Dr. Bourassa is an extension specialist and assistant professor in the Department of Poultry Science. Her research focuses on poultry processing, microbiology, and food safety. Specifically, Dianna’s poultry processing research has included stunning and animal welfare, the effects of primary processing parameters on carcass microbiology, carcass sampling methods for foodborne pathogens, as well as the effects of farm interventions on fully processed carcasses. Her extension program includes supporting the Alabama poultry industry by providing education in areas such as stunning, welfare, food safety, and regulatory compliance. She has worked with programs such as 4-H and FFA.