Major Professors

Students should identify and contact a major professor with their area of interest.


John Blanton, Jr

  • Professor and Head

Research:

  • Forage-based beef cattle production
  • Muscle growth and development
  • Meat science

Derris Burnett

  • Assistant Professor

Research:

  • Molecular Approaches to Improve Muscle Composition and Meat Quality
  • Prenatal Programming of Postnatal Growth and Body Composition
  • Depot-Specific Adipose Tissue Development
  • Nutrient Partitioning and Metabolic Flexibility in Muscle and Adipose Tissue


Clay Cavinder

  • Associate Professor

Research:

  • Effects of nutrition and exercise on reproductive efficiency of the stallion and mare

Thu Dinh

  • Assistant Professor

Research:

  • Meat quality: the oxidation, packaging, and preservation of meat; meat tenderness, flavor, flavor precursors, and composition
  • Analytical methodology for meat and food research: LC, LC/MS, GC, GC/MS, AA, NIR; method development and validation


Jean Feugang

  • Assistant Research Professor

Research:

  • Biology of mammalian gametes and embryos
  • Post-collection semen manipulation (i.e., in vitro analyses, purification, and cryopreservation)
  • Non-invasive luminescence and fluorescence bioimaging
  • Nanotechnology in animal production, reproduction, and disease prevention
  • Various biological techniques are employed:
    1. cell and embryo culture;
    2. biochemical and cellular assays (i.e., ELISA and apoptosis analyses);
    3. proteomics (protein isolation, western-blot, and high-throughput approach);
    4. transcriptomics (DNA/RNA isolation, PCR, and high-throughput approach);
    5. Biophotonic imaging (bioluminescence and fluorescence).


Brandi Karisch

  • Milton Sundbeck Endowed Associate Extension/Research Professor

Research:

  • Improving efficiency of beef production
  • Applied beef cattle management


Jamie Larson

  • Associate Professor, Graduate Coordinator

Research:

  • Improving reproductive efficiency in dairy and beef cattle
  • Studying heat stress and reproduction physiology
  • Understanding the role of hormones in early embryonic death
  • Looking at the effects of dam nutritional stress on her offspring

Caleb Lemley

  • Assistant Professor

Research:

  • Environmental influence on fetal and placental growth
  • Therapeutic intervention during compromised pregnancy
  • Neonatal cardiovascular function and morbidity
  • Endocrine mediators of uteroplacental blood flow
  • Steroid metabolism pre- and post-conception


Shengfa Liao

  • Associate Professor

Research:

  • Nutrient regulation of animal growth/development and health
  • Diet/feed evaluation for swine production
  • Swine model for human nutrition and health
  • Molecular biotechnoloy


Molly Nicodemus

  • Associate Professor

Research:

  • Understanding the normal gait mechanics of the performance horse
  • Identifying gait parameters that may indicate lameness in the performance horse
  • Determining the influence of training and training devices on performance horses
  • Studying the development of equine gait mechanics through aging
  • Looking at the interaction between the rider and equine gait mechanics


Jane Parish

  • Professor and Head
    North MS Research and Extension Center

Research:

  • Forage systems for beef production
  • Applied beef cattle management


Daniel Rivera

  • Associate Research/Extension Professor

Research:

  • Nutrition and management of light-weight stocker cattle
  • Cow nutrition as it relates to calf performance
  • Use of by-products in cattle diets
  • Management of beef cattle supplementation to better utilize forage


Trent Smith

  • Associate Professor

Research:

  • Estimation of genetic parameters in performance, carcass, and consumer related traits in beef cattle
  • Evaluation of beef breeds, breed types, and mating systems


Amanda Stone

  • Assistant Professor

Research:

  • Mastitis
  • Heat stress
  • Pasture grazing
  • Disease detection
  • Precision dairy monitoring


Rhonda Vann

  • Research Professor

Research:

  • Growth and development of beef cattle with emphasis in heifer development
  • Reproductive efficiency
  • Live animal carcass evaluation
  • Immunity, animal behavior, and herd health