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Taylor, Robert L., Jr.

Director and Professor of Animal and Nutritional Sciences

Bob Taylor is a native of Fieldale, Virginia. He earned his B.A. from Carson-Newman College and M.S. from Auburn University. His Ph. D. studies were directed by Bruce Glick at Mississippi State University. After Medical College of Virginia post-doctoral experience, Bob joined the University of New Hampshire Animal and Nutritional Sciences Department as well as the University Genetics Program in 1984.  He was promoted to full professor in 1996.

His research conducted through the multistate research project “Genetic Bases for Resistance and Immunity to Avian Diseases” focused on the major histocompatibility complex (MHC) and other genetic effects on immune responses. Bob developed specialized chicken lines that revealed genetic effects on tumor growth and metastasis caused by either Marek’s disease virus, Rous sarcoma virus or v-src DNA. He also worked with Sam and Betty Smith to show autosomal recessive inheritance of susceptibility to pigeon spontaneous atherosclerosis. His research produced 106 publications and 117 abstracts.  He directed fourteen graduate and fourteen undergraduate student investigations.

Bob, a Fellow of the Poultry Science Association (PSA), also holds memberships in the World's Poultry Science Association (WPSA), American Association of Immunologists, Society for Experimental Biology and Medicine, and Sigma Xi.  He is a Life Member of the Virginia Chapter of 4-H All Stars. He is the current Editor-in-Chief for Poultry Science.

In 2014, he was chosen Director and Professor of the West Virginia University Division of Animal and Nutritional Sciences.  His administrative responsibility covers 580 undergraduate majors, 67 graduate students, 26 faculty and 34 staff.

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  1. Anderson, J. L., C. M. Ashwell, S. C. Smith, R. Shine, E. C. Smith, and R. L. Taylor, Jr. 2013. Atherosclerosis-susceptible and atherosclerosis-resistant pigeon aortic cells express different genes in vivo. Poult. Sci. 92:2668-2680 doi: 10.3382/ps.2013-03306
  2. Anderson, J. L., S. C. Smith and R. L. Taylor, Jr. 2014.  The pigeon (Columba livia) model of spontaneous atherosclerosis.  (review) Poult. Sci. 93:2691-2699 doi: 10.3382/ps.2014-0428
  3. Miller, M. M., and R. L. Taylor, Jr. 2016.  Brief review of the chicken major histocompatibility complex – the genes, their distribution on chromosome 16 and their contribution to disease resistance. Poult. Sci. 95:375-392 doi:10.3382/ps/pev379 (review)
  4. Taylor, R. L., Jr., Z. Medarova, and W. E. Briles. 2016.  Immune effects of chicken non-Mhc alloantigens. Poult. Sci. 95:447-457 doi:10.3382/ps/pev331 (review)
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