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Tom Scott

Dean Emeritus
CAFLS Administration Office, CAFLS Student Services, Animal and Veterinary Sciences Department, Biological Sciences Department, Experiment Station

Office: 124 P&A
Phone: 864-656-6969
Personal Website:


 Educational Background

PhD Poultry Science
University of Georgia 1983

MS Poultry Science
Louisiana State Univ 1979

BS Zoology
Louisiana State Univ 1976

 Courses Taught

CAFLS Plus (Professional Development & Leadership)- AVS 2020/2021
Animal Health - AVS 3100
Basic Immunology - AVS 4140/6140
Creative Inquiry (Thornwell Farm Project)- AVS 4910
Advise undergraduate and graduate students


Professional society activity: Alpha Epsilon Delta,Sigma Xi,Gamma Sigma Delta,Blue Key – Honorary Member, 2003, Golden Key – Honorary Member

Honors and awards: 2014 South Carolina Advocate for Agriculture Award, 2013 Honorary America FFA Degree Award
, 2013 John W. Parris Agricultural Leadership Award, 2012 Collegiate FFA Advocate for Agriculture Award, 2010 Clemson University Board of Trustees Award for Faculty Excellence

ESCOP/ACOP Leadership Program, Class 6, 1996-1997
Food Systems Leadership Institute, Cohort 9, 2013-2015

 Research Interests

Primary research efforts are with immunity of poultry species with an emphasis on studying the immune capacity of circulating thrombocytes of chickens. Inflammatory responses of thrombocytes have been determined after exposure of the cells to Toll-like receptor ligands with the observation of changes in gene expression and inflammatory mediator release. Other research interests include acute phase proteins, modulation of signal pathways influencing cancer and recovery of bioactive molecules from animal organs/tissues. Further, a recombinant protein produced in the laboratory is patented for treatment of certain cancers and is being evaluated for efficacy. Recently, a project examining omics of farm animals has been added to discover improved methods for genetic evaluations.


Ferdous, F. and T. Scott, 2015. A comparative examination of thrombocyte/platelet immunity. Immunol. Lett. 163:32-39.

Ferdous, F. and T. Scott, 2014. Bacterial and viral induction of chicken thrombocyte inflammatory responses. Dev. Comp. Immunol. 49:225-230.

Leaphart, A.B., T. R. Scott, S.D. Chambers, W.C. Bridges Jr., and A.K. Greene, 2012. Investigation of avian influenza vrial ribonucleic acid destruction in poultry co- products under rendering conditions. Appl. Poult. Res. 21:719-725.

Margie M. Peden-Adams, Joyce E. Stuckey, Kristen M. Gaworecki, Jennifer Berger- Ritchie, Kathy Bryant, Patrick G. Jodice, Thomas R. Scott, Joseph B. Ferrario, Bing Guan, Craig Vigo, J. Scott Boone, W. David McGuinn, Jamie C. DeWitt, Deborah E. Keil, 2009. Developmental Toxicity in White Leghorn Chickens Following In Ovo Exposure to Perfluorooctane Sulfonate (PFOS). Repro. Toxicol. 27:307-318

Duffy, D.M., S.M. Garrett, S.E. Ellis, and T.R. Scott, 2008. Influence of supramammary lymph node extract on cell growth in vitro. Cell Prolif. 41:299-309.

Ferdous, F., D.V. Maurice, and T.R. Scott, 2008. Broiler chick thrombocyte response to lipopolysaccharide. Poult. Sci. 87:61-63.

Scott, T.R. and M. D. Owens, 2008. Thrombocytes respond to lipopolysaccharide through Toll-like receptor-4, and MAP kinase and NF-κB Pathways leading to expression of interleukin-6 and cyclooxygenase-2 with production of prostaglandin E2. Mol. Immunol. 45:1001-1008.