My research program focuses upon the growth and development of adipose tissue (fat).

Two overriding issues define the research interests of my laboratory: 1) the general failure of meat animals to reach their potential for growth, and 2) the emergence of obesity as a global health epidemic.

Thus, research in my laboratory concentrates on the nutritional and hormonal regulation of: 1) fat cell differentiation, 2) fat cell metabolism, and 3) the innate immune function of both adipose tissue and muscle.

Dr. Terry Brandebourg’s lab is investigating what gene is responsible for instramuscular fat deposition.

Subject area: Growth and Muscle Biology

Animal Science
BS, Purdue University
PhD, Oregon State University
animal science