Erin Hisey, Dr. Mienaltowski and Carissa Garrity at the Outstanding Student Awards ceremony at the Mondavi Center, UCD campus

Department News and Updates: May 17, 2019


  • Erin Hisey and Carissa Garrity won Outstanding Student Awards, bestowed to graduating seniors by the University. 
  • Tianjing Zhao from Cheng lab was awardedthe Walton Berry Graduate Student Support Grant from The American Simmental Association.
  • Several faculty members from the department attended and spoke at the Aligning the Food System for Improved Nutrition in Animal Source Foods Conference on campus. Those who spoke at the conference include Ermias Kebreab, Jackson Gross, Frank Mitloehner, Anne Todgham, Huaijun Zhou and Alison Van Eenennaam was a moderator.


  • Alison Van Eenennaam was coauthor on a new U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) blueprint "Genome to Phenome: Improving Animal Health, Production and Well-Being” published in Frontiers and Genetics. This blueprint will serve as a guide for research and funding in animal genomics for 2018-2027 that will facilitate genomic solutions to enable producers to meet increasing future demands for animal products by a growing world population.
  • Yanhong Liu and Peng Ji published “Dietary Factors in Prevention of Pediatric Escherichia coli Infection: A Model Using Domestic Piglets” in the Institute for Laboratory Animal Research Journal.
  • Janet F. Roser and Geraldine Meyers-Brown published “Enhancing Fertility in Mares: Recombinant Equine Gonadotropins” in the Journal of Equine Veterinary Science. 
  • Mary Delany and Ingrid Youngworth (PhD student) published “A Premature Stop Codon in RAF1 Is the Priority Candidate Causative Mutation of the Inherited Chicken Wingless-2 Developmental Syndrome” in Genes. 


  • Linda Truong, Ph.D. candidate, and Guadalupe Péna, MS candidate, (both from the King lab) recently participated in the CA Animal Nutrition Conference in Fresno, CA.Linda presented findings from her MS thesis on feeding grocery store and bakery waste to broilers while Lupe presented a poster on feeding broccoli stems and leaves meal to laying hens. Congratulations to Lupe for winning the Graduate Student Poster Competition!
  • Dr. Jan Roser is an invited speaker at the 2019 Equine Science Society Symposium to be held from June 3-6 in Asheville, NC. She will speak on “Enhancing Fertility in Mares: Recombinant Equine Gonadotropins”.