Jijo Vazhakkattu Thomas

Jijo Vazhakkattu Thomas is pursuing a MS degree with an emphasis in poultry microbiological safety. Jijo is working with Dr. Anup Kollanoor Johny, and his research is focused around an “alternative to antibiotics” approach to control zoonotic bacteria in poultry. Specifically, he is determining the efficacy of probiotics in preventing Salmonella Heidelberg colonization in turkeys, and is expected to graduate in the spring of 2017.

Jijo was born and brought up in the state of Kerala in South India which is famous for its beautiful backwaters, misty mountains, and spices. Kerala found its place in National Geographic’s 50 places to visit in a life time.  After completing his Bachelor’s in Veterinary Medicine, Jijo pursued higher studies in Animal Biotechnology. He also worked as a veterinarian for two years.

Apart from research Jijo is interested in playing cricket, soccer, volley ball, and is a diehard movie fan.