- Research Leader, Meats Research Unit
U.S. Meat Animal Research Center
Northern Plains Area,
Mohammad Koohmaraie is native of Iran. He received his
B.S. degree in Animal Science from Pahlavi University in Iran. Dr.
Koohmaraie immigrated to the United States of America in June of 1978. He
received his M.S. degree from Texas A&M at Kingsville (formerly know as Texas A&I
University) in 1980 and Ph.D. Degree in Animal Science (Major: Meat Science and Muscle
Biochemistry and Minor: Food Microbiology) from Oregon State University, Corvallis,
Oregon in 1984.
From 1984 to 1987, Dr. Koohmaraie was a postdoctoral fellow at the Roman L.
Hruska U.S. Meat Animal Research Center (MARC) of USDA-ARS and Michigan State University.
In 1987, he joined the staff at MARC as a Research Physiologist. In 1991 became the
Research Leader of the Meats Research Unit at that location.
Throughout his career,
he has focused his research efforts on the biological mechanisms regulating meat tenderness.
Current meat quality research objectives include the development of non-invasive instrumentation
for carcass classification for yield and quality.
Dr. Koohmaraie also has responsibility for post-harvest food safety research at MARC.
He works closely with the members of the meat industry to design projects to address food
safety problems relevant to industry. The focal point of these projects is the development
of methodology to assess the prevalence of key foodborne pathogens and intervention strategies
to reduce/eliminate these pathogens from the red meat supply. He also responds to
the research needs of Food Safety and Inspection Service.