Associate Professor
gerd.bobe [at]

Office: 541-737-1898

Linus Pauling Science Center

Linus Pauling Science Center 479

2900 Southwest Campus Way

2900 Southwest Campus Way
Corvallis, OR 97331

Nutrition is critically important for optimum development and maintenance of mind and body throughout life in animals and humans.  The focus of my research group is on dietary disease prevention using a “system biology” approach that integrates knowledge from nutrition & physiology, molecular & cellular biology, nutritional & molecular epidemiology, and biostatistics.  (1) In ruminants, the focus of my research group is on optimal nutrition during periods of stress, in particular the time around calving and markers that predict risk of disease.  Flaxseed, selenium, yeast fermentation product, and vitamin E are dietary compounds that we have looked at for improving health and performance of ruminants.  (2) In humans, the focus of my research group is personalized disease prevention using dietary flavonols and dry beans.  Combining “omics” techniques in parallel human and animal model studies provides the opportunity to improve risk assessment, allowing the development of new prevention and treatment options, and an individually tailored approach to prevention and treatment in humans.


Affiliated with: 
Animal & Rnglnd Sciences
OSU Main Campus
I accept graduate students for Animal and Rangeland Sciences Department
Courses Taught: 

ANS 505F/605 - Reading and Conference

ANS 508 - Workshop

ANS 511 - Digestive Physiology and Nutrition of Ruminant Animals

ANS 599 - Special Topics

Beyond OSU

Personal Interests: 

Comes from a farm which has been in his family for over 600 years!


Associate Professor (Animal & Rangeland Sciences), Adjunct Faculty (Human Nutrition), Principal Investigator (Linus Pauling Institute)

Professional Accomplishments

Professional Affiliations: 

American Association for Cancer Research

American Dairy Science Association

American Society of Animal Science

American Society of Nutritional Science

American Society of Preventive Oncology

Institute of Food Technologists

Society for Experimental Biology and Medicine

Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior


M.P.H. Public Health Nutrition, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, 2006

Ph.D. Animal Nutrition, Iowa State University, 2002

M.S. Nutritional Physiology and Animal Breeding, Iowa State University, 1997

My Awards

Honors and Awards: 

2004 - Recipient of the Richard M. Hoyt Award for Graduate Student Research from the National Milk Producers Federation

2005/2009 - Recipient of the Cancer Research Training Award from the NCI's Cancer Prevention Fellowship Program

2006 - Member of Delta Omega, Honorary Society for Public Health

2007/2009 - Recipient of the Aflac Scholar-in-Training Award from American Association for Cancer Research (AACR)

2008 - Recipient of the Cancer Prevention Training Merit Award from NCI

My Publications