developing novel carriers for improving the delivery and efficacy of antimicrobials


  • Poultry Science Association (PSA) Early Achievement Award for Research, 2020. https://poultryscience.org/About-Awards-2020
  • USDA-ARS innovation award for comparative bacterial proteomic analysis of chicken gut microbiota, 2018.
  • USDA-ARS Innovation award for developing antibiotic alternatives for controlling foodborne pathogens and diseases in poultry, 2017.
  • USDA-ARS fellowship for developing and characterizing novel chicken enterocyte culture system for testing antibiotic alternatives, 2016.
  • Z. John Ordal research award from the Institute of Food Technologists for developing mitigation strategies against Listeria monocytogenes biofilms, 2013.
  • Animal Science outstanding graduate student award, 2013.
  • Nutmeg Institute of Food Technologists scholarship for his work on using essential oils and probiotics for controlling Listeria monocytogenes, 2012.

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Recent Publications

Google Scholar: https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=w-8h4uIAAAAJ&hl=en

ORCID ID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-6064-4858

Xue, J., Luo, Y., Balasubramanian, B., Upadhyay, A., Li, Z. and Luo, Y., 2021. Development of novel biopolymer-based dendritic nanocomplexes for encapsulation of phenolic bioactive compounds: A proof-of-concept study. Food Hydrocolloids, p.106987.

Gupta, A., Bansal, M., Liyanage, R., Upadhyay, A., Rath, N., Donoghue, A. and Sun, X., 2021. Sodium butyrate modulates chicken macrophage proteins essential for Salmonella Enteritidis invasion. Plos one16(4), p.e0250296.

Upadhyay, A., Nair, M.S., Yin, H., Liu, Y. and Venkitanarayanan, K., 2021. Application of natural antimicrobial coating for controlling food-borne pathogens on meat and fresh produce. In Handbook of Modern Coating Technologies (pp. 321-345). Elsevier.

Gupta, A., Bansal, M., Wagle, B., Sun, X., Rath, N., Donoghue, A. and Upadhyay, A., 2020. Sodium Butyrate Reduces Salmonella Enteritidis Infection of Chicken Enterocytes and Expression of Inflammatory Host Genes in vitro. Frontiers in Microbiology11, p.2309.

Wagle, B.R., Donoghue, A.M., Shrestha, S., Upadhyaya, I., Arsi, K., Gupta, A., Liyanage, R., Rath, N.C., Donoghue, D.J. and Upadhyay, A., 2020. Carvacrol attenuates Campylobacter jejuni colonization factors and proteome critical for persistence in the chicken gut. Poultry Science99(9), pp.4566-4577.

Wagle, B.R., Marasini, D., Upadhyaya, I., Shrestha, S., Arsi, K., Donoghue, A.M., Carbonero, F., Donoghue, D.J., Maas, K. and Upadhyay, A., 2020. Draft genome sequences of Campylobacter jejuni strains isolated from poultry. Microbiology resource announcements9(7), pp.e01272-19.

Upadhyaya, I., Arsi, K., Fanatico, A., Wagle, B.R., Shrestha, S., Upadhyay, A., Coon, C.N., Schlumbohm, M., Trushenski, J., Owens-Hanning, C. and Riaz, M.N., 2019. Bigheaded carp-based meal as a sustainable and natural source of methionine in feed for ecological and organic poultry production. Journal of Applied Poultry Research28(4), pp.1131-1142.

Wagle, B.R., Arsi, K., Shrestha, S., Upadhyay, A., Upadhyaya, I., Bhargava, K., Donoghue, A. and Donoghue, D.J., 2019. Eugenol as an antimicrobial wash treatment reduces Campylobacter jejuni in postharvest poultry. Journal of Food Safety39(6), p.e12704.

Wagle, B.R., Upadhyay, A., Shrestha, S., Arsi, K., Upadhyaya, I., Donoghue, A.M. and Donoghue, D.J., 2018. Pectin or chitosan coating fortified with eugenol reduces Campylobacter jejuni on chicken wingettes and modulates expression of critical survival genes. Poultry science.

Nair, M.S., Upadhyay, A., Fancher, S., Upadhyaya, I., Dey, S., Kollanor-Johny, A., Zhao, J. and Venkitanarayanan, K., 2018. Inhibition and Inactivation of Escherichia coli O157: H7 biofilms by Selenium. Journal of food protection, 81(6), pp.926-933.

Upadhyay, A., Arsi, K., Wagle, B.R., Upadhyaya, I., Shrestha, S., Donoghue, A.M., & Donoghue, D.J. 2017. Trans-Cinnamaldehyde, carvacrol, and eugenol reduce Campylobacter jejuni colonization factors and expression of virulence genes in vitro. Frontiers in Microbiology, 8, 713.

Upadhyay, A., Arsi, K., Upadhyaya, I., Donoghue, A.M., Donoghue, D.J. 2017. Natural and environmentally friendly strategies for controlling Campylobacter jejuni colonization in poultry, survival in poultry products and infection in humans. Accepted in: Food Safety in Poultry Meat Production, Springer Publishing Group.

Wagle, B.R., Upadhyay, A., Arsi, K., Shrestha, S., Venkitanarayanan, K., Donoghue, A.M. and Donoghue, D.J., 2017. Application of β-resorcylic acid as potential antimicrobial feed additive to reduce campylobacter colonization in broiler chickens. Frontiers in microbiology, 8, p.599.

Bhattaram, V., Upadhyay, A., Yin, H.B., Mooyottu, S. and Venkitanarayanan, K., 2017. Effect of Dietary Minerals on Virulence Attributes of Vibrio cholerae. Frontiers in microbiology, 8, p.911.

Mooyottu, S., Flock, G., Upadhyay, A., Upadhyaya, I., Maas, K. and Venkitanarayanan, K., 2017. Protective effect of carvacrol against gut dysbiosis and clostridium difficile associated disease in a mouse model. Frontiers in microbiology, 8, p.625.

Hobbies/ Non-Academic Interests

  • Sports- Badminton, Cricket, Tennis, Soccer
  • Reading, movies, music and cooking

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