May 22, 2019

Congratulations Dr. Brittni Littlejohn

Dr. Brittni P. Littlejohn Receives the ASAS Agri-King Outstanding Animal Science Graduate Student Award From the American Society of Animal Science

Littlejohn_Brittni_Agri-King Outstanding Graduate Student Award PhotoDr. Brittni P. Littlejohn is the recipient of the 2019 ASAS Agri-King Outstanding Animal Science Graduate Student Award, presented to her Thursday, July 10, during the Physiology and Endocrinology Session II, at the 2019 ASAS-CSAS Annual Meeting held in Austin, Texas.

 
Dr. Brittni P. Littlejohn is a Postdoctoral Associate in the Department of Animal and Dairy Sciences at Mississippi State University. She earned a B.S. (2012) in Animal Science, as well as a M.S. (2014) and a Ph.D. (2018) degree in Physiology of Reproduction at Texas A&M University. Her graduate work focused on the influence of prenatal transportation stress on postnatal physiology in cattle. She evaluated differential methylation of DNA as a mechanism of phenotypic differences observed in prenatally stressed calves. As a doctoral student, she received the Sorensen Achievement Award and several SS-ASAS paper competition awards. She also served as the SS-ASAS Graduate Representative (2015-2017). Dr. Littlejohn has authored 5 refereed journal articles and authored or coauthored 32 abstracts. Her current research at Mississippi State University in cooperation with USDA ARS is focused on: 1) generating a noninvasive model to induce liver abscesses in cattle with the intent to investigate alternatives to antibiotic usage, 2) utilizing biophotonic methods to track the colonization of liver abscess causing bacteria in cattle, and 3) exploring therapeutic methods to improve fertility in bulls.