Dr. Udaya DeSilva
Dr. DeSilva is interested in functional genomics of adipogenesis in cattle and metagenomics of rumen and other intestinal microflora. He has been a prolific researcher, publishing many articles during his time at OSU.
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.