College of Agriculture & Natural Resources
Animal & Avian Sciences

Research Opportunities

Students will work closely with their faculty mentor during their graduate studies.  Applicants should look for a research lab that matches their own interests.  The ANSC department currently has openings available in the following labs.  Please click on the faculty members names to learn more about their background and research programs.

Genetics & Cell Biology:

Genomics & Bioinformatics: Dr. Li Ma

Patterning of the early embryo with a focus on neural crest and placode cells: Dr. Lisa Taneyhill 


Nutrient Utilization & Metabolism:

Genetics of nutritional iron metabolism and anemia: Dr. Iqbal Hamza

Metal transporters in growth, development and disease: Dr. Byung-Eun Kim

Apical junctional complex in gastrointestinal homeostasis and disease: Dr. Younggeon Jin

Omics approaches to enhance muscle growth and aquaculture production: Dr. Mohamed Salem  



Reproduction & Development


Animal Behavior and Welfare

Research opportunities in the Weimer chicken behavior and welfare laboratory include using computer techniques to code video for behavior and to develop novel methods to measure digital and thermal images, as well as live chicken research experiments where students will gain experience in animal care and handling, data collection, and sample analysis. Dr. Shawna Weimer


Immune response to pathogens in animals: Dr. Zhengguo Xiao



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