Jeff Firkins, Ph.D.
College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences
Associate Director, OSUN Program
Primary Food Innovation Center Area: Biomedical Nutrition
Areas of Expertise: improving healthfulness, studying bioactive properties of milk
I study ways to improve the supply of microbial protein to the small intestine of dairy cattle to reduce losses of nitrogen and emission of methane into the environment. My research helps improve the fatty acid composition of milk to improve consumer acceptance and profitability of dairy production. My involvement with the Center will improve my competitiveness for external funding and productivity. As the Director of the OSU Nutrition program, I believe this Center will improve our ability to recruit the best and brightest students and provide a more unified and compelling transfer of our collaborative research findings to the public, recouping OSU's investment many times over.