Faculty

Kathryn Teixeira, Ph.D.

  • Assistant Professor of Teaching
Kathryn Teixeira's research interests include evaluation of informal teacher mentoring and in-service in school-based agricultural education, inclusion of students with special needs in school-based agricultural education, and teachers’ use of social media as a means for increased social capital in agricultural education.

Carly Moody, Ph.D.

  • Assistant Professor
Carly Moody's research interests include a combination of applied ethology and epidemiology research methods and statistical techniques to study animal welfare. She has conducted research in a variety of areas including low-stress handling, agonistic interactions in socially housed animals, mitigating procedural pain and stress, and studying human-animal interactions. She conducts research with a range of animal species including companion, farmed, and laboratory animals.
2131D Meyer Hall

Payam Vahmani, Ph.D.

  • Assistant Professor, Nutritional Enhancement of Animal Sourced Foods
Payam Vahmani's research interests include 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, and studying how animal-sourced foods foster human health (i.e. prevent chronic diseases and nutrient deficiencies), and their role in food security.

Timothy Hackmann, Ph.D.

  • Assistant Professor, Ruminant Nutrition
Timothy Hackmann's research interests include 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 Cooper, Ph.D.

  • Assistant Professor, Department of Human Ecology
  • Assistant Professor
Mark Cooper's research interests include 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
  • Director of USAID Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Genomics to Improve Poultry
Huaijun Zhou's research interests include molecular and cellular mechanisms of host- pathogen interaction and disease resistance using genetic, epigenomic and bioinformatic approaches in poultry and the 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
  • Assistant Meat Scientist
Xiang Yang's research interests include 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

Jason Watters, Ph.D.

  • Associate Adjunct Professor
Jason Watters' research interests include animal behavior, animal welfare, conservation behavior, behavioral assays of animal welfare, environmental enrichment for zoo and aquarium animals, and zoo animal behavior and its impact on zoo-goers.