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Taylor, Robert L., Jr.

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 111 publications, 42 technical reports and 119 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.


He joined West Virginia University as Director and Professor in the Division of Animal and Nutritional Sciences where he served from 2014 to 2018. He is currently Professor of Animal and Nutritional Sciences.


Select Publications

  1. Taylor, R. L., Jr. 2017. Unscrambling chickens’ genetic control of oncogene tumor outcome. Pages 5-12 In: Proc. 66th National Breeder's Roundtable, P. Settar, (ed.), Poultry Breeders of America, U. S. Poultry and Egg Association, Tucker, GA
  2. Taylor, R. L., Jr. 2017. Renew the priority for manuscript review. Poult. Sci. 96:4133 doi 10.3382/ps/pex267
  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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