Faculty

Faculty

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.
2139 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

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

Matthias Hess

  • Assistant Professor
  • Department of Animal Science
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

Maja Makagon

  • Assistant 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

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

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

  • Associate 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

Roberto D. Sainz

  • Professor
  • Department of Animal Science
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.
2207 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

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