College of Agriculture & Natural Resources
Animal & Avian Sciences


Research in the Department of Animal and Avian Sciences is focused on four core areas (Nutrient Utilization & Metabolism, Genetics & Cell Biology, Reproduction & Development, and Pathobiology & Infectious Diseases) that interact in an interdisciplinary manner, thereby fostering scientific collaborations among research groups. As such, the Department’s research programs extend beyond traditional areas of animal science and include investigation into the molecular, cellular and biochemical basis of animal reproduction and development.

Genetics & Cell Biology

Faculty in our Genetics and Cell Biology Group investigate the genetic basis for animal growth, disease resistance, and nutrient efficiency, and the mechanisms underlying nutrient uptake, cellular differentiation, and lipid secretion. Learn more>>

Nutrient Utilization & Metabolism

Faculty in our Nutrient Utilization and Metabolism Group study the uptake, transport and fate of nutrients in animals, the nutritional requirements of animals, and procedures for minimizing nutrient loss to the environment. Learn more>>

Reproduction & Development

The Reproduction and Development faculty possess a wide range of scientific expertise that, in many instances, spans multiple core research areas. Through both basic and applied research, our faculty continues to make important contributions to the fields of animal agriculture and the biomedical sciences. Key questions being addressed by this group include the following. Learn more>>

Pathobiology & Infectious Diseases

The major task for this pathogen-host interacting group is to decipher how hosts launch efficient immunity against infections, thus information obtained will be useful for the development of vaccine and control of infectious diseases. This group include faculty with expertise covering multiple disciplines in both basic and translational research. Learn more>>


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