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Welcome to Our New Faculty Member

Posted: April 20, 2009

Dr. Kevin Harvatine was recently hired as an Assistant Professor of Nutritional Physiology by the Department of Dairy and Animal Science.

Dr. Kevin Harvatine was recently hired as an Assistant Professor of Nutritional Physiology by the Department of Dairy and Animal Science. Harvatine, a native of Northeasern Pennsylvania, attended Penn State as an undergraduate. He has a Master’s degree from Michigan State University and a Ph.D. in Animal Nutrition from Cornell University, where he worked under the supervision of Dr. Dale Bauman. Most recently he was a Post-doctoral Associate at Cornell, funded by the Cornell Center for Vertebrate Genomics.

Harvatine’s position with Dairy and Animal Science is 75 percent research and 25 percent teaching. His field of expertise is nutritional regulation of metabolism.

His past research has investigated metabolism of dietary fat in the rumen and the regulation of milk fat synthesis. The goal of Harvatine’s research is to improve the efficiency of milk synthesis through nutrition. Future research directions will include both traditional ruminant nutrition and molecular biology techniques and will use cows, transgenic mice, and cell culture systems. He will be teaching undergraduate courses in Animal Nutrition and Lactation Biology. Kevin recently married and resides in State College with his wife, Katie. Carpentry, gardening, and enjoying the outdoors are his favorite past-time activities.

To learn more about Dr. Kevin Harvatine, see his online vita at das.psu.edu/directory/kjh182.