Animal Sciences

animal production, welfare, physiology, nutrition, epigenetics, endocrinology, genetics and genomics

The Department of Animal Sciences 

The research at the Department of Animal Sciences covers various aspects of animal sciences at cell, tissue, and whole animal level. Our research focuses on animal production related to environment and welfare, animal physiology and environmental physiology, animal nutrition, epigenetics, endocrinology, animal genetics and genomics.

The vision of the Department is to be a national and international center of excellence, innovation and creativity, both in research and in teaching. These goals are achieved by conducting novel basic and applied biology research on farm animals, training experts in sustainable animal agriculture and developing professional interactions with academic and business authorities related to farm animal agriculture.


The Department is conducting research in the following fields:

  • Dairy milk quality;
  • Skeletal muscle repair;
  • Environmental and nutritional effects on muscle growth;
  • Nutrition and feedstuffs for ruminants;
  • Cow fertility and bovine reproduction;
  • Pathogenic stress;
  • Endocrine disruptors;
  • Stem cells and epigenetics;
  • Aquaculture: technology, reproduction and genetics;
  • Aquatic microbiology
  • Poultry husbandry, nutrition and immunology


Department of Animal Sciences
The Robert H. Smith Faculty of Agricultural, Food & Environment,
The Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

P.O. Box 12, Rehovot 76100, Israel

Phone: +972-(0)8-9489119
Fax: +972-(0)8-9465763

Yael Lewitus, Department Secretary