Scholar of the Week
The Office of Research and Innovation recognizes animal and poultry sciences professor David Gerrard of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences as Scholar of the Week for his research program that seeks to maximize the production of high-quality meat.
Gerrard’s research program covers meat production from the basics of muscle growth and development, to the biochemistry involved in the transformation of muscle into meat, to applied studies involving technology transfer for monitoring the quality of fresh meat.
He was named head of the animal and poultry sciences department in 2009. In 2015 he received the Meats Research Award from the American Society of Animal Sciences.
He has been the principal investigator on numerous federal grants worth more than $6 million, and has been published more than 100 times in journals including PLoS ONE, the Journal of Animal Science, Meat Science, and the American Journal of Physiology.
Gerrard dual-majored in animal science and agronomy for his undergraduate degree and received his master’s and doctoral degrees in animal science, all from Purdue University.