Non-Ruminant Nutrition Research
Dr. Scott Carter
We are interested in functional genomics of adipogenesis in cattle and metagenomics of rumen and other intestinal microflora.
Dr. Adel Pezeshki
The energy balance regulation and changes in body weight and body composition are dependent on controls operating on both food intake and energy expenditure. I have a general research interest in animal metabolism and energy balance regulation, especially as applied to the mechanisms regulating energy expenditure. The overall goal of my research program is to identify novel regulators of thermogenesis and to characterize the pathways by which these key molecules coordinate adaptive changes in energy expenditure and metabolism. An understanding of the underlying mechanisms regulating energy expenditure is critical for developing novel strategies to mitigate health disorders such as obesity in companion animals, as well as for improving feed efficiency and productivity in agricultural species.
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.