Michael Orth is a professor and the chairman of the Department of Animal and Food Sciences. A nationally recognized leader in skeletal biology research, he took the helm of the highly successful agricultural academic unit at the university after serving 17 years at Michigan State University. In the past, Orth has focused his research efforts on improving joint and skeletal health in livestock species and companion animals. He’s found that many diagnostic tools developed for humans have tremendous potential in the livestock industry for evaluating strategies designed to improve bone health.
Orth joins Texas Tech’s faculty after serving in a variety of academic positions at Michigan State’s Department of Animal Science, including professor, associate professor, associate chair and assistant professor. He was also an adjunct associate professor with Michigan State’s Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition. Prior to working at Michigan State, he was a visiting assistant professor of biochemistry and a medical biochemistry instructor with Chicago’s Rush Medical College. In addition, he was a research assistant in the Department of Kinesiology and the Departments of Poultry and Nutritional Sciences at the University of Wisconsin. Orth earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Iowa. His doctorate is from the University of Wisconsin. Awards for Orth include: University of Wisconsin Distinguished Graduate Student Fellowship (1986); NASA Group Achievement Award as part of the Cosmos 2G Comparison Study Team (1994); and the Falk Award of Excellence – Greater Chicago Chapter of the Arthritis Foundation (1995).