Christopher Tuggle, an Iowa State University professor of animal science, has been selected to participate in the U.S.-U.K. Fulbright Commission educational exchange program.
 
Tuggle, a specialist in functional genomics, studies gene pathways and genetic improvement of disease resistance and growth efficiency in swine.
 
As a Fulbright scholar at the Roslin Institute in Edinburgh from January to July 2011, he will help develop systems biology tools for a better understanding and prediction of disease resistance.
 
”This is a terrific opportunity to exchange ideas with some of the world’s experts in animal biotechnology and genetics,” Tuggle said. “I expect to develop and strengthen ties with Roslin scientists and bring back new perspectives for my research group here in Iowa.”
 
Tuggle is one of 135 participants in the 2010-11 program. The U.S.-U.K. Fulbright Commission offers higher education grants for study in any discipline at any accredited institution in the U.S. and U.K. The Fulbright Commission’s exchange program is funded by the U.S. and U.K. governments, as well as partnerships with British universities.
 
“Because the selection process is highly competitive, it is truly an honor to be selected as the only U.K. Fulbright scholar from Iowa State this year. I am looking forward to the cultural opportunities this scholarship will provide,” Tuggle said.
 
Created in the aftermath of World War II through the vision of U.S. Senator J. William Fulbright, the Fulbright Program promotes academic excellence and cultural understanding.
 
Tuggle holds a doctorate from the University of Minnesota in biochemistry. He has published more than 100 scientific articles and book chapters, and his research has won regional and national awards. He serves as an editor for Animal Genetics and is on several editorial boards.

Source: Iowa State University