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Dr Rule

Dr. Daniel Rule


Ruminant Nutrition 


Office: AS/MB 119


Phone: (307)-766-3404


Dr. Rule is originally from California where he grew up with both animal and crop agriculture. He graduated from the University of California, Davis earning a B.S. degree in Animal Science in 1977. In 1980 he graduated from Washington State University with a M.S. degree in Animal Science with emphasis in Ruminant Nutrition. He completed doctoral training in 1984 earning a Ph.D. in Nutritional Physiology from Iowa State University. From 1984 through 1986 he was employed in a joint appointment with the USDA Meat Animal Research Center and Texas A&M University as a post-doctoral research associate. His research efforts were focused on lipid biochemistry in swine and the work was done primarily at the USDA facility in Clay Center, Nebraska. From 1986 to July 1987 he continued working in lipid metabolism but with molecular biology applied to rodent models as a research associate at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center in Denver. In July 1987 he relocated to Laramie, Wyoming where he continues to be a faculty appointment in the department of Animal Science.


View Dr. Rule's CV 


B.S., University of California, Davis, CA

M.S., University of California, Davis, CA 

Ph.D., Iowa State University, Ames, IA  


Professional Experience 

1999 - Present : Professor, University of Wyoming 

1993- 1999: Associate Professor, University of Wyoming 

1987- 1993: Assistant Professor, University of Wyoming 

1986 -1987: Research Associate, University of Colorado Health Science Center 

1984 -1986: Research Associate, Texas A&M and U.S. Meat Animal Reserch Center, Clay Center, NE

1984: Graduate Assistant, Iowa State University 

1980: Graduate Assistant, Washington State University 


Research Interests

Research interests are in regulation of lipid accretion in ruminant adipose tissue, lipogenesis in lactating bovine (beef) mammary gland and factors that influence cholesterol and fatty acid contents of animal tissues. Lipid accretion research involves enzymatic and molecular evaluation to understand both acute and chronic effects on lipid biosynthesis, as well as on lipoportein lipase, fatty acid transport and fatty acid desaturation. Study of dietary effects on mammary gland lipogenesis in beef cows is a recent research focus. Fatty acid and cholesterol studies focus on nutrition of sheep, beef cattle and grass fed beef.


Professional Memberships 

American Society for Animal Science 

Honors and Awards 

2016 Lawrence Meeboer Agricultural Classroom Teaching Award 

2015 Special Distinguished Service Award, Western Section, American Society of Animal Science for 20+ years of service with the Academic Quadrathlon

2012 Outstanding Educator Award, UW College of Agriculture

2011 Distinguished Teacher Award, Western Section, American Society of Animal Science

2008 "Top Prof" award, UW Cap and Gown Chapter of Mortar Board 

2007 "Top Prof" award, UW Cap and Gown Chapter of Mortar Board 

2000 Outstanding Teacher, UW College of Agriculture (selected by the Ag. Council)

1999 Outstanding Advisor, UW College of Agriculture (selected by the Ag. Council)



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