Faculty

 

Danika L. Bannasch - Associate Professor, Department of Population Health and Reproduction - School of Veterinary Medicine

Research Interests: Molecular basis of inherited diseases in companion animals; developing polymorphic markers for the canine Y chromosomes to understand the relationship between different dog breeds.

E-mail: dlbannasch@ucdavis.edu

Website: http://faculty.vetmed.ucdavis.edu/faculty/dlbannasch

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Rebecca R. Bellone - Visiting Associate Professor, Veterinary Genetics Laboratory and Department of Population Health and Reproduction-School of Veterinary Medicine

Research Interests: Pigmentation biology; hereditary ocular disorders; equine genomics and genetics.

E-mail: rbellone@ucdavis.edu

 

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Trish Berger - Professor, Department of Animal Science

Research Interests: Fertilization and fertility; sperm-oocyte membrane protein interactions, species variation and the effect of toxicants.

E-mail: tberger@ucdavis.edu

Website: http://animalscience.ucdavis.edu/faculty/berger

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Bruce W. Christensen - Assistant Professor, Department of Population Health and Reproduction - School of Veterinary Medicine

Research Interests: Equine Reproduction

E-mail: christensen@ucdavis.edu

Website: http://www.vetmed.ucdavis.edu/faculty/christensen

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Alan J. Conley - Professor, Department of Population Health and Reproduction - School of Veterinary Medicine

Research Interests: Biochemistry of sex steroid synthesis, conceptus development, sexual differentiation, comparative reproduction and adrenal function.

E-mail: ajconley@ucdavis.edu

Website: http://faculty.vetmed.ucdavis.edu/faculty/ajconley

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Richard E. Connon - Assistant Adjunct Professor, Department of Anatomy , Physiology and Cell Biology, School of Veterinary Medicine

Research Interests: Aquatic toxicology and water quality; molecular mechanisms of toxicology.

E-mail: reconnon@ucdavis.edu

Website: http://www.vetmed.ucdavis.edu/faculty/results.cfm?fid=1908

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Mary E. Delany - Professor, Department of Animal Science

Research Interests: Avian developmental genetics, embryology, cytogenetics, and genomics.

E-mail: medelany@ucdavis.edu

Website: http://animalscience.ucdavis.edu/faculty/delany

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Anna C. Denicol- Assistant Professor, Department of Animal Science

Research Interests: Reproductive and developmental biology. Paracrine and endocrine regulation of follicle and oocyte development and carry over effects of adverse environments during folliculogenesis on embryonic development. Biology of ovarian oocyte progenitor cells (oogonial stem cells) and their potential to improve and restore female fertility. application of basic concepts of reproductive biology and assisted reproductive techniques to improve animal and human health and efficiency of agriculture worldwide..

E-mail: acdenicol@ucdavis.edu

Website: http://animalscience.ucdavis.edu/faculty/denicol/index.html

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Ed J. DePeters - Professor, Department of Animal Science

Research Interests: Ruminant nutrition of dairy cattle; mammary gland synthesis of milk protein and fat; nutrient digestion, absorption, and metabolism; evaluation of by-product feedstuffs and forage quality.

E-mail: ejdepeters@ucdavis.edu

Website: http://animalscience.ucdavis.edu/faculty/depeters

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James G. Fadel - Professor, Department of Animal Science

Research Interests: Quantitative applications; biological and production systems modeling; feed and fiber evaluations.

E-mail: jgfadel@ucdavis.edu

Website: http://animalscience.ucdavis.edu/faculty/fadel

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Nann A. Fangue - Assistant Professor, Department of Wildlife, Fish, and Conservation Biology

Research Interests: Physiological ecology of aquatic species, primarily fishes.

E-mail: nafangue@ucdavis.edu

Website: http://fanguelab.ucdavis.edu/

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Andrea J. Fascetti - Professor, Department of Molecular Biosciences - School of Veterinary Medicine

Research Interests: Companion animal nutrition: trace mineral and amino acid metabolism, feline and canine nutrient requirements, obesity, improvement of pet foods, the role of clinical nutrition in the management and prevention of disease.

E-mail: ajfascetti@ucdavis.edu

Website: http://faculty.vetmed.ucdavis.edu/faculty/ajfascetti/

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Carrie Finno - Assistant Professor, Department of Population Health and Reproduction- School of Veterinary Medicine

Research Interests: Equine genetics, vitamin-E associated neurodegeneration

E-mail: cjfinno@ucdavis.edu

Website: http://www.vetmed.ucdavis.edu/faculty/results.cfm?fid=22055

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Janet Foley - Professor, Medicine & Epidemiology-- School of Veterinary Medicine

Research Interests: Disease ecology, small mammal conservation and disease, disease persistence in ecologically complex communities, tick-borne disease

E-mail: jefoley@ucdavis.edu

Website: http://www.vetmed.ucdavis.edu/faculty/results.cfm?fid=14784

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Rodrigo A. Gallardo - Assistant Professor, Poultry Medicine, School of Veterinary Medicine

Research Interests: Avian diseases, production and management, preventive measures to improve flock health, preventive veterinary medicine, vaccine design, molecular virology, food safety, commercial poultry improvement and international poultry development programs.

E-mail: ragallardo@ucdavis.edu

Website: http://www.vetmed.ucdavis.edu/faculty/results.cfm?fid=21080

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Matthias Hess - Assistant Professor, Department of Animal Science

Research Interests: Systems microbiology, microbial proceses in natural and artificial ecosystems, microbes and microbial enzymes for agricultural, medical, and industrial applications, microbe-host interaction, gastrointestinal microbiology, biofuels, bioproducts, bioremediation, microbial dark matter.

E-mail: mhess@ucdavis.edu

Website: http://animalscience.ucdavis.edu/hess/lab

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Kristina M. Horback - Assistant Professor, Department of Animal Science

Research Interests: Identify consistent personality traits among domestic farm animals and evaluate the relationship between personality and the assessment of an animal's physical and psychological welfare (e.g., affective states); investigate whether species-specific personality traits influence and animal's coping with stress and expression of its internal state, such as pain or fear, in order to enhance animal-based measurements of welfare.

E-mail: kmhorback@ucdavis.edu

Website: http://horback.faculty.ucdavis.edu/

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Russ C. Hovey - Professor, Department of Animal Science

Research Interests: Endocrine regulation of mammary gland development, lactation and breast cancer, gene expression and cell-cell interactions.

E-mail: rchovey@ucdavis.edu

Website:  http://animalscience.ucdavis.edu/hoveylab/

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Peng Ji - Adjunct Professor, Department of Animal Science

Research Interests: Ruminant nutrition and physiology; pediatric nutrition using neonatal pig model.

E-mail: pengji@ucdavis.edu

Website: http://animalnutr-ansci.faculty.ucdavis.edu

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Amy S. Kapatkin - Associate Professor, Department of Small Animal Orthopedic Surgery- School of Veterinary Medicine

Research Interests: Kinetic and Kinematic analysis in Dogs; Evidenced based research, Biomechanics

E-mail: askapatkin@ucdavis.edu

Website: http://www.vetmed.ucdavis.edu/faculty/results.cfm?fid=17707

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Ermias Kebreab - Professor & Sesnon Endowed Chair, Department of Animal Science

Research Interests: Modeling sustainable agricultural production. Energy and nutrient requirements of cattle, swine, and poultry. Empirical, mechanistic, and simulation models of nutrient utilization. Modeling of nutrient dynamics in manure; and greenhouse gas emissions of animals, manure and soil.

E-mail: ekebreab@ucdavis.edu

Website: http://animalscience.ucdavis.edu

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Annie King, Professor, Department of Animal Science

Research Interests: Retardation of lipid oxidation in poultry muscle, eggs and their products is the primary focus of my research. A series of antioxidants have been used, including polyphosphates and tocopherols, especially vitamin E. Presently, investigations center on the use of hydroxytyrosol, a by-product from olive oil processing, and α-tocopherol from tomato pomace, an agricultural by-product consisting of peels, cores, seeds, stems and green tomatoes from tomato processing.

A secondary focus for research deals with the use of antioxidants to retard oxidation of cholesterol during processing of poultry and during the actual assay for cholesterol and its many oxidized derivatives. Thus, work continues to improve methodologies for determination of cholesterol and cholesterol oxidation products during analyses.

In tangential research, tomato pomace is under investigation for it use in diets of laying hens. Additionally, research is underway to assess its usefulness in non feed removal molt diets for laying hens.

E-mail: ajking@ucdavis.edu

Website: http://animalscience/faculty/king

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Kirk C. Klasing - Professor, Department of Animal Science

Research Interests: Impact of nutrition on immunochemistry and disease resistance; immunologic basis of stress; nutrition and metabolic adaptation required by carnivorous, granivorous, and nectivorous birds.

E-mail: kcklasing@ucdavis.edu

Website: http://animalscience.ucdavis.edu/faculty/klasing

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Dietmar Kueltz - Associate Professor, Department of Animal Science

Research Interests: Cellular osmoregulation, intracellular stress signaling, comparative genomics and proteomics of environmental adaptation in fish and mammals.

E-mail: dkueltz@ucdavis.edu

Website: http://animalscience.ucdavis.edu/faculty/kueltz and http://dkkw.net

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Yanhong Liu - Assistant Professor, Department of Animal Science

Research Interests: Feed ingredient evaluation for pigs and/or poultry; Dietary strategies on prevention and control of pig diseases; Swine nutrition on gut health and immunology; alternatives to in-feed antibiotics.

E-mail: yahliu@ucdavis.edu

Website: http://animalscience.ucdavis.edu/faculty/Liu/default.htm

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Elizabeth A. Maga - Adjunt Professor, Department of Animal Science

Research Interests: Use of transgenic livestock to fight diarrheal illnesses; microbiota modulation and resistance to disease; translational research using the pig as an animal model; goat casein genotypes and milk functionality.

E-mail: eamaga@ucdavis.edu

Website: http://animalscience.ucdavis.edu/faculty/maga

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Maja Makagon, Assistant Professor, Department of Animal Science

Research Interests: My research program focuses on interplay between the behavior, welfare and management of poultry, including ducks, turkeys, laying hens and broilers. My lab focuses on 3 topic areas: 1) assessing the effects of the physical and social environments on bird behavior, 2) evaluating the relationship between behavior and bone integrity, and 3) developing and validating practical, species-specific welfare assessment measures. A common goal of this work is to develop strategies to help minimize behavior-related poultry management issues while optimizing bird welfare and production.

E-mail: mmakagon@ucdavis.edu

Website: http://animalscience/faculty/makagon

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Brenda McCowan - Adjunct Professor, Veterinary Medicine Teaching Research Center - School of Veterinary Medicine

Research Interests: Applied ethiology, behavioral management, animal well-being, wildlife conservation, behavioral ecology.

E-mail: bmccowan@ucdavis.edu

Website: http://faculty.vetmed.ucdavis.edu/faculty/bjmccowan

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Juan F. Medrano - Professor, Department of Animal Science

Research Interests: Animal Genomics; molecular genetics; animal growth; milk composition.

E-mail: jfmedrano@ucdavis.edu

Website: http://animalscience.ucdavis.edu/faculty/medrano

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Deanne Meyer - Extension Specialist: Livestock Waste Management, Department of Animal Science

Research Interests: Animal waste management.

E-mail: dmeyer@ucdavis.edu

Website: http://animalscience.ucdavis.edu/LivestockwasteMgt/

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Stuart A. Meyers - Associate Professor, Department of Anatomy, Physiology, and Cell Biology - School of Veterinary Medicine

Research Interests: Reproduction, male reproduction, sperm cell biology, gamete cyropreservation biology, spermatogonial stem cells and transplantation.

E-mail: smeyers@ucdavis.edu

Website: http://faculty.vetmed.ucdavis.edu/faculty/smeyers

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Mike Mienaltowski - Assistant Professor, Department of Animal Science

Research Interests: Physiology; musculoskeletal biology; development, maturation, and repair; extracellular matrix/niche organization; tissue engineering; functional genomics; mouse model; equine; livestock

E-mail: mjmienaltowski@ucdavis.edu

Website: http://animalscience.ucdavis.edu/faculty/mienaltowski

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Michael R. Miller - Assistant Professor, Department of Animal Science

Research Interests: Animal genetics and genomics; conservation and ecological genetics and genomics; genomics and bioinformatics technology development; salmonid fishes.

E-mail: micmiller@ucdavis.edu

Website: http://animalscience.ucdavis.edu/faculty/miller

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Frank M. Mitloehner - Associate Extension Specialist: Air Quality, Department of Animal Science

Research Interests: Air quality research related to livestock production, especially quantification of ammonia, dust, and odor emissions in dairies, beef feedlots, and poultry operations.  Environmental physiology research, focusing on effects of air emissions on animal health and welfare.

E-mail: fmmitloehner@ucdavis.edu

Website: http://animalscience.ucdavis.edu/faculty/mitloehner

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James D. Murray - Professor, Department of Animal Science; Animal Biology Graduate Group Chair

Research Interests: Transgenic animals; growth and differentiation, molecular genetics; cytogenetics, equine genetics.

E-mail: jdmurray@ucdavis.edu

Website: http://animalscience.ucdavis.edu/faculty/murray

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Anita M. Oberbauer - Professor, Department of Animal Science

Research Interests: Cell and molecular biology, animal growth and development of genetic markers.

E-mail: amoberbauer@ucdavis.edu

Website: http://animalscience.ucdavis.edu/faculty/oberbauer

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James W. Oltjen - Extension Specialist: Animal Management Systems, Department of Animal Science

Research Interests: Computer decision support software; beef quality assurance; standardized performance analysis for cattle and sheep ranches.  Animal management systems; resource use in animal agriculture; beef cattle growth.

E-mail: jwoltjen@ucdavis.edu

Website: http://animalscience.ucdavis.edu/faculty/oltjen

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Lee Allen Pettey - Lecturer (PSOE), Director of Animal Science Curriculum, Department of Animal Science

Research Interests: Effectiveness of teaching methodologies and technologies as they apply to animal science courses; pedagogically sound approaches to curriculum and course development for traditional and non-traditional animal science students; applied livestock nutrition focusing on use of alternative feed ingredients.

E-mail: lapettey@ucdavis.edu

Website: http://animalscience.ucdavis.edu/faculty/pettey

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Peter H. Robinson - Extension Specialist: Dairy Cattle Nutritional Management , Department of Animal Science

Research Interests: Protein and amino acid nutrition of dairy cows; evaluation and development of methods to predict forage energy content; nutritional strategies to reduce the environmental impact of dairy cows; development and evaluation of predictive whole cow biological models.

E-mail: phrobinson@ucdavis.edu

Website: http://animalscience.ucdavis.edu/faculty/robinson

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Pablo Ross - Associate Professor, Department of Animal Science

Research Interests: Epigenetic mechanisms controlling early embryonic development and pluripotency. Improving methodologies for animal cloning by nuclear transplantation and in vitro embryo production. Embryonic stem cell (ESC) biology and induction of pluripotency by defined factors (iPSC).

E-mail: pross@ucdavis.edu

Website: http://animalscience.ucdavis.edu/faculty/ross

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Heidi Rossow - Assistant Professor, Department of Population Health and Reproduction - School of Veterinary Medicine

Research Interests: Modeling of nutrition and health in beef and dairy cattle, systems analysis of feed management and waste.

E-mail: harossow@ucdavis.edu

Website: http://animalscience.ucdavis.edu/research/molly

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Benjamin N. Sacks - Associate Adjunct Professor, Veterinary Genetics Laboratory and Department of Population Health and Reproduction - School of Veterinary Medicine

Research Interests: Ecology, conservation, and genetics of wild carnivores.

E-mail: bnsacks@ucdavis.edu

Website: http://www.vgl.ucdavis.edu/cdcg/bensacks.php

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Roberto D. Sainz - Professor, Department of Animal Science

Research Interests: Our laboratory focuses on ruminant livestock production, across geographic locations and levels of biological organization. Projects range from examination of interactions among nutrition, genetics and physiological state, all the way to regional studies of environmental impacts of different production systems.

Recently, a major emphasis has been on understanding the genetic and physiological mechanisms underlying variations in feed efficiency in beef cattle. This work requires in vivo experiments in conjunction with in silico modeling analyses.

Mathematical modeling is used at all levels of biological and enterprise organization to identify critical areas of research, design appropriate experiments, and aid in interpretation of results. 

E-mail: rdsainz@ucdavis.edu

Website: http://animalscience.ucdavis.edu/faculty/sainz

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Noelia Silva del Rio - Lecturer and Assistant Specialist, Cooperative Extension - Department of Population Health and Reproduction - School of Veterinary Medicine

Research Interests: Dairy herd health management including hypocalcemia, lameness, judicious use of antibiotics, and feeding and silage management

E-mail: nsilvadelrio@ucdavis.edu

Website: http://www.vetmed.ucdavis.edu/faculty/silvadelrio

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Sue A. Stover - Professor, Department of Anatomy, Physiology, and Cell Biology - School of Veterinary Medicine

Research Interests: Skeletal injuries in equine athletes, silicate associated osteoporosis in horses, musculoskeletal biomechanics.

E-mail: smstover@ucdavis.edu

Website: http://faculty.vetmed.ucdavis.edu/faculty/smstover and http://www.vetmed.ucdavis.edu/vorl

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Swee Teh - Adjunct Professor, Department of Anatomy, Physiology, and Cell Biology - School of Veterinary Medicine

Research Interests: Director of the Aquatic Health Program (http://www.vet.ucdavis.edu/aquatichealth/index.cmf). My goal is to develop an aquatic ecotoxicology and endocrine disrupting chemicals screening program within the School of Veterinary medicine. The Aquatic Toxicology Laboratory is state verified with greater than 20 years of experience investigating water quality and its impacts on the health of organisms. The Aquatic Health Program strives to promote and protect the well-being of all aquatic species and their environments by investigating the behavioral, anatomical, and physiological components of individual organisms and applying the to the ecosystem scale.

E-mail: sjteh@ucdavis.edu

Website: http://www.vetmed.ucdavis.edu/faculty/teh

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Brian D. Todd - Associate Professor, Department of Wildlife, Fish, and Conservation Biology

Research Interests: Conservation biology of wild vertebrates, primarily reptiles and amphibians.

E-mail: btodd@ucdavis.edu

Website: http://toddlab.ucdavis.edu/

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Anne Todgham - Associate Professor, Department of Animal Science

Research Interests: Ecological Physiology; Integrative Stress Biology; Environmental Genomics; Climate Change Biology.

E-mail: todgham@ucdavis.edu

Website: http://animalscience.ucdavis.edu/faculty/todgham

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M. Cecilia Torres-Penedo - Associate Research Geneticist, Veterinary Genetics Laboratory - School of Veterinary Medicine

Research Interests: Study of genetic markers in domestic animals.  Equine genomics; development of a genome-scan microsattellite panel for linkage analysis and chromosomal location of traits of interest.

E-mail: mctorrespenedo@ucdavis.edu

Website: http://www.vgl.ucdavis.edu

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Cassandra Tucker - Associate Professor, Department of Animal Science

Research Interests: Animal welfare, animal behavior, effect of environmental conditions (housing, weather) and management decisions.

E-mail: cbtucker@ucdavis.edu

Website: http://animalscience.ucdavis.edu/faculty/tucker

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Alison L. VanEenennaam - Extension Specialist: Animal Biotechnology & Genomics, Department of Animal Science

Research Interests: Transgenic modification of biochemical pathways to improve the quality of animal products for consumers; application of biotechnology to solve applied problems of animal agriculture.

E-mail: alvaneenennaam@ucdavis.edu

Website: http://animalscience.ucdavis.edu/faculty/VanEenennaam

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Jason Watters - Associate Adjunct Professor, Department of Animal Science

Research Interests: Animal behavior, animal welfare, conservation behavior; behavioral assays of animal welfare, environmental enrichment for zoo and aquarium animals; zoo animal behavior and its impact on zoo-goers.

E-mail: jvwatters@ucdavis.edu, jasonw@sfzoo.org

Website: http://animalscience.ucdavis.edu/faculty/watters

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Xiang (Crystal) Yang - Assistant Professor; Assistant Meat Scientist, Department of Animal Science

Research Interests: Meat safety; meat quality; shelf-life of meat and meat products; post-harvest food-borne pathogen control; characterizing pathogen and whole microbial community profiles present in meat production chain; effect of feeding system on degree of antimicrobial resistance and pathogen prevalence in livestock and poultry.

E-mail: xcryang@ucdavis.edu

Website: http://animalscience.ucdavis.edu/faculty/yang

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Huaijun Zhou - Professor, Department of Animal Science

Research Interests: Research in immunogenetics, molecular genetics, functional genomics, and bioinformatics in poultry. Focused on elucidating the molecular and cellular mechanisms of host-pathogen interaction including disease resistance, immune response, and pathogenesis of infection. The overall goals are to understand genetic regulation of host response and basic mechanisms of pathogen virulence in animals, to identify host and pathogen genes that are involved in the host-pathogen interplay. The pathogens of interest are food-borne bacteria such as Campylobacter and Salmonella and avian influenza virus.

E-mail: hzhou@ucdavis.edu

Website: http://animalscience.ucdavis.edu/faculty/Zhou

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Richard A. Zinn - Professor, Department of Animal Science - located at Desert Research and Extension Center

Research Interests: Ruminant nutrition; feedlot cattle nutrition and management; factors associated with digestive function.

E-mail: razinn@ucdavis.edu

Website: http://animalscience.ucdavis.edu/faculty/zinn

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