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Paul D Ebner

Animal Sciences 

  • Associate Professor of Animal Sciences
LILY Room 3-230
915 W. State St.
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2054

Area of Expertise: Microbiology

Education: B.A., Kalamazoo College; M.S. and Ph.D., University of Tennessee
Post-doctoral Training: NIH NRSA Postdoctoral Fellowship, LSU Health Sciences Center

Research Program

CAFOs - Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations

Organic and Alternative Livestock Production Systems

Food Animal Education Network

News Releases

Taking on a Leadership Role: Purdue Ag scientists work for the good of people - and animals - Purdue Agricultures magazine, Winter 2013

Ag Research Spotlight: Paul Ebner - Agricultural Research at Purdue, January 2013

It's not just about animals: Research benefits extend to human health - Purdue Agricultures magazine, Winter 2011

Animal Agriculture is focus of Purdue Ag Forecast discussion - Purdue News, January 2011

Proper antibiotic use helps prevent livestock disease - Purdue News, March 2010

Purdue launches CAFO Web site to aid decision makers - Purdue News, August 2007; the CAFO website is located at

Awards & Honors

(2012) National Engagement Leadership Development 2012 Class. National Engagement Leadership Development.

(2010) PUCESA Team Award. Purdue University.

(2010) TEAM Award. College of Agriculture.

(2009) PUCESA Team Award. PUCESA.

(2009) Service Learning Fellow. Purdue University.

Selected Publications

Hong, Y., Pan, Y., & Ebner, P. D. (in press). Development of bacteriophage treatments to reduce E. coli O157:H7 contamination of beef products and produce. Journal of Animal Science.

Ebner, P. D., & Howe, K. (2012). Foodborne Illness Trends in the United States.

Clark, S., Daly, R., Jordan, E., Mathew, A., & Ebner, P. D. (in press). Enhancing Educational Approaches for Future Changes in Biosecurity and Antibiotic Use in Animal Agriculture. Journal of Animal Science.

Ebner, P. D., & Hayes, S. (2012). Proper Preparation is Essential for Food Safety.

Ebner, P. D. (in press). Animal Health. In Animal Science and Industry.

Wall, S. K., Zhang, J., Rostagno, M. H., & Ebner, P. D. (2010). Phage Therapy To Reduce Preprocessing Salmonella Infections in Market-Weight Swine. Applied and Environmental Microbiology, 76(1), 48-53.

Zhang, J., Wall, S. K., Li, X., & Ebner, P. D. (2010). Contamination rates and antibiotic resistance patterns in conventionally raised vs. grass-fed beef samples. Foodborn Pathogens and Disease, 7(11), 1331-1336.

Zhang, J., Kraft, B. K., Pan, Y., Saez, A. C., & Ebner, P. D. (2010). Development of an anti-Salmonella phage cocktail with increased host range. Foodborne Pathogens and Disease, 7(11), 1415.

Ebner, P. D. (2010). Salmonella Transmission, Dissemination, Colonization and Control. Midwest Swine Nutrition Conference, 44-49.

Rostagno, M. H., & Ebner, P. D. (in press). Incidence of foodborne pathogens in organic pork. In Organic Meat Production and Processing.