Dr. Bird is an Associate Professor in the Department of Human Sciences and Molecular Genetics. The major goals of her lab are to identify the mechanisms by which cells sense and regulate gene expression in response to cellular zinc deficiency, using Schizosaccharomyces pombe.
Dr. Firkins is a Professor in the Department of Animal Sciences. His current research is area is carbohydrate and protein digestibility in ruminants. He also has an interest in rumen and gut microbiology.