Major Responsibilities/Research Interests
My interests lie in how biological systems influence the development of lean meat and fat tissues, specifically looking through the window of gene expression. Many new and exciting areas have now come to the forefront regarding the control of gene expression via dietary means (nutrigenomics), and the different individual responses to changes in diet (nutrigenetics). By utilizing changes in gene expression due to diet and/or other treatments, we can tease out a clearer understanding of how biological systems function and then apply this knowledge to practical situations, for example beef production. I am also interested permanent gene expression changes that can be programmed in the next generation due to nutrition and/or other factors affecting the parental generation (epigenetics).