Science for Life

We partner and collaborate with industry leaders and producers to create real-world solutions to animal production challenges.


We are leaders in food animal production systems biology. We partner with the industry in food animal production to provide solutions to complex issues in animal productivity, efficiency, environmental sustainability, and well-being. Our novel approach in the animal science field collects biological information from different layers in the whole animal and populations to discover the biological mechanisms that affect animal growth and health responses in commercial animal production systems. Our Integrated Animal Systems Biology Team is an essential part of the Department of Animal Science and College of Food, Agricultural, and Natural Resource Sciences (CFANS) at the University of Minnesota.


We use state-of-the-art analytical methods in systems biology, that leverage on molecular biology, bioinformatics and data mining to discover new information that can be translated into effective nutritional and management interventions in commercial animal production systems. Our team is comprised of experts in gastrointestinal physiology, metabolomics, microbiomics, functional genomics, and animal nutrition.  We integrate this knowledge to understand the complex mechanisms underlying animal growth and health responses, define cause-and-effect relationships and provide an integral view on how nutrients, feed additives, animal hygiene, and environmental conditions are involved in improving animal productivity, efficiency and health.

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