Roberto D. Sainz, Ph.D.

    Professor, Animal Science


    B.S., Animal Science, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, 1982.
    M.S., Animal Science, University of California, Davis, 1984.
    Ph.D., Nutrition, University of California, Davis 1986.

    Research Interest

    Research in my laboratory is focused on ruminant livestock production, across a wide spectrum of levels of detail. Projects range from basic cellular aspects of interactions among nutrition, genetics and physiological state, all the way to regional studies of environmental impacts of different production systems.

    Tools are chosen to fit the demands of each problem. Studies on adipose development may require cell isolation and characterization, culture, and biochemical assays. Studies on feed efficiency require in vivo experiments with beef cattle. Greenhouse gas inventories at the national level are conducted in silico.

    Mathematical modeling is used at all levels of detail to identify critical areas of research, design appropriate experiments, and aid in interpretation of results.

    Graduate Groups

    International Agricultural Development
    Nutritional Biology

      Angela Thresher

      Graduate Student, International Agricultural Development

      B.S. in Animal Science/Pre-veterinary Medicine from Washington State University in 2009

      Originally from Cashmere, WA


      • Contracted with USAID EMA teacher training in Dondon, Haiti July 2015
      • Army Animal Husbandry Training with UC Davis Animal Science Department, March 2016
      • Peace Corps Volunteer, Malawi 2012-2014
      • USDA-ARS Moscow, ID 2011-2012
      • WSU Veterinary School 2009-2010
      • WSU Beef Center Student Herdsman 2007-2009
      • WSU Cougar Cattle Feeders Secretary 2007-2008
      • Location: 1151 Meyer Hall