Anna Dilger


The American Meat Science Association (AMSA) has announced that three AMSA members are the recipients of the Distinguished Achievement Award. The award was established in 1992 and is designed to recognize and foster the development of young AMSA members who have demonstrated significant scientific skills in muscle foods research and technology that contribute to the animal products industry and the AMSA. The award is sponsored by Burke Corporation.

Anna Dilger
Dr. Anna Dilger is an associate professor of meat science at the University of Illinois. She earned her bachelor’s degree in 2002 and master’s degree in 2004 from Purdue University. After graduating from Purdue, Anna attended the University of Illinois for her Ph.D., specializing in Meat Science and Muscle Biology. As a graduate student, much of her work revolved around the role of myostatin on muscle growth using mice as a model.
Since becoming faculty in 2010, Dr. Dilger has already earned the reputation of being a sound scientist, an excellent teacher, and a great mentor. Her research focuses on prenatal and postnatal factors that alter muscle development, growth, function and their impact on meat quality. She has published a total of 52 manuscripts, including 24 as corresponding author, with additional manuscripts currently under consideration. She and her students have submitted 63 abstracts including presentations and posters at RMC and other conferences.
During her seven years as a faculty member, Anna has mentored and graduated nine MS students and three Ph.D. students. She currently mentors one MS student and two Ph.D. students. Additionally, Dr. Dilger is an accomplished teacher as is evident by the popularity of the courses she teaches and her high ratings from student reviews. She annually teaches two courses in growth and development and muscle biology and team-teaches a course in meat science. She strives to help student connect topics of growth and development and meat science to current events using assignments like in-class presentations of current topics or writing of listicles to improve students’ communication skills.

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