Department News and Updates: May 10, 2019


  • At the 2019 UC Davis Academic Awards ceremony, Alison Van Eenennaam received the Academic Feder-ationJamesH.MeyerAwardforexceptionalcareer-longachievementsatUCDavisandFrankMitloehnerreceived the Academic Senate Distinguished Teaching Award for outstanding teaching in both undergrad-uate and graduate levels, making extraordinary impacts on students. 
  • Hogs bred at the Swine Facility won champion and reserve market at the Washoe County 4-H show in  Nevada. Both hogs were purchased at the Aggie Classic sale in January. Congratulations to all involved!
  • The work of Itai Brand-Thomas, a graduate student of the Animal Biology Graduate Group from the Hess Lab, on anaerobic fungi from the rumen has been covered on the “Scientists of the future at the 30th   Fungal Genetics Conference” blog by BMC.
  • An article about the Animal Livestock Breeding Program and springtime activities at all the Animal Science Facilities was published in The California Aggie.


  • .Alison Van Eenennaam and Maci Mueller (Ph.D. Student) published “Comparison of gene editing versus conventional breeding to introgress the POLLED allele into the US dairy cattle population” in Journal of Dairy Science that was selected as “Editor’s Choice” by editor-in-chief, Matt Lucy.
  • .Andrea Schreier and Matt Thorstensen published “To breed or not to breed? Maintaining genetic diversity in white sturgeon supplementation programs” in Conservation Genetics.


  • The Liu Lab (Kwangwook Kim, Yijie He, Cynthia Jinno, Lauren Kovanda and Sheena Kim) attended the 2019 California Animal Nutrition Conference (CANC) in Fresno, CA and presented their research.