David E. Gerrard
The overall goal of Dr. Gerrard’s laboratory is to maximize the production of high quality meat. Three distinct yet related approaches have been utilized to attain this goal. Ongoing studies range from understanding the basic biochemistry involved in the transformation of muscle into meat, to applied studies involving technology transfer for monitoring fresh meat quality. In addition, Dr. Gerrard’s research includes fundamental studies focused on understanding muscle growth and development, which directly affects ultimate meat quality. This multidisciplinary approach to meat science spans several domestic and international laboratories.
- Ph.D., Muscle Biology, 1992, Purdue University
- M.S., Animal Sciences, 1985, Purdue University
- B.S., Animal Sciences, 1983, Purdue University
- Fulbright Scholar – Uruguay, Fulbright Commission, 2017-2018
- International Meat Secretariat Award Committee, member, 2015
- Food Systems Leadership Institute, Class 11 Fellow, 2015-2017
- Outstanding Meat Research Award, ASAS, 2015
- Outstanding Research Award, AMSA 2007
- University Faculty Scholar, Purdue University, 2002-2007
- ESCOP/ACOP Leadership Development Fellow, 2002-2003
- Achievement Award, AMSA (awarded to scientists in the first 10 years of their career for outstanding achievement in meat science/muscle biology), 2000
- APSC 2004 – Sophomore Seminar, 1 credit.
- APSC 3514 – Animal Growth and Development, 3 credits.
- APSC 3214 - Meat Science, 3 credits.
- APSC 3754 – Animal Evaluation, 3 credit.
- APSC 4444 – Swine Production, 3 credit.
- APSC 5004 – Graduate Seminar, 1 credit.
- APSC 3954/5954 – Brazil Agriculture Study Tour, 3 credit.
Aberle, E.D., J.C. Forrest, E.W. Mills and D.E. Gerrard. 2001. Principles of Meat Science. 4th Edition Kendall/Hunt Publishing Co., IA.
Gerrard, D.E. and A.L. Grant. 2003. Principles of Meat-Animal Growth and Development. 1st Edition Kendall/Hunt Publishing Co., IA.
Gerrard, D.E. and A.L. Grant. 2003. Principles of Meat-Animal Growth and Development. 1st Edition Kendall/Hunt Publishing Co., IA. Revised printing.
Scheffler J.M., D.E. Gerrard, S. Kuang, and A.L. Grant. 2008. Achievements of research in the field of animal growth and development. In: A. Rosati, A. Tewolde and C. Mosconi (eds.) Animal production and animal science worldwide WAAP book of the year. No. 4. p 67-76. Wageningen Academic Publishers, Wageningen, The Netherlands.
Animal production and animal science worldwide WAAP book of the year. 2007. ISSN: 1574-1125 - WAAP Book of the year Volume 4. 2009 – 264 ISBN-13: 978-90-8686-068-5 Edited by: A. Rosati, A. Tewolde, C. Mosconi
Aberle, E.D., J.C. Forrest, E.W. Mills and D.E. Gerrard. 2012. Principles of Meat Science. 5th Edition Kendall/Hunt Publishing Co., IA.
Gerrard, D.E., A.L. Grant., R. Rhoads, S.E. Johnson, S. El-Kadi and H. Jiang. Principles of Meat-Animal Growth and Development. 2nd Edition Kendall/Hunt Publishing Co., IA. (in preparation)
Scheffler, T.L., S. Matarneh, E.M. England and D.E. Gerrard. The conversion of muscle to meat. In: Fidel Todra’ (ed.) Lawrie: Meat Science, 8th Edition. (in review)
Matarneh, S., E.M. England, T.L. Scheffler and D.E. Gerrard. Peri-mortal muscle metabolism and its effects on meat quality. In: Peter Purslow (ed.) Meat quality Aspects: From Genes to Ethics. (in review)
Wicks, J., S. Matarneh, T.L. Scheffler, E.M. England and D.E. Gerrard. Understanding Muscle Growth and Development and its Effects on Meat Quality. In: Symposium on Meat Science. (in preparation)
- American Society of Animal Science
- American Meat Science Association
Article ItemVirginia Tech faculty forge partnerships with peers at the University of São Paulo to tackle global food issues , article
During winter break, Virginia Tech and the University of São Paulo held a symposium that brought faculty together to discuss collaborative approaches to address global food issues.
Article ItemVirginia Tech Fulbright scholar partners with Uruguay to boost beef exports , article
David Gerrard, head of the Department of Animal and Poultry Sciences in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Virginia Tech, is helping Uruguay position itself to become one of the continent’s key players in the global marketplace. The Fulbright scholar recently returned from a five-week trip to Uruguay funded by his fellowship.