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Azain, Michael
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University of Georgia
Animal and Dairy Science Department
425 River Road
Athens, GA 30602

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Animal Science - Instructor

Biography

Michael Azain obtained his Bachelor of Science in animal science from Penn State University in 1979.  He received his Master of Science in foods and nutrition from the University of Georgia in 1981 and his doctorate in biochemistry and molecular biology from the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center in 1984. Upon completion of his dissertation, he accepted a position in the new products identification group in the animal sciences division at Monsanto in St. Louis. In 1986, he moved into the drug delivery discovery group at Monsanto working on somatotropin. 

In 1988, Azain started as an assistant professor of animal and dairy science at the University of Georgia, where he is currently professor and graduate coordinator. He teaches undergraduate and graduate level animal nutrition courses, freshman seminar, and directs a study abroad program in Toulouse, France.  

Azain’s research interests include investigating the relationship of macronutrient intake with composition of gain in meat animals, the understanding and manipulation of lipid metabolism, and the evaluation of alternative feed ingredients and feed enzymes in both swine and poultry diets.  He has authored over 75 peer-reviewed scientific papers, and he is an active member of the Swine Nutrition Regional Committee (NCCC-042). 

He has served as a reviewer, editorial board member, and section editor (Growth and Developmental Biology) for the Journal of Animal Science. He is also on the editorial board of the Journal of Nutrition and has served on four National Research Institute or National Institute of Food and Agriculture U.S.Department of Agriculture panels.

Education

Ph.D. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, 1984
M.S. in Foods and Nutrition, University of Georgia, 1981
B.S. in Animal Science, Penn State University, 1979