CAFNR Research Council

The CAFNR Research Council (CRC) is an advisory body for the CAFNR Office of Research, created to implement the CAFNR Strategic Plan and Drive CAFNR research enterprise to Distinction.


  • Jay Chism, Director, Southwest Research, Extension and Education Center
  • Justin Dijak, Graduate Student
  • Mengshi Lin, Professor, Division of Food, Nutrition and Exercise Sciences
  • Pei Liu, Associate Professor, Division of Applied Social Science
  • Ron Mittler, Curators’ Distinguished Professor, Division of Plant Science & Technology
  • Alice Roach, Sr. Research Associate, Division of Applied Social Science
  • Nilesh Salvi, Research Scientist, Division of Bioengineering
  • Michael Stambaugh, Associate Professor, Forestry, School of Natural Resources
  • Katy Stoecklein, Graduate Student
  • Peter Sutovsky, Professor, Division of Animal Sciences
  • Gary Weisman, Curators’ Distinguished Professor, Division of Biochemistry
  • Jeri Lou Zimmerman, Staff, CAFNR Office of Research


View the MU CAFNR Research Council Webinar Playlist

CAFNR Research Council Webinar Series



  • Thursday, March 23, 3:30 p.m.: “From Anecdote to Evidence: A look into governance practices of agricultural cooperatives,” Keri Jacobs. Watch at:
  • Thursday, April 6, 3:30 p.m.: “Natural variation of lignin metabolism in poplar,” Jaime Barros Rios, postdoctoral fellow, Plant Sciences. Watch at:
  • Thursday, April 20, 3:30 p.m.: “Using cryo-electron microscopy to study protein quality control in disease,” Stephanie Gates, associate professor, Biochemistry. Watch at: