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Robert E. Ward

Robert E. Ward

Associate Professor
Dept: Food Sciences
Location:  NFS 322
Office Phone:  (435) 797-2153
Fax:  (435) 797-2379
Cell Phone:  (435) 757-7601
Nutrition and Food Sciences
750 North 1200 East
UMC 8700
Utah State University
Logan, UT 84322
Specialties: Food science, bioactive materials
Dr. Robert Ward is an associate professor of nutrition and food sciences. Research in the Ward Lab involves investigating linkages between food chemistry and nutrition. Our approach is to apply comprehensive analytical tools (such as metabolomics, lipidomics and functional genomics) to both characterize foods and the dynamic responses of organisms that consume them.
Dr. Ward’s research interest includes the study of bioactive nutrients that are those dietary components thought to provide health benefits beyond basic nutrition. To address that goal, Dr. Ward developed the Total Western Diet (TWD) with Dr. Benninghoff of the Department of Animal, Dairy and Veterinary Sciences and Dr. Hintze of NDFS. The TWD is a novel rodent diet which is based on human intakes measured in NHANES. It captures both the macronutrient (carbohydrate, protein, fat) and micronutrient (vitamins, minerals) composition of the American diet.
The Ward Lab studies dietary polyunsaturated fatty acids and inflammation, and novel health benefits of dairy ingredients in both human and rodent models. In addition, the Ward lab provides analytical expertise in GC-MS and GC-FID to colleagues. Analytes of interest include fatty acid in several lipid classes, small molecule metabolites, aroma volatiles and short chain fatty acids.
Dr. Ward's teaches lower and upper division courses in food chemistry, and he is the current director of the Food Science Program at USU.
From September 2014 - June 2015 Dr. Ward will be on sabbatical leave in Lyon, France.


Ph.D Food Science and Technology, University of California, Davis 2005
M.S. Food Science and Technology, University of California, Davis, 2001
B.A. University of Vermont, 1991


2014 USU College of Agriculture and Applied Sciences Researcher of the Year
2014 NDFS Department Researcher of the year
2005 NIH Training Grant in Biomolecular Technology
2004 UC Davis Biotechnology Training Grant (sponsored by Monsanto)
2004 Gerber Endowment in Pediatric Nutrition
2004 Institute of Food Technologists Graduate Fellowship.
2004 3rd Place Team, Institute of Food Technologists Student Product Development Competition
2004 2nd Place Team, Institute of Food Technologists College Bowl Competition
2003, 2004 Western Area Champion, IFT College Bowl Competition 

Peer Reviewed Journal Articles (Since 2010):

Hintze, K.H., Cox, J., Rompato, G., Benninghoff, A., Ward, R.E., Broadbent, J., and Lefevre, M. 2014 Broadscope method for creating humanized animal models for animal health and disease research through antibiotic treatment and human fecal transfer. Gut Microbes. In press
Maughan, B., Provenza, F., Tansawat, R., Maughan, C., Martini, S., Ward, R., Clemensen, A., Song, X., Cornforth, D., and Villalba, J. 2014 Importance of grass-legume choices on cattle grazing behavior, performance, and meat characteristics. Animal Science 92:1-16.
Jhanwar, A. and Ward, R.E. 2014. Particle size distribution and lipid composition of skim milk membrane. International Dairy Journal 36:110-117
Brogna, D.M.R., Tansawat, R., Cornforth, D., Ward, R., Bella, M., Luciano, G., Priolo, A., and Villalba, J. 2014 The quality of meat from sheep treated with tannin- and saponin-based remedies as a natural strategy for parasite control Meat Science 96:744-749.
Broadbent, J.R., Oberg, T.S., Hughes, J.E., Ward, R.E., Welker, D.E., and Steele, J.S. 2014 Influence of polysorbate 80 and cyclopropane fatty acid synthase activity on lactic acid production by Lactobacillus casei ATCC 334 at low pH Journal of Industrial Microbiology & Biotechnology 41(3):545-553
Oberg, TS, Ward, RE, Steele, JL and Broadbent, JR. 2013 Genetic and physiological responses of Bifidobacterium animalis subsp. lactis to hydrogen peroxide stress Journal of Bacteriology 195(16):3743-51
Kronberg S.L., Scholljegerdes, E.J., Murphy, E.J., Ward, R.E., Maddock, T.D., Schauer, C.S. 2012. Treatment of flaxseed to reduce biohydrogenation of α-linolenic acid by ruminal microbes in sheep and cattle, and increase n-3 fatty acid concentrations in red meat. Journal of Animal Science 90 (12):4618-24.
Zhou AL, Hintze KJ, Jimenez-Flores R, Ward RE. 2012 Dietary fat composition influences tissue lipid profile and gene expression in Fischer-344 rats. Lipids 47(12):1119-30.
Noviandi, C.T., Ward, R.E., ZoBell, D.R., Stott, R.D., Waldron, B.L., Peel, M.D., and Eun, J.-S. 2012. Fatty acid composition in adipose tissue of pasture- and feedlot-finished beef steers. The Professional Animal Scientist 28(2):184-193
Tan, W., Budinich, M., Ward, R.E., Broadbent, J. and Steele, J. 2012. Optimal growth of Lactobacillus casei in a Cheddar cheese ripening model system requires exogenous fatty acids. Journal of Dairy Science 95(4):1680-9
Hintze, K.J., Benninghoff, A.D. and Ward, R.E. 2012. Formulation of the Total Western Diet (TWD) as a basal diet for rodent cancer studies. Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry 60(27):6736-42
Oberg, T.S., Ward, R.E., Steele, J.L., and Broadbent, J.R. 2012. Identification of plasmalogens in the cytoplasmic membrane of Bifidobacterium animalis subsp. lactis Applied and Environmental Microbiology 78(3):880-884
Maughan, C., Tansawat, R., Cornforth, D., Ward, R. and Martini, S. 2012. Development of a Beef Flavor Lexicon. Meat Science 90(1):116-121
MacAdam, J., Ward, R., Griggs, T., Min, B-R, Aiken, G. 2011. Case Study: Average Daily Gain and Blood Fatty Acid Composition of Cattle Grazing the Non-Bloating Legumes Birdsfoot Trefoil and Cicer Milkvetch in the Northern Mountain West U.S.A. The Professional Animal Scientist 27(6):574-583
Snow, D.R., Ward, R.E., Olsen, A., Jimenez-Flores, R. and Hintze, K.J. 2011. Membrane-rich milk fat diet provides protection against gastrointestinal leakiness in mice treated with lipopolysaccharide. Journal of Dairy Science 94 (5): 2201-12
Shen, Q., Gibson, G., Ward, R.E. and Tuohy, K.M. 2011. In vitro measurement of the impact of human milk oligosaccharides on the faecal microbiota of weaned formula-fed infants compared to a mixture of prebiotic fructooligosaccharides and galactooligosaccharide. Letters in Applied Microbiology. 52(4):337-343
Snow, D.R., Jimenez-Flores, R., Ward R.E., Campbell, J. , Young, M.J. , Nemere I., Hintze, K.J. 2010. Dietary milk fat globule membrane reduces the incidence of aberrant crypt foci in Fischer-344 rats. Journal of Agricultural Food Chemistry 58(4):2157-63