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Asui, Dionne

Secretary
  

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Email:  HNFAS@ctahr.hawaii.edu
Phone:  956-8236
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Asuncion, Carrie Ann

Inst Supp
  

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Email:  caasunci@hawaii.edu
Phone:  956-4124
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Banna, Jinan

Associate Prof. in Human Nutrition
  

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Email:  jcbanna@hawaii.edu
Phone:  956-7857
Interests:  
Nutrition Education, Community Nutrition

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Nutrition Education, Community Nutrition
Barron, Ricardo

Acad Supp
  

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Email:  rbarron@hawaii.edu
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Butel, Jean

Jr Rsrch
  

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Email:  jbutel@hawaii.edu
Phone:  956-5319
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Caires, Kyle

Asst Extn Agent
  

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Email:  kccaires@hawaii.edu
Phone:  878-1212, ext 27
Interests:  
  • Reproductive Physiology, Stem Cell Development
  • Quantitative and Molecular Genetics, Genetic Improvement of Livestock
  • Sustainable Livestock Production and Management Practices

Specialization:  
Improving Reproductive Performance of Livestock, Genetic Improvement of Livestock, Youth Development in 4-H Livestock Programs, etc.
Calabrese, Allison

MS - Nutritional Sciences
  

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Email:  acalabre@hawaii.edu
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Castle, Brittany

MS - Animal Sciences
  

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Email:  bcastle9@hawaii.edu
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PQA Plus certified
Cota-Kumagai, Linda

EFNEP Prog Asst
  

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Email:  lindack@hawaii.edu
Phone:  956-4124
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Draper, Jennifer Leigh

Lecturer
  

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Email:  jdraper@hawaii.edu
Phone:  956-9114
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Esquivel, Monica

Assistant Professor and Dietetics Program Director
  

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Email:  monicake@hawaii.edu
Phone:  956-8691
Interests:  
Community food access and health
Child health
Childhood obesity prevention
Dietetics, education
Interprofessional education in Health

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Registered Dietitian Community Nutrition Childhood Obesity Prevention
Fialkowski, Marie Kainoa

Assoc Prof
  

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Email:  mariekf@hawaii.edu
Phone:  956-8337
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Traditional Native Hawaiian first feeding practices; Nutrition education capacity building for Native Hawaiians
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Infant Feeding, Nutrition and Health in Indigenous Populations, Nutritional Assessment, Nutrition Education for Underserved Populations, Online Nutrition Course Delivery
Hackney, Lara

Instructor
  

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Email:  laraj27@hawaii.edu
Phone:  956-3837
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He, Yanghua

Assistant Professor of Genomics and Epigenomics
  

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Email:  yanghua.he@hawaii.edu
Phone:  956-7090
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Research interests:

Animal Genomics and Epigenomics; Environmental genome-wide association studies (GWAS); Genomics Selection; Impacts of climate changes on livestock production; Nutrigenomics; Metagenomics; Gut health and microbiome diversity; CRISPR-Cas9.


Lab members: 

Past graduate students:
1. Huong Thanh Vu, M.S.; currently working in a Bio-tech company located in San Francisco

 Graduate students:

1. Mandeep Adhikari, Ph.D. Department of Molecular Biosciences and Bioengineering
2. Natalie Deans, M.S. Department of Human Nutrition, Food and Animal Sciences

Undergraduate students:
1. Christopher Aguirre, Molecular Biosciences and Bioengineering
2. Jacey Mitchell, Molecular Cell Biology


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1. Benchwork: Sequencing platforms: Illumina HiSeq; Mi-seq; 10*Genomics; Nanopore sequencing. Library constructions for sequencing: DNA-seq; RNA-seq; ChIP-seq and CUT&RUN; MBD-seq; MeDIP-seq; WGBS; RRBS; Bisulfite cloning sequencing; pyrosequencing; HiC; PLAC-seq; ATAC-seq. CRISPR-based technologies (Genome-editing and Epigenome-editing). sgRNA Library Screening. 2. Data analysis: Bioinformatics in Genetic and Epigenetic data analysis; Galaxy platform; Linux Operating System; Computational languages: Perl, Python, R, Matlab, SAS, C++
Hill, Erik

Computer Specialist
  

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Email:  erikhill@hawaii.edu
Phone:  956-4758
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Ho, Kacie

Asst Prof
  

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Email:  kacieho@hawaii.edu
Phone:  956-8286
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Jamieson, Kristen

Waianae Farm to School Coordinator
  

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Email:  kejamie@hawaii.edu
Phone:  956-7095
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Jha, Rajesh

Professor and Graduate Chair of Animal Sciences
  

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Email:  rjha@hawaii.edu
Phone:  956-4122
Interests:  
Monogastric Animal Nutrition, Gut Heath and Physiology, Feed and Feed Additive Evaluation
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Monogastric Animal Nutrition, Gut Heath and Physiology, Feed and Feed Additive Evaluation
Jun, Soojin

Professor
  

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Email:  soojin@hawaii.edu
Phone:  956-8283
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  • Novel food processing techniques: ohmic heating, selective far infrared (FIR) heating, pulsed UV light treatment and high pressure processing.
  • Nanotechnology, carbon nanotubes (CNT) application: CNTs can be applied not only to special surface treatment but also biosensing in food industries, i.e. CNT modified electrode.
  • Biosensors: SPR biosensor for detection of pathogens such as Salmonella and Listeria in eggs, meat, juice, and milk. Fiber optic fluorescence based biosensors will be applied to monitor pathogens in food and health sectors.
  • FTIR spectroscopy: Measurement of sugars and sweeteners in dairy and other liquid type foods, kavalactones in kava juices, and microbial detection in liquid foods.
  • Food packaging: Development of retort pouches for beef products to be value added.

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Food Engineering, Food Processing, Food preservation, Biosensing
Kai, Jessie

MS - Nutritional Sciences
  

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Kim, Yong-Soo

Researcher
  

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Email:  ykim@hawaii.edu
Phone:  956-8335
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Research activities in my laboratory have been directed towards exploring potential methods of improving animal growth performance and carcass composition based on our current understanding of the molecular mechanisms of action of growth regulation. Recent works are mostly related to myostatin, a potent negative regulator of skeletal muscle growth. 

  • Understanding of the mechanisms of action of myostatin in regulating skeletal muscle development and growth.
  • Production of recombinant proteins interacting with myostatin, including myostatin prodomain, extracellular domain of activin type IIB receptors and investigation of myostatin suppressing activity of those molecules in vitro and in vivo system. 

In addition, we have been investigated the meat quality characteristics of locally produced, forage-finished beef, as well as exploring innovative ways to improve the marketability of low-value cuts of the forage-finished carcasses.


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Growth physiology; muscle biology ; meat science: Cattle-ProductionSwine-Production-all aspectsCattle-PostharvestSwine-Postharvest
Lacanaria, Kiani

Inst Supp
  

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Email:  kianil@hawaii.edu
Phone:  956-4878
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Lee, Chin Nyean

Specialist
  

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Email:  chinl@hawaii.edu
Phone:  956-4882
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Dr. Lee's research interests include postpartum cow reproduction, dairy production and management. Stress physiology in food animals under the tropical and subtropical environment have been his emphasis. His work can be found in a wide range of journals such as Dairy Sci., ASABE, Int'l Biometrology, Andrology, Environmental Entomology, Zygote, etc. He had also contributed 2 chapters to text books for professionals.
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Reproductive Physiology Dairy Science: Cattle-Dairy -Pasture ManagementForage Crops in gen.-MarketingCrops in gen.-Agricultural DevelopmentAnimals in gen.-Agricultural DevelopmentPasture in gen.-Management
Lee, Cheng Sheng

Researcher and Exec Dir Ctr for Trop & Subtrop Ag
  

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Email:  chenglee@hawaii.edu
Phone:  956-3385
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Reproduction control in marine finfish and marine shrimp; Early life history of fish and shrimp; Ecology of live feed organisms; and Aquaculture Management in general.
Lee, Mi-Jeong

Asst Prof
  

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Email:  leemj7@hawaii.edu
Phone:  956-9565
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Li, Yong

Assoc Prof
  

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Email:  liyong@hawaii.edu
Phone:  956-6408
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• Genetic fingerprinting of microbial communities in food
• Microbial survival and virulence during food processing
• Rapid detection of foodborne pathogens
• Probiotics and functional food
• Predictive microbiology

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Ma, Maggie

Inst Supp
  

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Email:  myma@hawaii.edu
Phone:  956-3974
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Martinez, Linda M

EFNEP Prog Asst
  

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Email:  lindamm@hawaii.edu
Phone:  956-4124
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Mishra, Birendra

Assistant Professor
  

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Email:  bmishra@hawaii.edu
Phone:  956-7021
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Dr. Mishra’s research interest includes the regulation of egg formation in the oviduct of laying hens, effects of nutrition and/or environmental stress on meat and egg production, Ovarian and uterine physiology of poultry and cattle.
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Reproductive Physiology of Domestic Animals and Poultry, Environmental stress on reproduction, Transcriptional regulation of egg formation in the laying hens, nutritional programming to increase the reproductive efficiencies.
Nakamoto, Stuart T

Extension Economist/Spec
  

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Email:  snakamo@hawaii.edu
Phone:  956-8125
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Agr. marketing / adding value (marketing of specialty crops & products); agribusiness management; agr. economics; risk management; tea; blueberries
Nguyen, Yen

Acad Supp
  

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Novotny, Rachel

Professor
  

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Email:  novotny@hawaii.edu
Phone:  956-3848
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My research interests focus on diet, physical activity and body size factors, their influence on the process of growth and maturation, and implications for health and disease. My work focuses on periods of rapid growth, including pregnancy, infancy, and adolescence. Research areas include the role of breast-feeding in maturation and growth, and the importance of variability of body size in different population groups for risk of disease. I especially focus on diverse understudied populations. I seek systems change to political, economic, social and biologic factors to improve nutrition and health.
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Community and global nutrition; Maternal and child nutrition; Public health nutrition; Field assessment of nutrition status
Odani, Jenee

Associate Specialist, Extension Veterinarian, Pre-Vet Adviser
  

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Email:  jsodani@hawaii.edu
Phone:  956-3847
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Diseases of animals; diagnostic testing
Herd health management
Foreign animal diseases and related Federal/State programs and policies
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Diseases of terrestrial & aquatic livestock; board-certified in veterinary anatomic pathology,
Ogasawara, Naomi

MS - Animal Sciences
  

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Email:  naomioga@hawaii.edu
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Oshiro, Melelani

Asst Extn Agent
  

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Email:  mabran@hawaii.edu
Phone:  322-0165
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Livestock husbandry, pasture management, grass-fed beef, carcass and meat quality, poultry and small ruminant production practices.
Panizza, Chloe

PhD Nutrition
  

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Paradis, Kathryn

Acad Supp
  

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Email:  paradisk@hawaii.edu
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Paulo, Janeen

EFNEP Prog Asst
  

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Email:  japaulo@hawaii.edu
Phone:  956-4124
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Reichhardt, Caleb Case

Asst Prof
  

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Email:  CCReichh@hawaii.edu
Phone:  956-7691
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Sakamoto, Tara

Acad Supp
  

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Email:  taramas@hawaii.edu
Phone:  956-4124
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Sanchez Guerrero, Eileen

Acad Supp
  

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Email:  ersanche@hawaii.edu
Phone:  956-4124
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Seale, Andre P.

Associate Research Professor
  

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Email:  seale@hawaii.edu
Phone:  956-8961
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With broader implications to aquaculture and biomedical research, my main interests are in: 1) osmoreception: the signal transduction of environmental salinity changes into physiological responses at the cellular and organismic levels in fish; regulation of prolactin cells by external and neuroendocrine factors and the role of second messenger systems; 2) osmoregulation: salt and water balance and its interplay with growth, metabolism and stress in fish; and 3) environmental adaptation and growth in fish: endocrine and specialized cellular responses to changing environmental conditions.
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Comparative endocrinology, fish physiology, cell and molecular biology, signal transduction, aquaculture.
Sobesky, Norma

EFNEP Program Asst
  

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Email:  sobesky@hawaii.edu
Phone:  956-4124
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Spielman, Steven P

Research Support
  

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Email:  spielman@hawaii.edu
Phone:  956-7013
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Tauyan, Socorro

Research Support
  

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Email:  socorro@hawaii.edu
Phone:  956-7720
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Thomas, Victoria

EFNEP Program Asst
  

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Email:  vthomas9@hawaii.edu
Phone:  956-4124
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Thorne, Mark

Specialist
  

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Email:  thornem@hawaii.edu
Phone:  887-7625
Interests:  
Rangeland Ecophysiology, Plant-Animal Interactions, Sustainable Grazing Management Practices, Foraging Efficiency in Cattle.
Specialization:  
Rangeland ecology and Management, Livestock nutrition, health, and management.
To, Peter

EFNEP Prog Asst
  

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Email:  pto@hawaii.edu
Phone:  956-4124
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Tousman, Amy

Lecturer
  

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Email:  tousman@hawaii.edu
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Valero, Johanna

Office Asst
  

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Email:  jbvalero@hawaii.edu
Phone:  956-7095
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Wallick, Cheryl

EFNEP Prog Asst
  

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Email:  cwallick@hawaii.edu
Phone:  956-4124
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Wong, Michael

PhD Nutrition
  

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Email:  mcwong3@hawaii.edu
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Wu, Biyu

MS - Food Sciences
  

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Email:  biyu@hawaii.edu
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Xu, Xiaoxing

MS - Animal Sciences
  

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Email:  xuxiaoxi@hawaii.edu
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Yan, Feixue

Admin and Fiscal Support
  

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Email:  fyan@hawaii.edu
Phone:  956-5319
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Yang, Jinzeng

Professor & Chair
  

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Email:  jinzeng@hawaii.edu
Phone:  956-6073
Interests:  
1. Molecular biology of animal development and metabolism
2. Skeletal muscle and diabetes prevention
3. Animal genetics Program in beef cattle  
Specialization:  
Molecular biolgy Animal biotechnology Transgenic animals Genetics Gene regulation Muscle biology Lactation physiology Mammary gland biology
Yeh, Justin

Rsrch Supp
  

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Email:  jiyeh@hawaii.edu
Phone:  887-6183
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