Education and Research:
U.S. Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service, National Center for Agricultural Utilization Research, Peoria, Illinois. October 1987 ‑ present. GS‑15 Microbiologist and Lead Scientist, Bioenergy Research Unit.
University of California, Berkeley, California 94720. October 1983 to October 1987. Postdoctoral Research. Department of Biochemistry. Advisor: Dr. Jesse C. Rabinowitz, Professor of Biochemistry.
Medical College of Virginia, Virginia Commonwealth University, Health Sciences Division, Richmond, Virginia 23298. August 1979 to September 1983. Ph.D. awarded from Department of Microbiology and Immunology. Advisor: Dr. Phillip B. Hylemon, Professor of Microbiology and Medicine. Thesis Project: Characterization of Active and Inactive Forms of Rat Hepatic 3‑Hydroxy‑3‑Methylglutaryl Coenzyme A Reductase.
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, Virginia 24060. September 1975 to June 1979. Bachelor of Science. Major: Biology.
Present Research Interests: Microbial ecology of swine gastrointestinal tract, feces, and stored manure; development of methods to reduce production of odor and gaseous emissions from stored swine manure; analyses of antibiotic resistance in swine GI tract and stored manure and impact on human health and food safety.
Professional Societies and Journals:
American Society for Microbiology.
American Society of Animal Science.
Grants, Honors and Awards:
5 USDA Certificates of Merit for various scientific accomplishments, 1991-2014.
U.S. Department of Agriculture/National Research Initiative Conference Grant. Conference on
Gastrointestinal Function, Chicago, IL. 2003.
Fellowship from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, Research
Theme: Quality of Animal Production. Research carried out at the Rowett Research Institute,
Aberdeen, Scotland, August, 1996. January 1996.
U.S. Department of Agriculture/Cooperative State Research Service Grant, A Model Rumens to
Evaluate Response to System Changes and Added Microorganisms. March 1994 - March 1996.
Fellowship from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development Cooperative
Research Project on Biological Resource Management. Research carried out at The Rowett
Research Institute, Aberdeen, Scotland. December 1993.
American Cancer Society Postdoctoral Fellowship. January 1985 to January 1986.