New Assistant Professor Joins Animal Science Department

February 21, 2017

Dr. Ranga AppuhamyWe welcome Dr. Ranga Appuhamy as Assistant Professor to the Department of Animal Science!  Dr. Appuhamy comes to us from the University of California-Davis.  There he focused on dairy cattle nutrition and its impact on sustainability of dairy industry.  Prior to UC-Davis, he spent time at the University of Guelph in Canada studying and modeling the link between lifestyle interventions and risk of developing type 2 diabetes.  Dr. Appuhamy received a BS in agriculture from the University of Peradeniya in Sri Lanka and a MS and a PhD from Virginia Tech in Dairy and Animal Science respectively.  While at Virginia Tech, his research examined the effects of insulin, energy, and individual essential amino acid supply to mammary epithelial cells on milk protein synthesis. His primary research goal is improving current understanding of protein metabolism in cattle particularly related to climate change. Other research interests include modeling feed-manure-forage nexus in animal production system and thereby assisting in developing strategies to improve sustainability of animal agriculture. Dr. Appuhamy is eager to be a member of the Iowa State University Department of Animal Science faculty and looks forward to interacting with students. “I am excited to work with students.  It’s fun to see their enthusiasm and willingness to learn, to do research, and to grow. Also, my colleagues are noted for being the best of the best within the world of Animal Science and knowing I can collaborate with these folks inspires me.”