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