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Dr. Karl Dawson

Dr. Karl Dawson

Vice President & Chief Scientific Officer, Alltech

Dr. Karl Dawson is the vice president and chief scientific officer at Alltech and directs activities at the company’s biosciences centers around the world, including Alltech’s Center for Nutrigenomics and Applied Animal Nutrition where he is the co-director. He handles the administration and scientific programs within Alltech’s research department, which employs more than 140 team members. He also oversees the company’s external contract research, which includes programs for 50 graduate students around the world and the activities of Alltech’s nearly 20 global research alliances. He worked for two years as a microbiologist at the National Animal Disease Laboratory in Ames, Iowa, and was employed as a research director by the University of Kentucky for 21 years before joining the research team at Alltech in 1999. His research has focused on strategies for improving animal performance and health by altering microbial activities and digestive processes in the gastrointestinal tract. Of particular interest are strategies that use antimicrobials and substrate availability to beneficially alter microbial growth in the digestive tract. In recent years, Dawson has provided leadership for nutrigenomics research initiatives that have led to strategic programs that use epigenetic switches to more effectively control nutrient utilization and improve animal health. These nutritional programming strategies are being tested as alternatives to the use of growth promotants and are changing the face of nutritional science in agriculture.

See Dr. Karl Dawson on Monday, May 18 in the Crop Science: Growing The Revolution Symposium and Tuesday, May 19 in the Beef: Its Future Symposium.

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