AFS's Bradley Johnson receives University of Minnesota alumni award
By: Norman Martin
An internationally-recognized animal science researcher with Texas Tech's Department of Animal and Food Sciences has been selected to receive the "Golden Alumni Award – Achievement in Academia" from the University of Minnesota's Department of Animal Science.
Bradley Johnson, a professor and Gordon W. Davis Regents Chair in Meat Science and Muscle Biology at Texas Tech, will be presented the honor at the Connecting with U: Animal Science Showcase on Wednesday (Apr. 4) at the University of Minnesota-St. Paul's Cargill Building.
Johnson received his master's and doctorate degrees from the University of Minnesota, and his bachelor's degree from South Dakota State University. After completing his degrees, he went on to serve as an assistant professor at South Dakota State University, and later as an associate professor at Kansas State University. He joined Texas Tech's College of Agricultural Sciences & Natural Resources in 2008. He is a member of the American Meat Science Association and the American Society of Animal Science.
Johnson has deep ties to the U.S. beef-production industry, as well as global production. The results of his research have defined the mechanism of various steroidal compounds on postnatal muscle growth and the metabolism of the parent compounds excreted from the animal.
His expertise has been sought worldwide in issues related to meat and muscle biology. He worked with the feedlot industry in Indonesia in 2010 to address the use of growth promotants in beef cattle production; he performed β-adrenergic agonist research in South Korea with the native Hanwoo cattle in 2011 and introduced that compound to the feedlot industry in Brazil in 2012. Since 2015, he has worked with Egyptian scientists to increase their knowledge of the mechanism of action and metabolism of veterinary drugs.
His work includes 11 book chapters and invited reviews, 87 peer reviewed scientific journal articles and 187 abstracts. Throughout this effort, he has advised 70 graduate students and post-doctoral scientists, and taught 14 university courses in his career.
Recent honors for Johnson include being selected last year to a five-year term on a prestigious committee that evaluates the safety of food additives. The Joint Expert Committee on Food Additives is a collection of international food safety experts from around the world that not only ensures the safety of food additives but also includes evaluating contaminants, naturally occurring toxicants and residues of veterinary drugs in food.
CONTACT: Michael Orth, chairman, Department of Animal and Food Sciences, Texas Tech University at (806) 834-5653 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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