Texas Tech University

Michael Orth, Ph.D.

Michael Orth

Chair and Professor

AFS 103C

(806) 834-5653


Michael Orth, Ph.D. recently joined Texas Tech's faculty as chair and professor after serving in a variety of academic positions at Michigan State's Department of Animal Science, including professor, associate professor, and assistant professor. He also served as the associate chair for 3 years and was a Block & Bridle advisor for 8 years. He is currently the Secretary/Treasurer for the National Block & Bridle organization. Prior to working at Michigan State, he was a postdoctoral researcher and medical biochemistry instructor with Chicago's Rush Medical College.

Orth earned a bachelor's degree in Biochemistry from the University of Iowa. His doctorate is in Nutritional Science from the University of Wisconsin. He is a member of the Michigan Allied Poultry Industries and the American Society of Animal Science. His research focuses on the study of bone and cartilage biology in livestock species. Specifically, he has explored the effects of glucosamine and chondroitin sulfate on cartilage metabolism. He also has been involved with several research projects evaluating the effects of nutrition, management, and exercise on skeletal health. He has taught classes on growth and musculoskeletal biology, professional development, and vitamin and mineral nutrition.

Photo by Leslie Kitten ('03 MS Agricultural Education), Savant Photographic Artistry.

Animal & Food Sciences