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Research

Graduate Emily Purbaugh with otters

Behavior & Well-Being

Research in this group is focused on identifying environmental and genetic contributions to the health and well-being of animals.

Faculty
Amber Adams Progar
Holly Neibergs

Don Nelson with cattle

Environmental Sustainability

Air, land and water quality are examined to assist in the understanding of how they are affected by animal agriculture and to assist animal agriculture in developing management strategies for sustainable production.

Faculty
Joseph Harrison
Kristen Johnson

Zhihua Jiang

Genetics/Genomics

Research encompasses genome science and biotechnology. In particular, projects include understanding the genome structure, function and evolution, and developing quantitative and molecular genomic approaches for improving animal production, product quality and health.

Faculty
Min Du
Kanako Hayashi
Nate Law
Holly Neibergs
Michael Phelps
Zhihua Jiang

Bull

Growth/Muscle/Meat Science

Projects span the gamut of basic and applied research and include defining the molecular mechanisms of muscle development, physiological responses to growth regulators, meat quality improvement and food safety.

Faculty
Min Du
Michael Phelps
Zhihua Jiang
Paul Kuber
Sarah Smith

Beef Center cows grazing

Nutrition

Basic and applied research in nutrition is conducted with beef cattle, dairy cattle, sheep, swine, and laboratory animals. This work includes trace animal metabolism, energy nutrition and utilization of by-product feedstuffs.

Faculty
Min Du
Joseph Harrison
Nancy Irlbeck
Kristen Johnson
Don Llewellyn
Marcos Marcondes

Human uterine cells

Reproductive Biology/Physiology

Research in reproductive biology/physiology includes endocrinology, and embryo development that is both basic and applied using cattle, sheep, swine and rodent models.

Faculty
Min Du
Kanako Hayashi
Zhihua Jiang
Nate Law
Martin Maquivar
Holly Neibergs
Michael Phelps