Dr. Dridi is a Professor of avian endocrinology and molecular genetics at the Department of Poultry Science at the University of Arkansas. He earned his BS in math and science in 1990, his engineering degree in animal sciences from ESAM in 1995, his master of advanced studies (MAS) in agronomic sciences, molecular and cellular biology from National Polytechnic Institute of Lorraine (INPL), France, in 1998, his Ph.D. in poultry science, Molecular and Cellular Biology from INPL and National Institute of Agronomic Research (INRA) France, in 2001, and his accreditation to supervise research in structural biology, biochemistry and cell signaling from the University of Paris XI (France) in 2012. Dr. Dridi served as a quality inspector in the poultry industry from 1995-1997, and he joined several national and international labs as a postdoc/main investigator, such as UNC at Chapel Hill (USA), University of Kentucky (USA), University of West Virginia (USA), Catholic University of Leuven (Belgium), University of Bordeaux (France) and National Veterinary Institute of Nantes (France). He is a member of various scientific associations such as the American Physiological Society, American Association for the Advancement of Science, Poultry Science Association, and World Poultry Science Association. Dr. Dridi authored more than 260 papers (original research manuscripts, abstracts, and book chapters) and co-edited the avian physiology book edition 7. He plays an active role in mentoring undergraduate and graduate students and molding the next generation of poultry scientists. He served as a Reviewer and Editorial Member of several scientific journals and more than 50 advisory committees.
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