Cobb announces new funding for research grants


Nine recipients have been named for the 2023 Cobb Research Initiative

Cobb is pleased to announce nine grant recipients in funding for the 2023 Cobb Research Initiative (CRI).

“We are excited to announce our first grant recipients for this new initiative and the partnerships that come from the developments of these projects,” said Dr. William Herring, Vice President of Research and Development, for Cobb. “Each proposal was carefully reviewed and we believe that the chosen recipients will help propel us forward not just in genetic progress, but in numerous areas including new innovative technologies and advanced research. We must find ways to control and prevent diseases, improve animal health and welfare outcomes, reduce production costs and enhance product quality while advancing sustainability needs. We thank all those that submitted their ideas and look forward to our rolling submission process moving forward.”

The CRI program was developed to help propel poultry genetics further by creating opportunities that bring together diverse scientific research disciplines to create advancements in global protein production. Innovations like artificial intelligence, data system collection and management, robotics, automation and application of biotechnology are all areas of focus in this initiative.

“Cobb, as a leading genetics company, is at the forefront of what we believe is the convergence of science, technology and animal health,” said Joyce J. Lee, President for Cobb. “This funding not only shows Cobb’s commitment to genetic progress, but our understanding that the demand for quality protein around the world will continue to increase with the global population. We will use innovative research, new technologies and data analysis to help further our genetic progress and answer key issues facing the global poultry industry.”

2023 grant recipients are listed below and you can learn more about the Cobb Research Initiative, including research priorities at

2023 Cobb Research Initiative Grant Recipients
Researcher Project Title Institution
Yang Zhao A vision-based precision livestock farming system for real-time detection of mating behaviors in broiler breeders University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture
Marian Dawkins Accelerating genetic progress through improved assessment of broiler chicken welfare, digital phenotyping and gut health University of Oxford
Allison N. Pullin Advancing animal welfare and health of broiler breeder pullets via innovative assessment of feed and water programs North Carolina State University
Guoming Li An artificial intelligence-assisted gait scoring system for individual broilers in group settings University of Georgia Research Foundation
Stephanie Richter BBAI: Broiler breeder development modeling and anomaly identification based on automated CT scan analysis Georgia Tech Research Institute
Breno Faragomeni Genomic selection as a tool to mitigate salmonella shedding in broilers University of Connecticut
Colin Usher High fidelity data collection and analytics for enhanced broiler breeder livability Georgia Tech Research Institute
Si Hong Park Investigation of reproductive tract of hen and deteriorated egg microbiome to increase the hatchability Oregon State University
Charlene Hanlon The impact of restricted feeding regimens on reproductive capacity and successful fertilization in broiler breeder flocks Auburn University


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