Animal Science Department

College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences


Daniel G. Peterson, Ph.D.

Dr. Peterson

Professor, Molecular Physiology and Genomics Specialist

Office: Bldg. 10 Rm. 114

(805) 756-7633


Daniel Peterson leads the department’s program in applied biotechnology. Peterson teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in molecular biotechnology, focusing on molecular biology techniques, experimental systems and design relating to animal systems. Peterson also teaches animal genomics and physiological chemistry, as well as contributes to many other courses within the department. In addition to teaching, Peterson mentors undergraduate and graduate students conducting research on the molecular aspects of nutrient metabolism, endocrinology, genetics and cell physiology.

Peterson earned his bachelor's degree in animal science from the University of California at Davis. He earned his doctorate in animal science from Cornell University in Ithaca, New York with a focus in the molecular biology of nutrient metabolism.

Inquiries relating to graduate studies in Peterson’s laboratory are welcome.

Selected Publications:

Fesler, JA, Peterson, DG. 2013. Conjugated Linoleic Acids Alter Body Composition Differently According to Physiological Age in Moulard Ducks. Poult. Sci. 92:2697-2704

Johnson, TL, Tomanek, L, Peterson, DG. 2013. A proteomic analysis of the effect of growth hormone on MAC-T cells in the presence of lactogenic hormones. Dom. Anim. Endocrinol. 44:26-35.

Conly, AK, Poureslami, R, Koutsos, EA, Batal, AB, Jung, B, Beckstead, R, Peterson, DG. 2012. Tolerance and Efficacy of Tribasic Manganese Chloride in Growing Broiler Chickens. Poult. Sci. 91:1633-1640.

Johnson, TL, Fujimoto, B, Jimenez-Flores, R, Peterson, DG. 2010. Growth Hormone Alters Lipid Composition and Increases the Abundance of Caseinand Lactalbumin mRNA in the MAC-T Cell Line. J. Dairy Res. 77:199-204.

Meriwether, L, Humphrey, B, Peterson, D, Klasing, K, Koutsos, E. 2010. Lutein exposure, in ovo or in the diet, reduces parameters of inflammation inlaying-type chicks (Gallus gallus domesticus). J. Anim. Physiol. Anim. Nutr. (in press).

McClung, JP, Peterson, DG. 2010. Trace elements and immune function. In Dietary components and immune function—Prevention and treatment ofdisease and cancer (Watson, RR, Zibadi, S, Preedy, VR, eds.) Humana Press, New York, NY.

Peterson, DG, McClung, JP, Scrimgeour, AG, Koutsos, EA. 2008. Effects of a marginal zinc diet on intestinal health and immune function. J. Nutr. Biochem. 19:193-199

Peterson, DG, Matitashvili, EA, Bauman, DE. 2004. The inhibitory effect of trans-10, cis-12 CLA on lipid synthesis in bovine mammary epithelial cellsinvolves reduced proteolytic activation of the transcription factor SREBP-1. J. Nutr. 134:2523-2527

Peterson, DG, Matitashvili, EA, Bauman, DE. 2003. Diet-induced milk fat depression in dairy cows results in increased trans-10, cis-12 CLA in milk fatand coordinate suppression of mRNA abundance for mammary enzymes involved in milk fat synthesis. J. Nutr. 133:3098-3102.


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