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Amer AbuGhazaleh, Ph.D.

Professor, Animal Science Food and Nutrition

Amer AbuGhazaleh

Office Phone: 618 | 453-1767
E-mail: aabugha@siu.edu
Building Location: Agriculture Building, Room 119

Dr. AbuGhazaleh has a PhD in dairy science from South Dakota State University. After completing his PhD, Dr. AbuGhazaleh worked as a research scientist in the Department of Animal Science at Clemson University, South Carolina. Dr. AbuGhazaleh is ...read full profile >>

Gary Apgar, Ph.D.

Professor and Distinguished Teacher, Animal Science Food and Nutrition

Gary Apgar

Office Phone: 618 | 453-1765
E-mail: pigguy@siu.edu
Building Location: Agriculture Building, Room 123

Dr. Apgar received his graduate degrees from Virginia Tech in ‘91 and ’94 in swine nutrition.  He arrived at SIUC in 1998 after 4 years in the feed and production areas of the swine industry. Special Interests Dr. Apgar is ...read full profile >>

Rebecca Atkinson, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Animal Science Food and Nutrition

Rebecca Atkinson

Office Phone: 618 | 453-5000
E-mail: ratkinsn@siu.edu
Building Location: Agriculture Building, Room 131

Rebecca grew up on a ranch in WY and is passionate about the beef cattle industry. She started at SIU in August of 2006; as an associate professor she enjoys teaching our future generations about beef and livestock production.  As a ruminant ...read full profile >>

William J. Banz, Ph.D., R.D.

Department Chair, Animal Science Food and Nutrition

William Banz

Office Phone: 618 | 453-7511
E-mail: banz@siu.edu 
Building Location: Agriculture Building, Room 125

Dr. Banz's specialization is in Nutrition Physiology, focusing primarily on the relationship amongst the bioactive components of functional foods, health and gene-nutrient interaction. Much of his research is concentrated on the health of soybeans, ...read full profile >>

Jeremy Davis, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Animal Science Food and Nutrition

Jeremy Davis

Office Phone: 618 | 453-1760
E-mail: jedavis@siu.edu 
Building Location: Agriculture Building, Room 111

My primary research interests are focused on elucidating the cellular mechanisms that link obesity to its related comorbidities, such as diabetes and nonalcoholic fatty liver disease. Our recent work has examined the hepatoprotective properties of soy (i.e. ...read full profile >>

Nicole Davis, Ph.D.

Instructor, Animal Science Food and Nutrition

Nicole Davis

Office Phone: 618 | 453-7516
E-mail: ndavis@siu.edu
Building Location: Quigley Hall, Room 207-C

Dr. Davis is an early adopter of technology and works to integrate technology into the classroom when appropriate. She is an active member of the International Society of Travel and Tourism Educators, being elected to the Board of Directors in 2010. ...read full profile >>

Chris Evitts

Accountant I, Animal Science Food and Nutrition

Office Phone: 618 | 453-1700
E-mail: cevitts@siu.edu
Building Location: Agriculture Building, Room 127

John Farrish, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Animal Science Food and Nutrition

Dr. John Farrish

Office Phone: 618 | 453-5192
E-mail: john.farrish@siu.edu
Building Location: Quigley Hall, Room 213-D

Dr. John Farrish is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Animal Science, Food and Nutrition. He teaches a variety of courses in Hospitality Management, including Food and Labor Cost Control and Facilities Management. Dr. Farrish had a ...read full profile >>

Eduardo Gastal, Ph.D. DVM

Professor, Animal Science Food and Nutrition

Eduardo Gastal

Office Phone: 618 | 453-1774
E-mail: egastal@siu.edu 
Building Location: Agriculture Building, Room 129

Dr. Gastal’s current areas of research are ovarian folliculogenesis, reproductive physiology and endocrinology, assisted reproductive technologies, and reproductive ultrasonography with the primary goal of using the mare as a research ...read full profile >>

Lynn Gill, MS, RD, LDN

Instructor, Animal Science Food and Nutrition

Office Phone: 618 | 453-7512
E-mail: lynng@siu.edu
Office: Quigley Hall, Room 213-C

Lynn Gill graduated from Loyola University of Chicago in 1988 and Southern Illinois University in 1996.  She worked at SIU's Wellness Center for 21 years before joining ASFN faculty. Special Interests Physical and emotional impact of ...read full profile >>

Brenda Green, MS, RD, LDN, CLC

Instructor, Animal Science Food and Nutrition

Brenda Green

Office Phone: 618 | 453-7513
E-mail: bgreen@siu.edu
Building Location: Quigley Hall, Room 209

Brenda Green graduated from Southeast Missouri State University in 1994 with a Bachelor of Science degree in dietetics. In 2000, she graduated from Southern Illinois University with a Master of Science degree in Community Nutrition. Brenda worked close to ...read full profile >>

Afroza Hasin, Ph.D

Instructor, Animal Science Food and Nutrition

Afroza Hasin

Office Phone: 618 | 453-1768
E-mail: afroza@siu.edu 
Building Location: Quigley Hall, Room 207-A

Classes:  HND 101 Education: M.S. in Human Nutrition [2004] Washington State University, Pullman,Washington. M.S. in Nutrition [1992] University of Dhaka, Dhaka, Bangladesh B. S. (Hons.) Food and Nutrition [1989] University of Dhaka, Dhaka, Bangladesh

Karen Jones, Ph.D.

Department Chair for PSAS, Animal Science Food and Nutrition

Karen Jones

Office Phone: 618 | 453-2496
E-mail: kljones@siu.edu 
Building Location: Agriculture Building, Room 178

Dr. Jones arrived at SIUC in 1999 after completing her doctoral training at Texas A and M University.  Dr. Jones hobbies include swimming, quilting, gardening and walking her dogs.  She is married with two children and one ...read full profile >>

Ravi Karan

Instructor, Animal Science Food and Nutrition

Office Phone: 618 | 453-7515
E-mail: ravikaran@siu.edu
Building Location: Quigley Hall, Room 207-C

Mickey Latour, Ph.D.

Professor and Dean, College of Agricultural Sciences

Mickey Latour

Office Phone: 618 | 453-2469
E-mail: mlatour@siu.edu  
Building Location: Agriculture Building, Room 200
Mailing Address:
College of Agricultural Sciences
Southern Illinois University Carbondale
1205 Lincoln Drive
Carbondale, IL 62901-4416

Mickey earned is BS degree from Southeastern Louisiana University and MS/PhD from Mississippi State University in the area of Animal Physiology.  After graduate school, Mickey accepted a National Institutes of Health (NIH) Fellowship at Washington ...read full profile >>

Dawn Bloyd Null, Ph.D., R.D.N., L.D.N.

Dawn Bloyd Null, Ph.D., R.D.N., L.D.N.

Office Phone: 618-453-2462
Email: dawnnull@siu.eduBuilding Location: Quigley Hall, Room 213D

Dr. Null is a Registered Dietitian and Health Educator with over 18 years of experience working in the field and in college health. Her eclectic background includes food distribution and menu and recipe development; health promotion program development, ...read full profile >>

Erin Perry

Assistant Professor, Animal Science Food and Nutrition

Erin Venable

Office Phone: 618 | 453-1358
E-mail: erin.perry@siu.edu
Building Location: Agriculture Building, Room 131

Special Interests Areas of interest include Equine Nutrition, Metagenomics, Probiotics, Canine Nutrition, and Working Animal Performance. Classes ANS 219 - Introductory Horse Management ANS 409 - Equine Science ANS 419 - Stable Management ANS 429 - Equine ...read full profile >>

Sylvia Smith Thoms, Ph.D. CHE

Associate Professor, Animal Science Food and Nutrition

Sylvia Smith Thoms

Office Phone: 618 | 536-7567
E-mail: ssmith8@siu.edu 
Building Location: Quigley Hall, Room 209-B

Dr. Sylvia Smith is a faculty member in the Department of Animal Science, Food and Nutrition in the College of Agricultural Sciences at Southern Illinois University (SIU). She received her Ph.D. from the University of Tennessee. Dr. Smith teaches ...read full profile >>

Stephanie Speiser

Senior Lecturer, Animal Science Food and Nutrition

Stephanie Speiser

Office Phone: 618 | 453-1773
E-mail: sspeiser@siu.edu 
Building Location: Agriculture Building, Room 113

Stephanie left the family farm to pursue a career with horses.  She received her Master of Animal Science specializing in Equine Reproduction from SIU in 2000.  Prior to attending SIU, she was professionally employed in various aspects ...read full profile >>

Katherine Witrick

Department of Animal Science, Food & Nutrition

Dr. Witrick

Email: katherine.witrick@siu.edu
Room: Agriculture 121
Phone: (618) 453-1766

Dr. Witrick is a flavor chemistry specializing in the flavor development of fermented beverage systems throughout the aging process. She has both industry and academic experience. Prior to joining the faculty at SIU she worked as a Postdoctoral researcher ...read full profile >>