Michael J. Azain Professor Emeritus Animal & Dairy Science
Portrait of Michael J. Azain
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Portrait of Michael J. Azain


Dr. Azain, Professor Emeritus, recently retired (2021) from his faculty position in the Animal and Dairy Science Department after serving over 32 years and moving through the ranks from Assistant to full professor. Prior to this, he spent 4 years in the New Product Identification and Drug Delivery Discovery Groups in the Animal Sciences Division of Monsanto in St. Louis. He is the author or co-author of over 80 refereed journal articles and multiple other publications.

B.S., (Animal Science) Penn State University
M.S. (Foods and Nutrition) University of Georgia
Ph.D. (Biochemistry and Molecular Biology) University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center

Selected Recent Publications

Cromwell, G.L., M.J. Azain, O. Adeola, S.K. Baidoo, S. D. Carter, T.D. Crenshaw, S.W. Kim, D.C. Mahan, P.S. Miller, M.C. Shannon , North Central Coordinating Committee on Swine Nutrition. 2011. Corn distillers dried grains with solubles in diets for growing-finishing pigs: a cooperative study. J Anim Sci. 2011 89:2801-11.

Adeola, O., D. C. Mahan, M. J. Azain, S. K. Baidoo, G. L. Cromwell, G. M. Hill, J. E. Pettigrew, C. V. Maxwell and M. C. Shannon. 2013. Dietary lipid sources and levels for weanling pigs. J. Anim. Sci. 91:4216-4225.

Lin, X., M. J. Azain, and J. Odle. 2013. Lipids and Lipid Utilization. Chapter 3, pp 59-79. Sustainable Swine Nutrition. Edited by L. Chiba.

Lei, X. G., J. D. Weaver, E. Mullaney, A. H. Ullah and M. J. Azain. 2013. Phytase, a new life for an old enzyme. Annual Review of Animal Biosciences 1:1.1-1.27.

Mahan DC, Azain M, Crenshaw TD, Cromwell GL, Dove CR, Kim SW, Lindemann MD, Miller PS, Pettigrew JE, Stein HH, van Heugten E. 2014. Supplementation of organic and inorganic selenium to diets using grains grown in various regions of the United States with differing natural Se concentrations and fed to grower-finisher swine. J. Anim. Sci. 2014 92:4991-7.

Adeola O, Azain MJ, Carter SD, Crenshaw TD, Estienne MJ, Kerr BJ, Lindemann MD, Maxwell CV, Miller PS, Shannon MC, van Heugten E. 2015. A cooperative study on the standardized total-tract digestible phosphorus requirement of twenty-kilogram pigs. J. Anim. Sci. 93:5743-53.

Cline, P.M., T.C. Tsai, A.M. Stelzleni, C.R. Dove, M. Azain. 2016. Interaction of dietary energy and protein on growth performance, carcass characteristics and digestibility in finishing barrows when fed at a constant digestible lysine to metabolizable energy ratio. Livestock Science 184:1-6.

Tsai, T., C.R. Dove, P.M. Cline, A. Owusu-Asiedub, M.C. Walsh, and M. Azain. 2017. The effect of adding xylanase or ß-glucanase to diets with corn distillers dried grains with solubles (CDDGS) on growth performance and nutrient digestibility in nursery pigs. Livestock Sci. 197: 46-52.

Bloxham, D.L., C.R. Dove and M. Azain. 2018. Effect of wheat as a feedstuff in starter diets on nursery pig growth performance and digestibility. Livestock Science 207: 98-104.

Edwards G.L., M.J. Azain, and A. Parks. 2018. Agricultural Animals as Biomedical Models: Occupational Health and Safety Considerations. ILAR J. 2018 Nov 22. doi: 10.1093/ilar/ily013. [Epub ahead of print]

Fang X, Azain M, Crowe-White K, Mumaw J, Grimes JA, Schmiedt C, Barletta M, Rayalam S, Park HJ. 2019. Effect of Acute Ingestion of Green Tea Extract and Lemon Juice on Oxidative Stress and Lipid Profile in Pigs Fed a High-Fat Diet. Antioxidants 8(6), 195; https://doi.org/10.3390/antiox8060195

Gonzalez, J M, T A Houser, T G O'Quinn, D E Nuttelman, R Odgaard, J M Coulter, G Faltys, A M Stelzleni, M J Azain. 2019. The effects of the LIPEX finishing diet regimen on pork quality, fatty acid profile, palatability, and color stability. Translational Animal Science txz149, https://doi.org/10.1093/tas/txz149

Tsai TC, Dove R, Bedford MR, Azain MJ. 2019. Effect of phytase on phosphorous balance in 20-kg barrows fed low or adequate phosphorous diets. Animal Nutrition Journal https://doi.org/10.1016/j.aninu.2019.11.002

Lourenco, J.M.; Nunn, S.C.; Lee, E.J.; Dove, C.R.; Callaway, T.R.; Azain, M.J. 2020. Effect of Supplemental Protease on Growth Performance and Excreta Microbiome of Broiler Chicks. Microorganisms 2020, 8, 475.

Su S, Wang Y, Chen C, Suh M, Azain M, Kim WK. 2020. Fatty Acid Composition and Regulatory Gene Expression in Late-Term Embryos of ACRB and COBB Broilers. Front Vet Sci. 2020;7:317.

Tinkle AK, Wilson ME, Torrison JL, Parsley MA, Duberstein KJ, Azain MJ, Dove CR. 2020. Comparison of blunt versus functional claw trimming effects on sow gait. J Swine Health Prod. 28(3):118-123.

Fang, X.; Sun, W.; Jeon, J.; Azain, M.; Kinder, H.; Ahn, J.; Chung, H.C.; Mote, R.S.; Filipov, N.M.; Zhao, Q.; Rayalam, S.; Park, H.J. 2020. Perinatal Docosahexaenoic Acid Supplementation Improves Cognition and Alters Brain Functional Organization in Piglets. Nutrients 12, 2090, https://doi.org/10.3390/nu12072090 .

Lourenco, J.M., R. S. Hampton, H. M. Johnson, T. R. Callaway, M. J. Rothrock, M. J. Azain. 2021.

The Effects of Feeding Antibiotic on the Intestinal Microbiota of Weanling Pigs. Front. Vet. Sci. - Animal Nutrition and Metabolism, in press.