Kirk C. Klasing - (Chair)
Dr. Kirk C. Klasing is a Professor of Avian Nutrition in the Department of Animal Science at the University of California, Davis. His research interests include the interactions between nutrition and the immune system of animals, for which he has received the Poultry Science Research Award from the Poultry Science Association, the BioServ Award from the American Institute of Nutrition, and the Lilly Animal Scientist Award. He holds a B.S. degree from Purdue University and a Ph.D. from Cornell University. Dr. Klasing serves on the editorial boards of Poultry Science, Animal Biotechnology, and Journal of Nutrition. Other areas of interest include immunophysiology and disease resistance, the immunologic basis of stress, and nutrition and metabolic adaptation required by carnivorous, granivorous, and nectivorous animals. He was a member of the NRC Subcommittee on Metabolism Modifiers and Nutrient Requirements in Food Producing Animals and the Division of Earth and Life Studies’ Board on Agriculture and Natural Resources. He also served as the chair of the NRC Committee on Minerals and Toxic Substances in Diets andWater for Animals, which completed its report in 2005.
Ryan N. Dilger
Dr. Ryan N. Dilger is an Associate Professor in the Department of Animal Sciences at the University of Illinois, Urbana. His research includes integrating the interdisciplinary fields of animal nutrition, immunophysiology, and neuroscience, including the ability of nutrients to impact metabolic, immunologic, and developmental patterns. Dr. Dilger has received many honors including the American Society for Nutrition (ASN) Bio-Serv Award in Experimental Animal Nutrition in 2016, International Life Sciences Institute (ILSI) North America Future Leader Award in 2015, and Poultry Science Association (PSA) Hy-Line International Research Award in 2014. He received his B.S. and M.S. in Animal Science from Purdue University and Ph.D. in Animal Science from the University of Illinois, Urbana.
Dr. William Dozier is a Professor in the College of Agriculture Poultry Science Department at Auburn University. His research efforts have focused on defining nutritional needs of broilers and the use of alternative ingredients and exogenous enzymes, which can lower feed costs. Dr. Dozier’s emphasis on broiler research has been practical and application oriented, so as to benefit the broiler industry both here in the USA and abroad. Through his numerous papers on the metabolizable energy and amino acid requirements of broilers, the industry has been able to formulate diets closer to the birds requirement, improving performance and saving considerably in the cost of production. Dr. Dozier has received many honors including National Chicken Council Broiler Research Award in 2013 and the American Feed Industry Association Poultry Nutrition Research Award in 2012. He received his B.S. in Animal and Dairy Science from Auburn University, M.S. in Animal Science from the University of Kentucky-Lexington, and Ph.D. in Poultry Science from Auburn University.
Robert G. Elkin
Dr. Robert G. Elkin is a Professor of Avian Nutritional Biochemistry in the Department of Animal Science at The Pennsylvania State University. His research program has spanned a number of areas, including avian amino acid nutrition and metabolism, nutritional utilization of sorghum grain, amino acid analysis of feedstuffs and physiological fluids by high-performance liquid chromatography, nutritional/pharmacological reduction of egg cholesterol content and, most recently, novel dietary approaches to enrich eggs and poultry meat with “heart healthy” very long-chain omega-3 fatty acids. Dr. Elkin’s work has been recognized nationally and internationally, as evidenced by his receipt of the American Feed Industry Association Nutrition Research Award (1997) and the American Egg Board Research Award (1991) from the Poultry Science Association, a Fulbright Scholar Research Award (Austria, 1992-93), an OECD Research Fellowship (Austria, 1995), and a “Pioneer of the Mid-Atlantic Nutrition Conference” Award (2008) for support and dedication to the establishment of the Conference. Dr. Elkin served as Head of the Department of Poultry Science at Penn State from 1999 until 2012, when it was merged with the former Dairy & Animal Science Department to form the Department of Animal Science. He received his B.S. in Animal Science from The Pennsylvania State University and an M.S. in Nonruminant Nutrition and a Ph.D. in Nutritional Biochemistry from Purdue University.
Dr. Peter Ferket is the William Neal Reynolds Professor - Extension Nutritionist at North Carolina State University. His extension program deals with issues related to nutrition and feeding practices of commercial poultry, with an emphasis on meat-type turkeys and broilers. Dr. Ferket’s research interests complement his extension activities in applied nutrition research of commercial meat-type and egg-laying poultry and the utilization of feed additives and agricultural co-products as feed ingredients for poultry. He is internationally recognized for his research on the nutritional requirements of turkeys, perinatal nutrition, and nutritional factors that affect gut health. His teaching expertise is in vitamin and mineral metabolism, and feed formulation and simulations modeling. He is a member of the American Registry of Professional Animal Scientists, Poultry Science Association, Southern Poultry Science Society, and World's Poultry Science Association. Dr. Ferket received his B.S. in Agriculture and M.S. in Poultry Nutrition from the University of Guelph, and Ph.D. in Animal Nutrition from Iowa State University.