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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 currently the faculty advisor for ...read full profile >>

Gary Apgar, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, 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 interested in nutrient ...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 nutritionist she continues to ...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, soybean phytochemicals and ...read full profile >>

Jeremy Davis, Ph.D.

Assistant 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. phytoestrogens and fatty ...read full profile >>

Eduardo Gastal, Ph.D. DVM

Associate Professor, Animal Science Food and Nutrition

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 experimental model for comparative ...read full profile >>

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 grandson. Special Interests Dr. Jones ...read full profile >>

Srimathi Kannan

Assistant Professor, Animal Science Food and Nutrition

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

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 University School of ...read full profile >>

Brian Small, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Animal Science Food and Nutrition

Brian Small
Office Phone: 618 | 453-7105 E-mail: bcsmall@siu.edu  Building Location: Agriculture Building, Room 115

Dr. Small earned is BA degree from Kutztown University in Marine Science and PhD from the University of Maryland in the area of Aquaculture and Fish Physiology.  After graduate school, Dr. Small accepted a Postdoctoral Researcher position at the University of Maryland to study ...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 at Southern Illinois University Carbondale (SIUC). She teaches foodservice management classes at SIUC. Sylvia is published in academic journals and serves as a reviewer for the journal of ...read full profile >>

Erin Venable

Assistant Professor, Animal Science Food and Nutrition

Erin Venable
Office Phone: 618 | 453-1358 E-mail: evenable@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 Enterprise ...read full profile >>