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Animal Health Research

Animal Health Research

Dr. Udaya DeSilva

We are interested in functional genomics of adipogenesis in cattle and metagenomics of rumen and other intestinal microflora.

Dr. Blake Wilson

My research activities focus on improving our understanding Bovine Respiratory Disease (BRD) complex and the relationships between the various risk factors for BRD and actual disease occurrence. I have conducted research experiments to evaluate nutritional, metabolic, and management interventions as methods to reduce BRD incidence and improve our understanding of the development and pathogenesis of the disease. The primary impact of this research will be to increase our knowledge of the BRD complex and the nutritional, metabolic, and animal management interventions that can be employed to reduce BRD incidence. By understanding the relationship between BRD and the various risk factors for the disease, cattle producers will be able to reduce production losses and improve the profitability of their operations through the implementation of various intervention strategies.

Dr. Glenn Zhang

Now with the use of medically important antibiotics being banned for growth promotion in livestock animals in the U.S., more effective alternatives to antibiotics are urgently needed to ensure animal health and productivity.  Dr. Zhang’s group is in pursuit of two different approaches to the development of novel antibiotic alternatives by employing a series of the state-of-the-art technologies in molecular immunology, functional genomics, metagenomics, and bioinformatics.  One approach is to modulate the synthesis of endogenous host defense peptides (HDPs) with the goal to develop HDP-inducing dietary compounds for disease control and prevention ("Modulating Innate Host Defense").  The second approach is to manipulate the structure and function of intestinal microbiota for optimal health and production efficiency.


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