National Avian Research Facility
National Avian Research Facility


NARF provides resources for a wide range of poultry research, such as genome engineering, immunology, behaviour, developmental biology and genetics.

Genome engineering facilities including primordial germ cell (PGC) technology

Genome engineering technologies can create precise changes to the genome, creating novel avian models for biomedical and agricultural research.

Behaviour, physiology and welfare of commercially relevant poultry breeds

Physiological and neuroendocrine control of avian reproduction and growth, and improving welfare of commercially relevant poultry breeds.

Host-pathogen interactions

Understanding the role of host and pathogen factors in the outcome of infections in chickens to develop knowledge-driven strategies for disease control.


Surface view of the bursal mucosa with fluorescent proteins expressing M-cells.
Improving our understanding of the development, organisation and functions of the avian immune system.
Understanding the genetic architecture of complex traits in poultry.
The chicken embryo as an experimental system to understand vertebrate development and congenital conditions.