Teaching, Research and Extension Faculty

Trish Berger

Trish Berger, Ph.D. - Professor

2147 Meyer Hall  |  530-752-1267  |  tberger@ucdavis.edu

Fertilization and fertility; gamete membrane interaction at the molecular level, including species comparisons and species variation; effect of environmental stresses; Sertoli cell proliferation and testicular development. Graduate Groups: Animal Biology

Richard Blatchford

Richard A. Blatchford, Ph.D. - Assistant Extension Specialist: Small to Industry Scale Poultry

2121 Meyer Hall  |  530-752-8763  |  rablatchford@ucdavis.edu

Husbandry, behavior, and welfare of small to large scale poultry operations; effects of housing design and management techniques on laying hens and broilers; development of on-farm assessment tools. Graduate Groups: Animal Biology; Avian Sciences

David Bunn

David Bunn, Ph.D. - Assistant Adjunct Professor

530-752-3122  |  dabunn@ucdavis.edu

Better livelihoods and food security of the rural poor through intervention strategies for improving animal health and production in developing countries and improving small-scale poultry production systems. Research also includes strategies and policies for conservation of wildlife, habitats and agricultural lands.  Graduate Groups: International Agricultural Development; Ecology; Preventive Veterinary Medicine

Hao Cheng

Hao Cheng, Ph.D. - Assistant Professor

2139 Meyer Hall  |  qtlcheng@ucdavis.edu| Lab Website

Development of statistical methods, computational algorithms and software tools for quantitative and statistical genetics.  Graduate Groups: Animal Biology; Integrative Genetics and Genomics

Fred Conte

Fred S. Conte, Ph.D. - Aquaculture Specialist & Lecturer

1203 Meyer Hall  |  530-752-7689  |  fsconte@ucdavis.edu  |  Lab Website

Research: Shellfish Sanitation, Computer Sanitation Modeling and Computer Simulation Software, associated with shellfish growing area evaluation and regulatory optimization of growing area harvest; Aquatic Animal Welfare and Humane Slaughter of Finfish.  Cooperative Extension Outreach: Freshwater and Marine Aquaculture System Management and Production Technologies; Aquaculture Regulatory and Public Policy; Computer analysis and support for industry and regulatory agencies for shellfish sanitation analysis for shellfish growing areas; and Aquatic Animal Welfare.

Mary Delany

Mary E. Delany, Ph.D. - Professor & Fiddyment Endowed Chair

Executive Associate Dean, College of Agricultural & Environmental Sciences (CA&ES)
2131D Meyer Hall  |  530-754-9343  (Meyer Office) 530-752-0233 (Mrak Office)  |  medelany@ucdavis.edu

Avian genetics and genome organization including projects in molecular cytogenetics, developmental genetics, telomere biology. Main lab projects include: role of the telomere/telomerase pathway and Marek’s disease herpesvirus-host genome interactions in oncogenic disease; genomic and developmental analysis of sequences and genes causing inherited limb and craniofacial malformations. Graduate Groups: Animal Biology; Avian Sciences; Integrative Genetics and Genomics

Anna C. Denicol

Anna C. Denicol, DVM, MPVM, Ph.D. - Assistant Professor

2201 Meyer Hall  |  352-665-1909  |  acdenicol@ucdavis.edu

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. Graduate Groups: Animal Biology; Molecular, Cellular and Integrative Physiology

Ed DePeters

Edward J. DePeters, Ph.D. - Distinguished Professor

Master Advisor for Animal Science Major
2149 Meyer Hall  |  530-752-1263  | ejdepeters@ucdavis.edu

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. Graduate Groups: Animal Biology; Nutritional Biology

John Eadie

John M. Eadie, Ph.D. - Professor

Professor, Department of Wildlife, Fish, and Conservation Biology
1079 Academic Surge  |  530-754-0145  |  jmeadie@ucdavis.edu

Waterfowl; avian behavior and ecology; population genetics; wetland and riparian ecology; molecular ecology. Graduate Groups: Avian Sciences; Animal Behavior; Ecology; Population Biology

James Fadel

James G. Fadel, Ph.D. - Professor

Master Advisor for Animal Science and Management Major
2115 Meyer Hall  |  530-752-1259  |  jgfadel@ucdavis.edu 

Mathematical and statistical applications mainly in nutrition, environment, sustainability, and management systems. Research incorporates information from modeling, in vitro, and in vivo experiments as well as other datasets. Graduate Groups: Animal Biology; International Agricultural Development; Nutritional Biology

Jackson Gross

Jackson Gross, MSPH, Ph.D. - Cooperative Extension Aquaculture Specialist

2117 Meyer Hall  |  jagross@ucdavis.edu  |  Lab Website

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. Graduate Groups: Animal Biology;  Ecology

Matthias Hess

Matthias Hess, Ph.D. - Assistant Professor

Wiley Research Fellow and Hellman Fellow
2123 Meyer Hall  |  530-752-8809  |  mhess@ucdavis.edu   |  Lab Website

Application of cultivation- independent and cultivation- based approaches to obtain a multi- scale (from molecule to cell to population to ecosystem) understanding of microbial systems; characterize how microbial systems respond to environmental changes and affect their habitats, and identify microbes and microbial proteins of industrial and medical relevance. Graduate Groups: Animal Biology; Biological Systems Engineering; Microbiology

Kristina M. Horback

Kristina Horback, Ph.D. - Assistant Professor

2143 Meyer Hall  |  530-846-9037  |  kmhorback@ucdavis.edu  |  Lab Website

Investigate the ontogeny and heritability of species-specific personality traits among domestic farm animals; evaluate the relationship between personality traits and an individual’s ability to cope with environmental and/or social stress (i.e., biological health and psychological state). Graduate Groups: Animal Biology; Animal Behavior

Russ Hovey

Russ Hovey, Ph.D. - Professor

2145 Meyer Hall  |  530-752-1682  |  rchovey@ucdavis.edu  |  Lab Website

Hormonal regulation of mammary gland growth, lactation, and breast cancer with interests in ovarian and pituitary hormone functions; role of the stromal environment in cell function; and across- species differences in milk production, mammary gland biology, hormone function and breast cancer risk. Graduate Groups: Animal Biology; Integrative Genetics and Genomics; International Agricultural Development; Nutritional Biology

Josh Hull

Josh Hull, Ph.D. - Assistant Adjunct Professor

2131A Meyer Hall  |  916-414-6742  | jmhull@ucdavis.edu

Conservation ecology; population genetics; phylogeography; threatened and endangered species; migration ecology; raptor biology. Graduate Groups: Avian Sciences; Ecology

Silas Hung

Silas S.O. Hung, Ph.D. - Professor

1221 Meyer Hall  |  530-752-3580  |  sshung@ucdavis.edu

Fish nutrition, toxicology, biochemistry, physiology, and ecology.  Graduate Groups: Animal Biology

Ermias Kebreab

Ermias Kebreab, Ph.D. - Professor & Sesnon Endowed Chair

Deputy Director of the Agricultural Sustainability Institute
Associate Vice Provost of Academic Programs in Global Affairs
2111 Meyer Hall  |  530-752-5907  |  ekebreab@ucdavis.edu   |  Lab website

Sustainable animal agriculture; energy and nutrient requirement/utilization of farm animals; environmental impact of animal agriculture including modeling greenhouse gas emissions from livestock; tropical animal agriculture. Graduate Groups: Animal Biology; Ecology; International Agriculture and Development

Annie King

Annie J. King, Ph.D. - Professor

Chair of Avian Sciences Graduate Group
1217 Meyer Hall  |  530-752-3530  | ajking@ucdavis.edu

Natural antioxidants, prevention of lipid oxidation in poultry meat and its products, use of fruit and vegetable by-products as poultry feed ingredients; determination of cholesterol oxides. Graduate Groups: Agricultural and Food Chemistry; Avian Sciences; Food Science

Kirk Klasing

Kirk C. Klasing, Ph.D. - Professor

2131B Meyer Hall  |  530-752-1901  |  kcklasing@ucdavis.edu

Impact of nutrition on immunobiology and disease resistance; immunologic basis of stress; nutrition and metabolic adaptation required by carnivorous, granivorous, and nectivorous birds. Graduate Groups: Animal Biology; Avian Sciences; Immunology

Dietmar Kueltz

Dietmar Kueltz, Ph.D. - Professor

2131C Meyer Hall  |  530-752-2991  | dkueltz@ucdavis.edu  |  Lab website

Aquatic Biology, Evolutionary Physiology and Genomics, Fish Osmoregulation, Environmental Stress Response, Global Environmental Change, Comparative Proteomics; Identification and characterization of key molecular mechanisms conferring environmental stress resistance and why these mechanisms are effective in some animals and cell types while weak in others. Graduate Groups: Animal Biology; Genetics; Ecology; Molecular, Cellular and Integrative Physiology

Yanhong Liu

Yanhong Liu, Ph.D. - Assistant Professor of Animal Nutrition

2107 Meyer Hall  |  530-752-4275  | yahliu@ucdavis.edu  |  Lab Website

Evaluation of feed ingredients and additives as potential alternatives to antibiotics for use in the animal agricultural industry; address public concerns about antimicrobial resistance and help the animal industry deploy feed-based health technologies to improve animal health. Graduate Groups: Animal Biology; Nutritional Biology

Elizabeth Maga

Elizabeth A. Maga, Ph.D. - Assistant Professor

2125 Meyer Hall  |  530-752-5930  |  eamaga@ucdavis.edu

Applied genetic engineering and gene editing; development and use of animal models of disease, translation of the use of genetically engineered ruminant milk to improve animal and human health, health and well- being of transgenic animals, role of intestinal microbiota on health and resistance to infection; relationship between casein genotypes and goat milk quality.  Graduate Groups: Animal Biology; Food Science

Maja Makagon

Maja M. Makagon, Ph.D. - Assistant Professor

2245 Meyer Hall  |  530-752-9419  |  mmmakagon@ucdavis.edu  |  Lab Website

Animal behavior, animal welfare, poultry housing and management. Graduate Groups: Animal Biology; Animal Behavior; Avian Sciences

Bernie May

Bernie May, Ph.D. - Research Professor

1255 Meyer Hall  |  bpmay@ucdavis.edu  |  Lab Website

Conservation biology; population genetics of natural populations, threatened and endangered species; genetic mapping of quantitative trait loci; genomic manipulation of commercially important aquatic species; effect of environmental stressors on natural gene pools.  Career Guidance in the Biological Sciences.

Amy McLean

Amy McLean, Ph.D. - Equine Lecturer (PSOE)

2119 Meyer Hall  |  706-296-8743  |  acmclean@ucdavis.edu

Improving equine management, behavior and welfare with a specific interest in donkeys, mules, hinnies and working equids in developing countries. Graduate Groups: Animal Biology

Juan Medrano

Juan F. Medrano, Ph.D. - Professor

2243 Meyer Hall  |  530-752-6786  |  jfmedrano@ucdavis.edu

Applications of next generation sequencing and systems biology approaches to study genetic variation of complex traits. Genetics of milk composition and animal growth. Development of the new bovine genome reference assembly (ARS-UCD). Genomics of coffee: development of a Coffea arabica reference genome, transcriptome sequencing and genetic diversity among varieties.  Graduate Groups: Animal Biology, Integrative Genetics and Genomics

Deanne Meyer

Deanne Meyer, Ph.D. - Extension Specialist: Livestock Waste Management; Lecturer

Master Advisor for Agricultural and Environmental Education major
2209 Meyer Hall  |  530-752-9391  |  dmeyer@ucdavis.edu

Analyses of production, collection, storage, transportation, and utilization of nutrients and water on dairies. Extension activities focus on environmental stewardship education of policy makers and other stakeholders. Graduate Groups: Animal Biology

Michael Mienaltowski

Michael J. Mienaltowski, DVM, Ph.D. - Assistant Professor

2211 Meyer Hall  |  530-207-3226  |  mjmienaltowski@ucdavis.edu  |  Lab Website

Physiology; musculoskeletal biology; development, maturation, and repair; extracellular matrix/niche organization; tissue engineering; stem/progenitor cell biology; functional genomics; mouse model; equine; poultry; livestock. Graduate Groups:  Animal Biology, Integrative Genetics and Genomics, Integrative Pathobiology

Mike Miller

Michael R. Miller, Ph.D. - Assistant Professor

2251 Meyer Hall  |  530-304-4719  |  micmiller@ucdavis.edu  |  Lab Website

Animal genetics and genomics; conservation and ecological genetics and genomics; genomics and bioinformatics technology development; salmonid fishes. Graduate Groups: Animal Biology; Ecology; Integrative Genetics and Genomics

Frank Mitloehner

Frank M. Mitloehner, Ph.D. - Professor & Air Quality Extension Specialist

2151 Meyer Hall  | 530-752-3936  |  fmmitloehner@ucdavis.edu  |  Lab Website

Research focus is on sustainable livestock agriculture, with primary focus on livestock’s contribution to air quality impairment and climate change and related mitigation. Furthermore, we study the implications of air emissions on the health/welfare and safety of workers and livestock. Graduate Groups:  Animal Biology; Animal Behavior; Ecology; Agricultural Chemistry

James Murray

James D. Murray, Ph.D. - Professor & Chair

Professor, Department of Population Health and Reproduction, School of Veterinary Medicine
2223B Meyer Hall  |  530-752-1252  |  jdmurray@ucdavis.edu

Genetic engineering and gene editing of animals for use in agriculture, improving the technologies associated with cloning and the production of transgenic animals, modification of anti- microbial, functional and lipid characteristics of milk, characterization of and applications of mesenchymal stem cells; equine genomics.  Graduate Groups: Animal Biology; Integrative Genetics and Genomics

Anita Oberbauer

Anita M. Oberbauer, Ph.D. - Professor & Associate Dean for Agricultural Sciences

1301 Meyer Hall  | 530-752-1045 (Meyer Lab) 530-752-5484 (Mrak Office)   |  amoberbauer@ucdavis.edu   |  Lab Website

Cell and molecular control of animal growth; investigation of the genetic causes of traits especially disease in cattle and dogs.  Graduate Groups: Animal Biology; Integrative Genetics and Genomics; Molecular, Cellular and Integrative Physiology; Forensics

James Oltjen

James W. Oltjen, Ph.D. - Extension Specialist: Animal Management Systems; Lecturer

Chair of Animal Biology Graduate Group
2153 Meyer Hall  |  530-752 5650  |  jwoltjen@ucdavis.edu

Animal management systems; resource use in animal agriculture; beef cattle growth.  Outreach programs include: Computer decision support software; beef quality assurance; life cycle analysis for cattle and sheep ranches. Graduate Groups: Animal Biology; Nutritional Biology

Lee Allen Pettey

Lee Allen Pettey, Ph.D. - Lecturer (PSOE)

Director of Animal Science Curriculum Development/Assessment
2137 Meyer Hall  | 530-752-8924 |  lapettey@ucdavis.edu

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.  Graduate Groups: Animal Biology

Peter Robinson

Peter H. Robinson, Ph.D. - Extension Specialist: Dairy Nutrition and Management

2203 Meyer Hall  |  530-754 7565  |  phrobinson@ucdavis.edu

On farm animal management systems; on farm implementation of strategies to reduce the environmental impact of cows. Graduate Groups: Animal Biology

Pablo Ross

Pablo J. Ross, Ph.D. - Associate Professor & Vice Chair

2239 Meyer Hall  |  530-771-7225  |  pross@ucdavis.edu

Application of assisted reproductive technologies in animal production systems. Epigenetic mechanisms controlling early embryonic development and pluripotency. Functional genomics of preimplantation development using next generation sequencing. Embryo genetic engineering and blastocyst complementation. Embryonic stem cell (ESC) biology and induction of pluripotency by defined factors (iPSC). Functional annotation of animal genomes (FAANG). Graduate Groups: Animal Biology; Integrative Genetics and Genomics

Roberto Sainz

Roberto D. Sainz, Ph.D. - Professor

2207 Meyer Hall  |  530-752-6293  |  rdsainz@ucdavis.edu  |  Lab Website

Beef cattle nutrition, growth, body composition; genetic and nutritional determinants of energy metabolism; international (tropical) animal agriculture; mathematical modeling of animal function and production systems; ecological footprint. Graduate Groups: Animal Biology; International Agricultural Development; Nutritional Biology

Andrea Schreier

Andrea Schreier, Ph.D. - Assistant Adjunct Professor

2235 Meyer Hall  |  530-752-0664  |  amdrauch@ucdavis.edu  |  Lab Website

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.  Graduate Groups: Ecology; Integrative Genetics and Genomics

Anne Todgham

Anne E. Todgham, Ph.D. - Associate Professor & Vice Chair

2205 Meyer Hall  |  530-752-1897  |  todgham@ucdavis.edu  |  Lab Website

Research focus on stress physiology with an interest in understanding the molecular, biochemical and physiological mechanisms that underlie an animal’s capacity to cope with environmental change. We study vulnerability to multiple stressors in the context of conservation of aquatic species and managing stress in sustainable aquaculture. Graduate Groups: Animal Behavior; Animal Biology; Ecology

Cassandra Tucker

Cassandra B. Tucker, Ph.D. - Professor

2109 Meyer Hall  | 530-754-5750  |  cbtucker@ucdavis.edu  |  Lab Website

Animal welfare, animal behavior, effects of housing design and environmental conditions on dairy and beef cattle. Graduate Groups: Animal Biology; Animal Behavior

Alison Van Eenennaam

Alison Van Eenennaam, Ph.D. - Extension Specialist: Animal Biotechnology and Genomics

2113 Meyer Hall  | 530-752-7942  |  alvaneenennaam@ucdavis.edu  |  Lab Website

Use of biotechnologies in animal agriculture, marker-assisted selection in cattle, cloned and transgenic or genetically engineered animals, gene editing in animals, science communication. Graduate Groups: Animal Biology; Integrative Genetics and Genomics

Jason Watters

Jason V. Watters, Ph.D. - Associate Adjunct Professor

415-213-8128  |  jasonw@sfzoo.org

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. Graduate Groups: Animal Biology; Animal Behavior

Xiang (Crystal) Yang

Xiang (Crystal) Yang, Ph.D. - Assistant Professor; Assistant Meat Scientist

2237 Meyer Hall  |  530-752-6590  |  xcryang@ucdavis.edu  |  Lab Website

Meat safety, meat quality, shelf life of meat and meat products, postharvest foodborne 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.  Graduate Groups: Animal Biology; Food Science

Huaijun Zhou

Huaijun Zhou, Ph.D. - Professor & Chancellor’s Fellow

Director of USAID Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Genomics to Improve Poultry
2247 Meyer Hall  |  530-752-1034  | hzhou@ucdavis.edu  | Lab Website

Investigation of molecular and cellular mechanisms of host- pathogen interaction and disease resistance using genetic, epigenomic and bioinformatic approaches in poultry. Functional annotation of animal genomes by  integrating ChIP-seq, ATAC-seq, Methyl-seq and RNA-seq etc.  Graduate Groups: Animal Biology;  Avian Sciences; Integrative Genetics and Genomics; Immunology; Microbiology

Richard Zinn

Richard A. Zinn, Ph.D. - Professor

Desert Research & Extension Center  |  760-756-3068  |  razinn@ucdavis.edu

Nutrition, health, and management of feedlot cattle.  Graduate Groups: Animal Biology


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