DySci / AnSci 311: Comparative Animal Nutrition

This 3 credit course uses a comparative approach to understand nutritional physiology across species. Meeting three times a week from 12:05-12:55, students will learn about key macronutrients and micronutrients, how nutrients are utilized and metabolized, and understand the basis for nutrient requirements. Students of all biological disciplines have taken this course and found it useful for future endeavors. For more information on Comparative Animal Nutrition, click here.

DySci / AnSci 824 & 825: Ruminant Nutritional Physiology I & II

This 4 credit graduate level course brings in professors and adjunct faculty to discuss their area of expertise in integrated nutritional physiology and the research behind the concepts. Each course is taught in alternating fall semesters. Class meets three times a week for one hour and one time a week for a two hour discussion to further delve into challenging ideas.

The first section of the course (RNP I) focuses on ruminant microbiology, protein, VFA utilization, and energy metabolism as well as concepts of nutrient and metabolite flux, modeling, and tracing.

RNP II focuses on lipid metabolism, calf nutrition, forage, vitamins, starch, and fiber. Nutrition during the preruminating, transitional, and ruminating phases; regulation of dry matter intake; and feed efficiency are all concepts of focus in this course.

Either class can be taken first as they are more parallel in concepts than complementary.

Undergraduate Independent Research Study and Internships

There are many opportunities for undergraduate students to get involved in research through independent study and internships during the academic and summer semesters. Contact Dr. White if interested.

Graduate Research Assistantships

There are currently open graduate research assistantships in the White Lab. Contact Dr. White for more information.

Postdoctoral Fellowship Available

A two-year Postdoctoral Fellowship is available for a candidate interested in gaining research and teaching experience. Research focus is flexible but would be centered around nutrient partitioning, liver function, and feed efficiency. Would also include teaching contributions at undergraduate and/or graduate level.

Successful candidates should have a strong nutrition or metabolic research interest, be highly motivated, be a team player, and have prior teaching assistant experience. Position available immediately.

Interested? Candidates should send an inquiry and CV to Dr. Heather White at heather.white@wisc.edu

The UW-Madison Department of Dairy Science Nutrition Group is a productive research group that interacts in a diverse range of nutritional research.  The Department maintains an 84-head tie-stall barn equipped for intensive research in addition to the 550 lactating cows housed at off-campus farms.  The Interdepartmental Graduate Program in Nutritional Sciences (IGPNS) is a multidisciplinary research program that encompasses animal, human, as well as biochemical and molecular aspects of nutrition.  Additional information about the Department of Dairy Science and IGPNS can be found at each respective link.