Payam Vahmani, Ph.D.

  • Assistant Professor, Nutritional Enhancement of Animal Sourced Foods, Department of Animal Science
Enhancing the nutritional and health value of animal-sourced foods for human consumption; Developing nutritional and management strategies to enhance the level of bioactive nutrients in animal-sourced foods; Examining health effects of functional/nutritionally enhanced animal-sourced foods using cell culture, animal models and clinical trials; Studying how animal-sourced foods foster human health (i.e. prevent chronic diseases and nutrient deficiencies), and their role in food security.

Timothy J. Hackmann, Ph.D.

  • Assistant Professor, Ruminant Nutrition, Department of Animal Science
Improving nutrition of ruminants through study of the microbes of the rumen; increasing supply of microbial protein available to animal digestion; discovering biochemical pathways that microbes use to ferment carbohydrates in feed.
2207 Meyer Hall

Mark H. Cooper, Ph.D.

  • Assistant Professor, Department of Human Ecology
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Animal Science
Social science and animal agriculture; policy, programs, and attitudes on animal agriculture from production through consumption; animal agriculture and climate change; animal welfare.
1221 Meyer Hall, 1335 Hart Hall

Huaijun Zhou, Ph.D.

  • Professor and Chancellor’s Fellow, Department of Animal Science
  • Director of USAID Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Genomics to Improve Poultry
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
2247 Meyer Hall

Xiang (Crystal) Yang, Ph.D.

  • Assistant Professor, Department of Animal Science
  • Assistant Meat Scientist, Department of Animal Science
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
2237 Meyer Hall

Alison L. Van Eenennaam, Ph.D.

  • Extension Specialist: Animal Biotechnology and Genomics, Department of Animal Science
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
2113 Meyer Hall