Joseph J. Giambrone earned a bachelor's degree in Animal Science from the University of Delaware in 1972 and a Master's degree in 1974 from the same institution. In 1977 he completed a Ph.D. degree from the University of Georgia in Microbiology. In the same year he was appointed an Assistant Professor in the Poultry Science Department at Auburn University. In 1980 he became an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of the Microbiology in the College of Veterinary Medicine. He was appointed a member of the Graduate Faculty and Associate Professor with tenure in 1983. He served as a visiting scientist for 6 months at the CSIRO Division of Animal Health, Parkville, Australia in 1987. In 1989 he was appointed to Full Professor. In 1993 he was a visiting scientist in the Animal Health Research Institute, Cairo, Egypt for a month. In 1996 and again in 1997, he was a visiting scientist for 1 month in the China Agricultural University, Beijing, China. Since coming to Auburn, Dr.Giambrone has been involved in teaching, research, and extension in the area of Poultry Health. Dr. Giambrone teaches an undergraduate and graduate course in Poultry Health, and a graduate course in Laboratory Techniques in Molecular Virology. He has directed numerous undergraduate and graduate students' research, who have gone on to careers in Laboratory Diagnostics, Pharmaceutical Laboratory research, and Academics. Dr. Giambrone developed the first CD ROM in Poultry Health and Diseases, which is available from Elsevier, Inc. (www.elsint.com).
Dr. Giambrone has won numerous awards from the Poultry Industry, Auburn University, and various Scientific Societies for his research on the diagnosis, control, and prevention on economically important diseases of Poultry. He has published 125 articles in Scientific and Industry Journals. He has given 100 scientific presentations in the US as well as numerous countries around the world. His research has received nearly $2,000,000 in extramural funding.
Dr. Giambrone's current research is on viral diseases of young chickens. He is working on infectious bursal disease virus and reoviruses infections. These viruses cause common infections, which can result in morbidity, mortality, and/ or immunosuppression in young chickens. He has developed improved diagnostic techniques to detect the presence of these viruses in chickens using the latest molecular biological techniques such as monoclonal antibodies, recombinant probes, the polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test and sequencing of nucleic acids. Dr. Giambrone has used these reagents and procedures to develop immunoperoxidase assays, in situ hybridization assays, PCR restriction fragment length polymorphism tests, and in situ PCR hybridization tests. He has also used conventional virological techniques to develop and/or test the efficacy of vaccines against these important viral diseases of chickens.