David L. Harmon, Ph.D., joined UK in 1991 and is a ruminant nutritionist with a primary focus in beef cattle. Jeremy Blackburn | Research Communications

David L. Harmon, director of graduate studies and professor in the Department of Animal and Food Sciences in the Martin-Gatton College of Agriculture, Food and Environment, has been honored as a 2024-25 University Research Professor

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in external grants and contracts awarded in FY23

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federal agency awards in FY23

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161 patent applications

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