Gita Cherian
OSU Campus
Department of Animal and Rangeland Sciences
122 Withycombe Hall
Corvallis, OR 97331
United States


The long-term goal of my research program is to better understand lipid metabolism in chicks so as to enhance their post-hatch growth and health along with producing wholesome foods for human consumption. Specifically, lipid modification strategies to: (1) investigate fatty acid metabolism during pre and early post-hatch in poultry, (2) investigate the role of maternal dietary lipids in modulating metabolic and cardiovascular disorders in progeny birds, and (3) develop value-added wholesome functional poultry foods were undertaken (or are in progress) through an OAES hatch project, the USDA-NRICGP, through the Agricultural Research Foundation or other private sources.


ANS 311 - Principles of Animal Nutrition
ANS 512 - Monogastric Nutrition
ANS 560 - Lipid and Lipoprotein Metabolism
ANS 501 - Research and Analytical Techniques
ANS 507 - Animal Sciences Seminar

ANS 320 - Principles of Companion Animal Nutrition (eCampus)



Ph.D. Poultry Nutrition, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada, 1993

M.Sc. Animal Nutrition, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada, 1985

BVSc. Bachelor of Veterinary Science (DVM), Kerala Agricultural University, India, 1979

I accept graduate students for Animal and Rangeland Sciences


Selected Refereed Publications (Last 5 years only, Total >75)

  1. Cherian, G., and N. Quezada. 2016. Egg quality, fatty acid composition and immunoglobulin Y content in eggs from laying hens fed full fat camelina or flax seed. J. Anim.Sci. & Biotechnol. J. Anim. Sci and Biotechnol.7:15-22. DOI 10.1186/s40104-016-0075-y.

  2. Panda, A.K., and G. Cherian. 2016. Tissue tocopherol status, meat lipid stability and serum lipids in broiler chickens fed Artemisia annua. Eur. J. Lipid Sci. Technol. (in press).

  3. Cherian, G. 2015. Nutrition and metabolism in poultry: role of lipids in early diet.  J.  Anim.Sci. & Biotechnol. 6:28-37. (Invited review) DOI10.1186/s40104-05-0029-9.

  4. Aziza, A. E., W. F. Awadin, N. Quezada and G. Cherian. 2014. Gastrointestinal morphology, fatty acid profile and production performance of broiler chickens fed camelina meal or fish oil. Europ. J. Lipid Sci. Technol. 116:1727-1733.

  5. Yigit, A. A., A. K. Panda, and G. Cherian. 2014. Avian embryo and antioxidant defense. World Poultry Sci.70:563-574.

  6. Panda, A. K., and G. Cherian. 2014. Role of vitamin E in counteracting oxidative stress in poultry. Jap. J. Poultry Sci. 51:109-114.

  7. Cherian, G., Orr, A., I. C. Burke, and W. Pan. 2013. Feeding Artemisia annua alters digesta pH and muscle lipid oxidation products in broiler chickens. Poultry Sci. 92:1085-1090.

  8. Aziza, A.E., A. K. Panda, N. Quezada, and G. Cherian. 2013. Apparent metabolizable energy, crude protein and fatty acid digestibility, egg quality and fatty acid composition of brown laying hens fed Camelina or Flaxseed meal. J. Appl. Poult. Res.22:832-841.
  9. Quezada, N., and G. Cherian. 2012. Lipid characterization and antioxidant status of the seeds and meals of Camelina sativa and flax. Eur. J. Lipid Sci. Technol. 114: 974-982.
  10. Ulmer-Franco, A. M., G. Cherian, N. Quezada, G. M. Fasenko, and L. M. McMullen. 2012. Hatching egg and newly hatched chick yolk sac total IgY content at three broiler breeder flock ages. Poult Sci. 91:758-764.
  11. Cappellozza, B. I.,  R. F. Cooke, D. W. Bohnert, G. Cherian, and J. A. Carroll. 2012. Effects of camelina meal supplementation on ruminal forage degradability, performance, and physiological responses of beef cattle. J Anim. Sci. 90: 4042-4054.
  12. Cherian, G. Essential fatty acids and early life programming in meat-type birds. 2011. World Poultry Sci. 67: 599-614.
  13. Gonzalez, D. J. Mustacich, M. G. Traber, and G. Cherian. 2011. Early feeding and dietary lipids affect broiler tissue fatty acids, vitamin E status, and cyclooxygenase-2 protein expression upon lipopolysaccharide challenge. Poult Sci. 90:2790–2800.
  14. Aziza, A. E., N. Quezada, and G. Cherian. 2010. Antioxidative effect of dietary  Camelina meal in fresh, stored or cooked broiler chicken meat. Poult. Sci. 89: 2711-2718.
  15. Hayat, Z., G. Cherian, T.N. Pasha, F.M. Khattak, and M.A. Jabbar. 2010. Sensory evaluation and consumer acceptance of eggs from hens fed flax seed and 2 different type of antioxidants. Poult. Sci. 88: 2293-2298.
  16. Aziza, A. E., N. Quezada, and G. Cherian. 2010.  Feeding Camelina sativa meal to meat-type chickens: Effect on production performance and tissue fatty acid composition. J. Appl. Poult. Res. 19: 157-168.
  17. Hayat, Z., G. Cherian, T. N. Pasha, F. M. Khattak, and M. A. Jabbar. 2010. Oxidative stability and lipid components of eggs from flax-fed hens: Effect of dietary antioxidants and storage. Poult. Sci. 89: 1285-1292.
  18. Cherian, G., and Z. Hayat. 2009. Long-term effects of feeding flaxseeds on hepatic lipid characteristics and histopathology of laying hens. Poult Sci. 88:2555-2561.
  19. Abd El-Hakim., A.S., G. Cherian, and M.N. Ali. 2009. Use of organic acid, herbs and their combination to improve the utilization of commercial low protein broiler diets. Intl. J. Poult. Sci. 8(1):14-20.
  20. Bautista-Ortega, J., D.E. Goeger, and G. Cherian. 2009. Egg yolk n-6 and n-3 fatty acids modify tissue lipid components, antioxidant status, and ex vivo eicosanoid production in chick cardiac tissue. Poult. Sci. 88:1167-1175.
  21. Cherian, G. 2009. Egg yolk conjugated linoleic acid alters phospholipid molecular species in chick tissues. Europ. J. Lipid Sci.Technol.111:546-552.
  22. Cherian, G., J. Bautista-Ortega, and D. E. Goeger. 2009. Maternal dietary n-3 fatty acids alter cardiac ventricle fatty acid composition, prostaglandin and thromboxane production in growing chicks. Prostaglandins, Leukot. Essent. Fatty Acids. 80:297-303.
  23. Cherian, G., A. Campbell, and T. Parker. 2009. Egg quality and lipid composition of eggs from hens fed Camelina sativa. J. Appl. Poult. Res. 18:43-150.

Book Chapters (Since 2008, Total 15)

1. Cherian, G. 2016. “Supplemental flax and  impact on n-3 and n-6 polyunsaturated fatty acids in eggs”. In: Egg innovation and strategies for improvement” P. Hester (ed). Elsvier (in press).

2. Cherian, G. 2015. Conjugated linoleic acids from eggs in health: lessons from animal models’ Chapter 5 In: Handbook of eggs in human function, R. R. Watson and F. De Meester (ed). Wageningen Academic Press. pp. 79-92.

3. Cherian, G. 2013. Egg enrichment with omega-3 fatty acids. Chapter 9 In: Food enrichment with omega-3 fatty acids. C. Jacobsen and N. Skall Nielsen (eds). Woodhead Publishing Ltd. Cambridge, UK. pp. 288-297.

4. Cherian, G. 2012. Modifying egg lipids for enhancing human health. Chapter 4 In: Fats and fatty acids in poultry nutrition and health. G. Cherian, and R. Poureslami (eds). CONTEXT  Products Ltd., Leicestershire, UK. pp. 57-68.

5. Cherian, G. 2012. Omega-3 fatty acids and the nutritional programming: Lessons from the avian model. Chapter 28 In: Bioactive foods as dietary interventions for liver and gastrointestinal disease. R. R. Watson (ed). Academic Press. Elsevier Inc. pp. 437-448.

6. Cherian, G. 2012. Camelina sativa in Poultry Diets: Opportunities and Challenges. Ch. 17 In: Biofuel Co-products as Livestock Feed: Opportunities and Challenges. Makkar, H.P.S (eds). Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations, Rome. pp: 303-310.

7. Cherian, G. 2011. Dietary Manipulation of Poultry to Develop Value-Added Functional Foods for Humans in: Animal Nutrition: Advancements in Feeds and Feeding of Livestock. L. Gupta and K.K. Singhal (eds). AGROBIOS (INDIA). Agrotech Publishing Academy,  Jodhpur, India. pp. 339-356.

8. Cherian, G. 2009. Eggs and Health: Nutrient Sources and Supplement Carriers. Chapter 16 in: Complementary and Alternative Therapies and the Aging Population. R.R. Watson (ed). Academic Press. pp. 333-346.

9. Cherian, 2008. Omega-3 fatty acids: Studies in avians. Chapter 13 in: Wild-Type Food in Health Promotion and Disease Prevention: The Columbus® Concept. F. De Meester and R.R. Watson (eds). Humana Press. pp. 169-178.

Books Edited

Cherian, G and R. Poureslami (eds). 2012. Fats and Fatty Acids in Poultry Nutrition and  Health. CONTEXT  Products Ltd., Leicestershire, UK.

Editor or Associate Editor of Journals

  1. Co-Section Editor (Metabolism and Nutrition), Poultry Science (2011-present).
  2. Associate editor (Journal of Applied Poultry Research) (2012-present).
  3. Associate editor, Poultry Science (2003-2011).

Awards and Honors

Walther H. Ott Professorship, Oregon State University, 2000

American Egg Board Research Award, 2008