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Michael J. Azain

Professor and Graduate Coordinator
  • Animal & Dairy Science
Shipping Address:
Athens, CAES Campus

B.S., Pennsylvania State University
M.S., University of Georgia
Ph.D., University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center

Description of Research Interests

Research interests relate to the regulation of lipid metabolism and the relationship of metabolism to food intake with relevance to both human and animal nutrition. Current areas of research relate to:

  1. identifying the means by which animals monitor the rates of lipid and protein accretion and adjust macronutrient intake in response to these rates;
  2. effect of dietary fat type and specifically conjugated linoleic acid on adipose tissue development; and
  3. use of feed enzymes to improve nutrient availability.

Courses Taught

ADSC 3300-Animal Nutrition and Metabolism
ANNU 6370-Monogastric Nutrition
ANNU 8350-Carbohydrates and Lipids in Animal Nutrition

Selected Recent Publications

Jablonski, E. A., R. D. Jones, and M.J. Azain. 2006. Evaluation of pet food by-product as an alternative feedstuff in weanling pig diets. J. Anim. Sci. 84: 221-228.

Azain, M. J., J. R. Broderson, and R. J. Martin. 2006. Effect of long-term somatotropin treatment on body composition and lifespan in aging obese Zucker rats. Experimental Biology and Medicine. 231: 76-83.

Poulos, S. P., M. J. Azain, and G. J. Hausman. 2004. Conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) during gestation and lactation does not alter sow performance or body weight gain and adiposity in progeny. Anim. Res. 53: 275-288.

Zier, C. E., R. D. Jones, and M. J. Azain. 2004. Use of pet food-grade poultry by-product meal as an alternate protein source in weanling pig diets. J. Anim. Sci. 82:3049-3057.

Azain, M. J. 2004. Role of fatty acids in adipocyte growth and development. J. Anim Sci. 82: 916-924.

Azain, M.J. 2003. Conjugated Linoleic Acid and its effects on animal products and health in single-stomached animals. Proceedings of the Nutrition Society 62:319-328.

Phositlimpagul, A, G. L. Edwards, and M. J. Azain. 2002. Hepatic vagotomy disrupts somatotropin induced protein selection. Physiology and Behavior,75:193-200.

Poulos, S. P., M. Sisk, D. B. Hausman, M. J. Azain, and G.J. Hausman. 2001. Pre- and post-natal dietary conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) alters adipose tissue development, body weight gain and body composition in Sprague-Dawley rats. J. Nutrition 131:2722-2731.

Sisk, M., D. B. Hausman, R. J. Martin, and M.J. Azain. 2001. Dietary conjugated linoleic acid reduces adiposity in lean, but not obese Zucker rats. Journal of Nutrition 131:1668-1674.

Lee, K.C., M. J. Azain, D.B. Hausman, and T.G. Ramsay. 2000. Somatotropin and adipose tissue metabolism: Substrate and Temporal Effects. J. Animal Science 78:1236-1246.

Azain, M. J. 2000. Use of Fat in Swine Nutrition. In Swine Nutrition, 2nd edition, editors A. J. Lewis and L. Southern. CRC Press, pp93-103.