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Jerrad Legako

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AMSA has announced that the three AMSA members who will be the recipients of the Distinguished Achievement Award. Carrie Garner, Dr. Jerrad F. Legako, and Dr. Ranjith Ramanathan will be honored on Tuesday, June 25, 2019 at a special awards banquet during the AMSA 72nd Reciprocal Meat Conference (RMC) in Loveland, CO. The Achievement 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 contributing to the animal products industry and the AMSA. The award is sponsored by Burke Corporation.

Dr. Jerrad Legako is an assistant professor in the Animal and Food Sciences Department at Texas Tech University. Dr. Legako’s research and teaching specialization is in the area of meat science. His research program primarily focuses upon pre-and post-harvest factors which influence beef quality. Dr. Legako’s program is differentiated from others based on his usage of analytical chemistry to explore beef flavor character and beef flavor development. Some of the specific factors being explored in Dr. Legako’s research group include how animal diet, management, genetics, post-mortem aging, packaging, and cooking influence beef flavor. Thus far in his academic career, Dr. Legako has served as an investigator on research projects totaling over $3.1 million. Results from these research efforts have been presented in 34 peer-reviewed journal articles, 82 refereed abstracts, 8 proceedings papers, 1 invited white paper, and 1 co-authored book chapter. Dr. Legako has also been invited to speak for a number of academic, extension, and industry audiences.
 
Dr. Legako was a faculty member at Utah State University for three years (2013-2016)
prior to his current position at Texas Tech. During his time as a faculty member Dr. Legako has been charged with instructing courses, such as Experimental Techniques in Meat Chemistry and Muscle Biology, Food Analysis, Food Chemistry, and Meat Technology and Processing. Legako has mentored six graduate students through successful defenses as their major-advisor and three graduate students as co-advisor.
 
Currently, Legako serves as the major advisor for two Ph.D. students and co-advisor for one Ph.D. student. Outside of his own students, Legako has served as a graduate
committee member for 17 graduate students. In addition to graduate students, Dr. Legako has mentored 18 undergraduate students working within his research group. Dr. Legako previously advised the Utah State University Meat Quiz Bowl Team and currently serves as the advisor for the Texas Tech University Academic Quadrathlon team.

 

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