Prof Milt Thomas

Dr. Milton G. Thomas joined Colorado State University in December of 2011 as Professor and John E. Rouse Chair of Beef Cattle Breeding and Genetics in the Department of Animal Sciences. He is also Adjunct Professor in the Animal Reproduction Biotechnology Laboratory in the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. Milt grew-up in a family involved in diversified agriculture in Texas and Missouri and was very active in FFA leadership and public speaking activities. He completed undergraduate, graduate, and postdoctoral studies in animal science and molecular biology at the University of Missouri (B.S. 1988 and M.S. 1990), Texas A&M University (Ph.D. 1994), and the University of Texas Institute of Biotechnology – Center for Molecular Medicine (1994-1996). Dr. Thomas progressed through the faculty ranks in the Department of Animal and Range Sciences at New Mexico State University from 1997 through 2011. In addition to undergraduate and graduate teaching, his responsibilities included coordinating the Angus, Brangus, Brahman cattle breeding program on the Chihuahuan Desert Rangeland Research Center and the Corona Range and Livestock Research Center. Milt helped use these experiment station resources to grow the breeding program into the realm of animal genomics, which is also his role with the Rouse Angus herd at CSU. Dr. Thomas’ ability to lead these research efforts has been aided by sabbaticals at University of California, Davis and CSIRO-Australia and service to breed improvement committees of several breed associations.

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