Tumen Wuliji, Ph.D.
Associate Professor/Program Leader of Animal Science
109 Small Animal Research Facility
1220 Chestnut Street
Jefferson City, MO 65101
(573) 681-5377 (office)
(573) 681-5439 (lab)
(573) 200-2735 (cell)
Tumen Wuliji is an Associate Professor and Program Leader of Animal Science at Cooperative Research, and graduate faculty in the Department of Agriculture & Environmental Sciences. His current research interests are:
· Evaluating lean meat selection efficiency, genetic gain, and developing lean selection index
· Developing an out-of-season breeding system for organic fall lamb production
· Evaluating the probiotic control of gastrointestinal parasites in small ruminants
· Developing a rapid infection detection technique and foot rot outbreak monitoring protocol
· Breeding foot rot disease-resistant goats and sheep using genetic marker-assisted selection.
Dr. Wuliji developed and taught four animal science courses at Lincoln University (AGR 408A Ruminant Nutrition; AGR350A Animal Health, Welfare & Parasitology; AGR 340A Companion Animal and Horse Science; and AGR 401 Agriculture Seminar) from 2012-2018. Preceding his appointment at Lincoln University he was an associate professor at University of Nevada. He taught various advanced level courses including Biology, Cell Biology, Large Animal Science, Rangeland and Livestock Interactions, Companion Animal and Horse Science, Small Ruminant Science, and other graduate special topics at UNR and other institutes. Dr. Wuliji has been the PI for several Evans-Allen projects at LU, and he recently received and conducted SARE NCR grant project, DoD MRI grant project, DHS research grant project, NIFA National Needs Followship Grant project, and 1890 Capacity Building Grant project, and meantime, served as Co-PIs for a number of grant proposal. He has more than 30 years of small ruminant animal breeding and organic production experience at various institutions, including UNSW (Australia), AgResearch (NZ), Langston Goat Research Institute (OK) and University of Nevada (Reno). He had conducted sheep, goat and camelids breeding, reproduction and organic production research, and published over 120 papers, textbook chapters, and special publications. Recently, he participated in and completed the DHS sponsored "Bench to Shop" Scientific Business Development and Management Course (four months online) and high containment BSL-4 Lab experimental workshop practice (one month onsite) for zoonotic disease clinical and pathological diagnosis, organized by TAMU, UTMB, CSU, and ARC (Onderstepoort Veterinary Research, South Africa). He is also an adjunct faculty at the University of Missouri (MU) and supervised three master's students and two PhD graduate student's research theses with collaboration by MU's faculties.
1. Wuliji, T. 2018. "Experimental Fleece-Removal with Bioclip® Wool-Harvesting System for Merino derived Wool Sheep in the US". Journal of Advanced Agricultural Technologies 6, No. 2:1-7. http://www.joaat.com/journal.
2. Quispe, E.C., D. Sacchero, T. Wuliji & M.D. Quispe. 2020. Evaluation of a new portable device that measures diameter of animal fibres. S.A. Journal of Animal Science 2020, 50 (No. 5) 700-709.
3. Wuliji, T. 2017. "Evaluation of Fiber Diameter and Correlated Fleece Characteristics of an Extreme Fine Alpaca Strain Farmed in Missouri." International Journal of Camelid Science 10: 17-30. http://www.isocard.net/en/journal.
4. Balakrishnan, B., Barizuddin, S., Wuliji, T., and M. El-Dweik. 2016. "A Rapid and Highly Specific Immunofluorescence Method to Detect Escherichia coli O157:H7 in Infected Meat Samples." International Journal of Food Microbiology 231: 54-62.
5. Deng, D., Zhang, N., Mustapha, A., Xu, D., Wuliji, T., Farley, M., et al. 2014. "Differentiating Enteric Escherichia coli from Environmental Bacteria through the Putative Glucosyltransferase Gene (ycjM)." Water Research 61: 224-231.
6. Wuliji, T., Dodds, K. G., Andrews, R. N., and P. R. Turner. 2011. "Selection Response to Fleece Weight, Wool Characteristics, and Heritability Estimates in Yearling Romney Sheep." Livestock Science 135: 26-31.
7. Wuliji, T., Dodds, K. (2011). Effect of fleece weight selection on reproduction, live weight and wool characteristics in mature Romney ewes. Small Ruminant Research 97: 55-59.
8. Wuliji, T., A. Litherland, A.L. Goetsch, T. Sahlu, R. Puchala, L.J. Dawson and T. Gipson. 2005. Evaluation of melatonin and bromocryptine administration in Spanish goats: III. Effects on hair follicle activity, density and relationships between follicle characteristics. Journal of Small Ruminant Research: 66:11-21.
9. Wuliji, T., A. Litherland2, A.L. Goetsch1, T, Sahlu1, R. Puchala1 and L.J. Dawson3 and T. Gipson. 2003. Evaluation of melatonin and bromocryptine administration in Spanish goats. II. Effects on seasonal cashmere growth, fiber characteristics of does. Journal of Small Ruminant Research: 49: 41-49.
10. Wuliji, T., A. Litherland2, A.L. Goetsch1, T, Sahlu1, R. Puchala1 and L.J. Dawson3 and T. Gipson1. 2003. Evaluation of melatonin and bromocryptine administration in Spanish goats. I. Effects on the out of season breeding performance in spring kidding rate and fleece weight of does. Journal of Small Ruminant Research: 49: 31-40.
RECENT INVITED PAPERS:
11. Wuliji, T. "Detection, prevention and management of footrot in sheep and goats." 20th Int. Symposium on Lameness in Ruminants, 143-145, Tokyo, Japan.
12. Wuliji, T. 2017. "Merino Breeding Program Improves Fine Wool Quality in Nevada Sheep Flocks." In Proceedings of South American Camelids Research III, 1-10, Assisi, Italy.
13. Wuliji, T. et al. 2017. "Survey Screening for Footrot Resistant Gene Markers in US Hair Sheep and Their Crossbreds." 19th Int. Symp. on Lameness in Ruminants, 78-79, Munich, Germany.
14. Wuliji, T., Baughman, C., Epple-Farmer, J., Markway, J., Wilbers, L., Groose, E., Wieberg, T. and Bax, A. 2020. "Comparison of ultrasound scanned loin eye muscle characteristics and back-fat depth measured in lean muscle selection and control Katahdin sheep flock". ASAS-CSAS-WSASAS Virtual Meeting, Madison, WI.
15. Wuliji, T., et al. 2019. "Evaluation of an out-of-season breeding system for organic lamb production by hair sheep." ARD 19th Biennial Research Symposium, P. 146. Jacksonville, FL.