Comparative Animal Nutrition




Ryan Dilger

  • Hometown: Mariah Hill, IN
  • Degrees:
    Animal Science, BS, 2001, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN
    Animal Science, MS, 2004, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN
    Animal Science, PhD, 2007, University of Illinois, Urbana, IL
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Ph.D. Students

Joanne Fil

  • Hometown: Niles, IL
  • Degrees: Biology, BS, 2016, Loyola University Chicago, Chicago, IL
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Stephen Fleming

  • Hometown: Mundelein, IL
  • Degrees: Psychology, BS, 2014, University of Illinois, Urbana, IL
  • Description of Research: My research focuses on the incorporation of egg bioactives in the diet of pregnant mothers and how this affects long-term brain development and cognition of offspring using a piglet model. Currently, I am developing a behavioral task to measure recognition memory across the lifespan. More broadly, my interests lie in using a piglet model to better understand neurodevelopment and how altered nutrition affects learning and memory, stress, anxiety, and their neural substrates.
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Kaylee Hahn

  • Hometown: Ames, Iowa
  • Degrees: BS, Nutritional Science Pre-Health and Research 2017, Iowa State University
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Austin Mudd

  • Hometown: Fishers, IN
  • Degrees: Molecular Genetics, BS, 2012, Ohio State University, Columbus, OH
  • Description of Research: My work focuses on the impact of perinatal nutrition on neurodevelopment. As such, I am involved in developing and refining magnetic resonance imaging techniques to be used as sensitive markers of neurodevelopment in the piglet model. Additionally, I am working on development of eyeblink conditioning, a novel associative learning paradigm for the piglet model.
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Muhammed Shameer Abdul Rasheed

  • Hometown: Trivandrum, Kerala, India
  • Degrees:
    Veterinary Science & Animal Husbandry, BS, 2012, Kerala Veterinary and Animal Sciences University
    Poultry Science, MS, 2016, University of Arkansas

Brooke Murphy Smith

  • Hometown: Midland, MI
  • Degrees:
    Animal Science, BS, 2013, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI
    Veterinary Medical Scholars Program, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, DVM in-progress, Urbana, IL
  • Description of Research: Current research focuses on the interaction between nutrition and health of non-ruminants. Primarily, I will be investigating the effects of feeding soybeans and soybean isolates or products on the immunological response of post-weaning age piglets to Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome Virus (PRRSV).
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M.S. Students

Kristen Karkiewicz

  • Hometown: Mahomet, IL
  • Degrees: Animal Science, BS, 2014, University of Illinois, Urbana, IL
  • Current Position: Facility coordinator for the Piglet Nutrition and Cognition Laboratory (PNCL). Manage the facility by artificially rearing piglets from 2 days of age to 4 weeks. Oversee undergraduates to make sure daily operations are completed. Assist graduate students with planning and executing behavior and neuro imaging procedures.

Laura Knight

  • Hometown: Tuscola, IL
  • Degrees: Animal Science, BS, 2014, University of Illinois, Urbana, IL
  • Description of Research: My research will focus on the cognitive and behavioral development of a nonruminant in the face of a micronutrient deficiency. The primary goal is to use the piglet as a comparable model to the early development of a human infant.
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Maci Oelschlager

  • Hometown: Fairbury, IL
  • Degrees: Animal Science, BS, 2016, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
  • Description of Research: Investigating coccidiosis in chickens and the ability for dietary components to alter the immune response associated with that sickness.
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Visiting Scientist

Melissa Hannis


Laura Bauer