Michael Ballou, a nutritional biologist and an associate professor with Tech's Department of Animal and Food Sciences, was named Associate Dean for Research on June 1, 2014. Ballou will provide primary leadership for CASNR's graduate and research program development, including graduate student recruiting initiatives, responses to request for proposals, and research team building. In the past Ballou's research has centered on understanding how the innate immune responses of animals at various physiological states are involved in resistance to diseases and modulation of innate immune responses through management and nutrition practices.
Prior to joining the Tech faculty, Ballou served as an associate instructor and graduate research assistant at the University of California-Davis. He received his bachelor's degree in animal science, and his doctorate in nutritional biology from the University of California-Davis. "Michael Ballou plays a vital and transformative role in creating a research community that CASNR will become in the years ahead," said Michael Galyean, dean of Tech's College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources. He will continue to maintain active graduate education and research programs in their home departments, he said.