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Department of Animal Sciences


Research Laboratories

Laboratory space is located in Animal Science Building (Columbus), Plumb Hall (Columbus), Gerlaugh Hall (Wooster), and outlying facilities.

Research Capabilities and Equipment
Animal Enterprise Management
  • Faciliites for animal behavior, weight gain, milk yield, body temperature, respiration rate, and general health measurements
Biomass Utilization and Microbial Ecology
  • Faculty laboratory (Columbus)
  • Wooster anaerobic digesters of different scales with sophisticated monitoring and controls
  • Laboratories for microbiology, nutrition, feed, chemistry research
  • Computing capabilities to model and analyze research results
  • Classical microbiological methods and molecular biology techniques (e.g., real-time PCR, recombinant DNA techniques, DGGE), metagenomics, comparative genomics, proteomics, and microarrays
  • Columbus faculty lab: animal cell culture incubators and hood, PCR machines, Western blot equipment, and facilities for experiments in general molecular and cellular biology
  • Meat Science Laboratory (see below)
  • Access to core molecular biology facilities
  • Areas used for mammary physiology and mastitis trials include customized stalls for intensive sampling and video recording
  • Faculty laboratory: microscopy, protein characterization, cellular, and molecular biology
  • OARDC Dairy Nutrition Laboratory: microbiology, mastitis diagnostics, and cytology
Meat Science
  • Meat Science Laboratory (Columbus)
  • Access to food animal species: swine, cattle, sheep, goats, and poultry
  • Harvest and sample collection, carcass composition and fabrication, fat and muscle quality assessment, chemical composition, mechanical tenderness assessment, and sensory panel capabilities
Muscle Biology
  • Instruments for muscle cell culture, gene manipulation in cells and animals, gene cloning, protein purification and quantification, quantification of mRNA and protein, and flow cytometry
  • Facilities for experiments in general molecular, cellular, and developmental biology
Nutritional Science
  • Specialized facilities at animal centers located on both campuses for nutrient digestion, metabolism, and environmental impact of animal feeding.
  • Faculty laboratories in Columbus and Wooster: equipped to handle endocrinological and molecular biology techniques such as hormone analyses, PCR, protein determination, immunohistochemistry, in situ hybridization, and tissue culture