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Farzana Ferdous

Animal and Veterinary Sciences Department

Office: 121 Pooled Agriculture Center


 Educational Background

PhD Biological Sciences
Clemson University, Clemson, SC (2014)

MS Animal Physilogy (Minor: Experimental Statistics)
Clemson University, Clemson, SC (2007)

BSc (Hons) Molecular Biology & Genetics
University of Guelph, Guelph, Ontario (2003)

 Research Interests

My research interests lie in the area of cellular and molecular biology, genetics, immunology, and bioinformatics. In particular I am interested in studying avian thrombocytes (platelets), and interaction of cancer/tumor cells with surrounding immune cells using techniques from cellular and molecular biology, genetics and immunology. I have been studying the role of avian thrombocytes as immune cells during my graduate studies and as a postdoc. Although these cells are traditionally known to be involved in blood clotting and the process of hemostasis, our lab has been able to establish its role as innate effects cell with possible role in bridging innate and adaptive immunity. In the past 2 years, I have started to examine inflammatory mediators or biomarkers released by different breast cancer cell lines when cultured independently and when co-cultured with a macrophage cell line with the objective to better understand the influence/effect of tumor associated macrophages on tumor cells. Recently, I am also interested in bioinformatics based projects that are looking at genome wide transcription of certain types of tissue/cell, SNP analysis, and differential expression of the transcriptome under different treatment or environmental conditions. I am particularly interested in the use of the genomic data to understand how it translates into full set of phenotypic trait(s) in an organism.


Ferdous, F., and T. Scott. 2015. Bacterial and viral induction of chicken thrombocyte inflammatory responses. Dev. Comp. Immunol. 49(2): 225-230. doi:
Ferdous, F., and T. R. Scott. 2015. A comparative examination of thrombocyte/platelet immunity. Immunol. Lett. 163(1): 32-39. doi:
Ferdous, F., and T. R. Scott. 2013. Evaluation of bacterial and viral toll-like receptor ligands stimulation of chicken thrombocyte inflammatory response. Poultry Science Association Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA, USA, July (2013)
Ferdous, F., D. Maurice, and T. Scott. 2008. Broiler chick thrombocyte response to lipopolysaccharide. Poult. Sci. 87(1): 61-63. doi: 10.3382/ps.2007-00356