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.

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