Photo of Don ConnerDonald Conner

Department Head and Professor — Poultry Science

Department of Poultry Science

Education

Ph.D., Food Science — University of Georgia
M.S., Food Science — University of Georgia
B.S., Food Science — University of Georgia

Professional Experience

2002-present Department Head and Professor Dept. of Poultry Science, Auburn University, Auburn, AL
1998-present Professor Dept. of Poultry Science, Auburn University, Auburn, AL
1994-98 Associate Professor Dept. of Poultry Science, Auburn University, Auburn, AL
1989-94 Assistant Professor Dept. of Poultry Science, Auburn University, Auburn, AL
1989 Research Microbiologist National Food Processors Association, Washington, D.C.
1987-89 Project Microbiologist National Food Processors Association, Washington, D.C.
1981-86 Graduate Research Assistant Dept. of Food Science, University of Georgia, Athens, Griffin

ADMINISTRATIVE LEADERSHIP POSITIONS

2002-present Department Head Department of Poultry Science, Auburn University
2001 Interim Department Head Department of Poultry Science, Auburn University
1999-2001 Interim Director Poultry Products Safety & Quality Program, Auburn University
1994-99 Graduate Program Officer Department of Poultry Science, Auburn University

Honors and awards

2013-15 Fellow, Food Systems Leadership Institute, Cohort 9
2010-present Chair, Food Safety Scientific Advisory Council, United Egg Producers
2005-present Executive Board, East Alabama Food Bank
2010-present Selected as Food Safety Expert, The Center for Food Integrity
2006 Selected as Food Safety Expert “Champion,” Poultry Science Association
2005 Honorary FFA Degree
1997-98 Participant in ESCOP/ACOP Leadership Program

Professional Affiliations

Poultry Science Association
Worlds Poultry Science Association
Institute of Food Technologists
International Association for Food Protection

Research Activities

Microbiological Safety and Quality of Poultry and Other Foods. Intervention Strategies for Foodborne Pathogens such as Salmonella, Campylobacter and Listeria.

Extension Activities

Certified Lead HACCP Instructor, International HACCP Alliance.

Select Publications

  • Conner, D.E., Singh, M., Macklin, K.S. and Hess, J.B., 2013. Impact of processing equipment and facilities material on establishment and persistence of foodborne pathogens. In Proc. XXIth European Symposium on the Quality of Poultry Meat and the XVth European Symposium on the Quality of Eggs an Egg Products, Bergamo, Italy. 6 pp.
  • Conner, D.E, S.F. Bilgili and A.L Martin. 2010. University Education Opportunities for Poultry Science Students in the United States. In: CD of Proceedings, XIII European Poultry Conference, 23-27 Aug., Tours, France (EISSN number: 1743-4777).
  • Conner, D.E, and A.L Martin. 2010. Successful Education of Undergraduate Students in a
  • Poultry Science Curriculum. In: CD of Proceedings, XII European Poultry Conference, 23-27 Aug., Tours, France (EISSN number: 1743-4777).
  • Thanissery, R. J. L. McReynolds, D. E. Conner, K. S. Macklin, P. A. Curtis, and Y. O. Fasina. 2010. Evaluation of the efficacy of yeast extract in reducing intestinal Clostridium perfringens levels in broiler chickens. Poult. Sci. 89: 2380-2388.
  • Davis, M.A., M. Singh, and D.E. Conner. 2010. Poultry-borne pathogens: plant considerations. Chapter 9 (pp. 175-203), In: C.M. Owens, C.Z. Alvarado, and A.R. Sams (eds.) Poultry Meat Processing-2nd Edition. Taylor and Francis Publishing, Boca Raton, FL.
  • Oyarzabal, O.A., J.W. Fergus, S.R. Miller, W.F. Gale, and D.E. Conner. 2009. Reductions in Escherichia coli, coliforms, aerobic plate counts and Campylobacter jejuni by a small-scale, high-pressure system devised to clean a miniaturized poultry giblet transport system. J. Food Safety 29:650-660.
  • Paiva, D.M., M. Singh, K.S. Macklin, S.B. Price, J.B. Hess and D.E. Conner. 2009. Antimicrobial activity of commercial concrete sealant against Salmonella spp: a model for poultry processing plants. Int. J. Poultry Sci. 10: 939-945.
  • Gurtler, J. B., and D.E. Conner. 2009. Survival and growth of Salmonella Enteritidis in liquid egg products varying by temperature, product composition, and carbon dioxide concentration. Foodborne Path. Dis. 6:1-8 (DOI:10.1089/fpd.2008.0202)
  • Conner, D.E., R.A. Voitle, and V.K. Kretzschmar. 2008. Assessment of an undergraduate poultry science curriculum. In: Proc. XXIII World’s Poultry Congress, June 30-July 4, Brisbane, Australia. 3 pp.
  • Conner, D. E., 2008. Poultry Industry in Alabama. In: Encyclopedia of Alabama. http://www.encyclopediaofalabama.org/face/Article.jsp?id=h-1650
  • Davis, A.L., P.A. Curtis, D.E. Conner, S.R. McKee and L.K. Kerth. 2008. Validation of cooking methods using shell eggs inoculated with Salmonella serotypes Enteritidis and Heidelberg. Poultry Science 87: 1637-1642.
  • Fasina, Y.O., P.S. Holt, E.T. Moran, R.W. Moore, D.E. Conner and S.R. McKee. 2008. Intestinal cytokine response of commercial source broiler chicks to Salmonella Typhimurium infection. Poultry Science 87: 1335-1346.
  • Mai, T.L. and D.E. Conner, 2007. Effect of temperature and growth media of the attachment of Listeria monocytogenes to stainless steel. Int. J. Food Microbiol. 120: 282-286.
  • Davis, M.A. and D.E. Conner. 2007. Antimicrobial effects of Pseudomonas aeruginosa on survivability and recovery of Campylobacter jejuni on poultry products. Poultry Science 86: 760-764.
  • Davis, M.A. and D.E. Conner. 2007. Survival of Campylobacter jejuni on poultry skin and meat at varying temperatures. Poultry Science 86: 765-767.
  • Mai, T.L., N.I. Sofyan, J.W. Fergus, W.F. Gale and D.E. Conner. 2006. Attachment of Listeria monocytogenes to an austenitic stainless steel after welding and accelerated corrosion treatments. J. Food Protection 69: 1527-1532.
  • Conner, D.E. and C.B. Wakefield, 2006. Incidence of Salmonella in processed broilers following transport in contaminated coops. In: Proc. XII European Poultry Congress, September 10-14, Verona, Italy. Posted at: http://131.204.112.40:4001/fullpapers/10384.pdf
  • Sofyan, N.I., T.L Mai, D.E. Conner, J.W. Fergus and W.F. Gale. 2006. Attachment of Listeria monocytogenes to an austenitic stainless steel with three different types of surface finish. Food Protection Trends 26 (12): 926-929.