Faculty

Faculty

Danika L. Bannasch

  • Associate Professor
  • Department of Population Health and Reproduction - School of Veterinary Medicine
Molecular basis of inherited diseases in companion animals; developing polymorphic markers for the canine Y chromosomes to understand the relationship between different dog breeds.
260 CCAH

Richard A. Blatchford

  • Assistant Poultry Extension Specialist
  • Department of Animal Science
My research focus is on the husbandry, behavior, and welfare of small to large scale poultry production. I am particularly interested in understanding the challenges facing small scale and backyard poultry flocks as well as the impacts of housing systems on poultry health and welfare on large scale facilities. I am also interested in developing on farm assessment tools for producers to monitor the health and welfare of their own flocks.
2121 Meyer Hall

Hao Cheng

  • Assistant Professor
  • Department of Animal Science
Development of statistical methods and computational algorithms for quantitative and statistical genetics, including genomic prediction and genome-wide association studies. Development of software tools for whole-genome analyses. Statistical models for –omic data.
2239 Meyer Hall

Anna C. Denicol

  • Assistant Professor
  • Department of Animal Science
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.
2201 Meyer Hall

Pouya Dini

  • Assistant Professor
  • Population Health and Reproduction
  • - School of Veterinary Medicine
Equine reproduction; Pathophysiology of placental development in the equine; Parental gene expression in the placenta;  Reciprocal paternal and maternal interaction in the equine's placental development; Host-pathogen interaction during placentitis; Assisted reproductive technique; Biotechnology of reproduction

Andrea J. Fascetti

  • Professor
  • Department of Molecular Biosciences - School of Veterinary Medicine
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.

Rodrigo A. Gallardo

  • Assistant Professor
  • Poultry Medicine - School of Veterinary Medicine
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.
4009 Vet Med 3B

Jackson Gross

  • Cooperative Extension Aquaculture Specialist
  • Department of Animal Science
The driving force in my current research program is to be at the forefront of environmental and production sustainability and ecological integrity. To achieve this vision my research is focused into three distinct, yet overlapping applied research themes; (1) Aquaculture, (2) Invasion Biology and (3) Environmental/Ecological Toxicology. This research usually addresses data gaps and provides scientific solutions, determined through rigorous experimentation, meeting the immediate biological and engineering needs of the aquaculture industry and natural resource community.
2117 Meyer Hall

Timothy Hackmann

  • Assistant Professor
  • Department of Animal Science
Improving nutrition of ruminant livestock through study of microbes of the rumen; increasing supply of microbial protein available to animal digestion; discovering biochemical pathways that microbes use to ferment carbohydrates in feed.
2207 Meyer Hall

Matthias Hess

  • Associate Professor
  • Department of Animal Science
  • Helman Fellow
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.
2123 Meyer Hall

Ermias Kebreab

  • Professor & Sesnon Endowed Chair
  • Department of Animal Science
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.
2111 Meyer Hall

Annie King

  • Professor
  • Department of Animal Science
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.
1217 Meyer Hall

Fabio Lima

  • Assistant Professor
  • Population Health and Reproduction, School of Veterinary Medicine
Regulation of ovarian function and development of reproductive programs in cattle, antimicrobial stewardship in livestock, genome microbiome interplay regulating cows health and productivity.

Elizabeth A. Maga

  • Associate Professor
  • Department of Animal Science
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.
2125 Meyer Hall

Maja Makagon

  • Associate Professor
  • Department of Animal Science
My research program focuses on interplay between the behavior, welfare and management of poultry, including ducks, turkeys, laying hens and broilers; development of strategies to help minimize behavior-related poultry management issues while optimizing bird welfare and productions
2245 Meyer Hall

Frank M. Mitloehner

  • Professor and Associate Extension Specialist: Air Quality
  • Department of Animal Science
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.
2151 Meyer Hall

Carly Moody

  • Assistant Professor
  • Animal Welfare Epidemiology
  • Department of Animal Science
Areas of interest include low-stress handling for improving human-animal interactions, strategies for mitigating agonistic interactions in socially housed animals, and enhancing cat health and behavior care in both a home and veterinary setting.
2251 Meyer Hall

James W. Oltjen

  • Extension Specialist: Animal Management Systems
  • Department of Animal Science
  • Chair, Animal Biology Graduate Group
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.
2153 Meyer Hall

Lee Allen Pettey

  • Lecturer (PSOE)
  • Director of Animal Science Curriculum
  • Department of Animal Science
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.
2137 Meyer Hall

Maurice Pitesky

  • Assistant Specialist
  • School of Veterinary Medicine-Cooperative Extension
Research interests are focused in three major areas: 1) Using "traditional" epidemiological techniques and GIS and spatial statistics to understand how avian diseases move in time and space. 2) Using Next Generation Sequencing technology to gain insights into the virulence and survivability of pathogens including Salmonella and Campylobacter. 3) Gaining a better understanding of 'micro'-commercial (i.e. small scale poultry production) with respect to environmental sustainability, poultry health, and food safety.
4007 Vet Med 3B

Noelia Silva del Rio

  • Lecturer, Assistant Specialist, and Cooperative Extension
  • Department of Population Health and Reproduction - School of Veterinary Medicine
Dairy herd health management including hypocalcemia, lameness, judicious use of antibiotics, and feeding and silage management

Peter H. Robinson

  • Extension Specialist, Dairy Cattle Nutritional Management
  • Department of Animal Science
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.
2203 Meyer Hall

Pablo Ross

  • Adjunct Professor and Vice Chair
  • Department of Animal Science
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).
2239 Meyer Hall

Heidi Rossow

  • Professor
  • Department of Population Health and Reproduction, School of Veterinary Medicine
Computer modeling of nutrient metabolism systems analysis of dairy feed management and production including prevention of metabolic disease, and evaluating mitochondrial function of dairy cattle.

Andrew Rypel

  • Associate Professor
  • Department of Wildlife, Fish & Conservation Biology
Fish Ecology; Conservation Science; Ecosystem Ecology; Global Change; Macroecology; Fisheries Management; Freshwater Mussels

Andrea Schreier, Ph.D.

  • Associate Adjunct Professor
  • Department of Animal Science
Applying genetic and genomic techniques to answer ecological or evolutionary questions about wild populations, conservation of threatened and endangered species, genetic management of conservation and commercial aquaculture, animal polyploidy.
2235 Meyer Hall

Swee Teh

  • Adjunct Professor
  • Department of Anatomy, Physiology, and Cell Biology - School of Veterinary Medicine
Director of Aquatic Health Program and State certified Aquatic Toxicology Laboratory. The Director conducts aquatic, embryonic, and developmental toxicology and endocrine disruption on invertebrate, fish and shellfish using biochemical, molecular, nutritional, and histopathological biomarkers.
3203 Vet Med 3B

Payam Vahmani

  • Assistant Professor
  • Nutritional Enhancement of Animal Sourced Foods
  • Department of Animal Science
Enhancing the nutritional and health value of animal-sourced foods for human consumption; Developing nutritional and management strategies to enhance the level of bioactive nutrients in animal-sourced foods; Examining health effects of functional/nutritionally enhanced animal-sourced foods using cell culture, animal models and clinical trials; Studying how animal-sourced foods foster human health (i.e. prevent chronic diseases and nutrient deficiencies), and their role in food security.

Xiang (Crystal) Yang

  • Assistant Professor
  • Assistant Meat Scientist
  • Department of Animal Science
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.
2237 Meyer Hall

Huaijun Zhou

  • Professor
  • Department of Animal Science
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.
2247 Meyer Hall