Associate Director AESUniversity of California-DavisCollege of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences
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Delany’s research focuses on avian telomere biology, using the chicken as the primary study organism. Her projects address Marek’s disease virus, a DNA herpesvirus, which induces a lethal T-cell lymphoma in chickens. The disease is of enormous significance in the poultry industry, but also serves as an important model for human herpesvirus infections and associated conditions.
Delany also is involved in gene mapping and genome organization of the chicken and turkey, mapping and gene analysis of limb and craniofacial malformations, and the conservation of poultry and avian genetic resources for researchers.
Andrew J. Thulin began his role as dean of Cal Poly’s College of Agriculture, Food & Environmental Sciences (CAFES) in June 2014, after serving as interim dean for the prior year. Prior to his current role, Thulin concurrently directed strategic initiatives for the university and served as head of CAFES’ Animal Science Department. Under his 15-year leadership, the Animal Science Department implemented a new strategic vision that led to a significant expansion of facilities, faculty and staff. Graduation rates increased to nearly 90 percent, and more than $16 million was raised for new laboratories and the construction of a new Beef Center, Animal Nutrition Center and Meat Processing Center, among others. Before joining Cal Poly in 1998, Thulin managed technology development at Cargill, Inc., the nation’s largest private company. His responsibilities included spearheading new international business ventures and deploying new technologies to bring greater efficiencies and increased profitability to the company. Prior to joining Cargill, Inc., Thulin was a professor at Michigan State University, where he held a three-way appointment in extension, teaching and research.
Dean Gilless holds appointments in his College’s Departments of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management and Agricultural and Resource Economics. He is a forest economist by training, and his research program has been focused on forest management, wildland fire protection, trade in forest products, regional economics, and international development.
Dr. Yates conducts research in the area of water and wastewater microbiology. Her research focuses on assessing the potential for the contamination of water by human pathogenic microorganisms. As the intentional use of reclaimed water and biosolids (which may contain pathogenic microorganisms) increases, it is necessary to understand the potential impacts of these practices on public health
Vice-President - Academic Programs & Strategic Initiatives; Director of the Agricultural Experiment Station & Cooperative ExtensionDivision of Agriculture and Natural ResourcesUniversity of California-Systemwide
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