Department of Animal Sciences
Graduate student pursuing her research.


Our innovative research programs address the efficiency, profitability and well-being of animals in order to enhance the supply of food for the world's growing population. Fundamental research in physiology, nutrition and behavior not only solve animal sciences problems, but also have significant impact on medical problems in humans. Our programs in companion animal biology result in scientific breakthroughs that guide the decision-making processes of pet owners.

Our research programs reflect the broad range of interests of our faculty and graduate students. Approximately 40 faculty in the Department publish more than 200 peer-reviewed journal articles, book chapters, books, and invited papers each year and are awarded more than $6.5 million in research funds. Eleven members of the faculty have been named University Scholars and many are asked to serve on prestigious national review panels and committees of the USDA, NIH, NSF and National Research Council of the National Academy of Sciences.

Departmental faculty participate in and provide leadership to several campus-wide research initiatives and interact with colleagues in life sciences, medicine, veterinary medicine, and many other units in the university. Faculty are also engaged with a number of interdisciplinary programs on campus including the Institute for Genomic Biology (IGB) and the Nutritional Sciences and Neurosciences programs.