Department of Population Health, Poultry Diagnostic and Research Center
Adjunct Associate Professor

Avian Pathology


Research Interests

  • Pathobiology of Avian Influenza in wild birds and poultry
  • Understanding Focal Duodenal Necrosis in egg layers
  • Pathology and pathogenesis of avian diseases

Educational Background

  • Board Certification: Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Pathologists (2013)
  • PhD (2013), Veterinary Pathology, The University of Georgia
  • Residency in Veterinary Anatomic Pathology (2013), The University of Georgia
  • Board Certification: Diplomate of the American College of Poultry Veterinarians (2010)
  • Residency in Avian Diagnostics and Production Medicine (2009), University of California-Davis
  • DVM (2007), Faculdade de Ciências Agrárias e Veterinárias- Jaboticabal, Universidade Estadual Paulista Julio de Mesquita Filho (UNESP)


​Dr. França is involved in diagnostic pathology service to the poultry industry, research and teaching.

Selected Publications

Book Chapters

  • Crespo, R., Franca, M., Fenton, H and Shivaprasad H.L. Galliformes and Columbiformes. In: Pathology of Wildlife and Zoo Animals. Elsevier. 2018.
  • Franca, M., Shivaprasad, H.L. Aspergillosis. In: Diagnosis of Major Poultry Diseases. Servet. 2017.
  • Sanchez, S., Franca, M., Nemeth, N. Microbiological Hazards of Wild Birds and Free-Range Chickens. In: Food Safety Risks from Wildlife. Springer-Verlag. 89-130. 2016.
  • Okino, C.H., Montassier, M.F.S., Franca, M.S., Shivaprasad, H.L, Montassier, H.J., Santos, I.L., Rech, R.R. Main Challenges in Poultry Farming. Infectious Bronchitis. Servet. 2015.
  • Franca, M.S., Brown, J.D. Influenza Pathobiology and Pathogenesis in Avian Species. In: Current Topics in Microbiology and Immunology. Springer-Verlag. 385:221-42. 2014.

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