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SAAS Advanced Research

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We are preparing our scholars through hands-on experience and cutting-edge research, LU makes a significant impact domestically and abroad by providing new information relevant and usable by producers and researchers alike. In research and cooperative extension, we will continue to broaden our focus to ensure we lead the way in developing and implementing broad solutions that help tackle food insecurity, protect our health, and environmental health. Our top focus is to enrich the lives of the next generation and their families.

For more than 125 years, research has been an integral part of the LU School of Agriculture and Applied Sciences curriculum. Research and training results feed into both the academic and extension/outreach programs. The goal of research programs is to create greater short-term and long-term impacts on food, agriculture, and consumer issues to people and communities. The primary initiatives are to:

  • Enhance research activities by establishing new facilities and improving existing facilities.
  • Build on the good research output of small ruminant, crop, biotechnology, agribusiness, and other scientists.
  • Encourage interdisciplinary research among faculty and staff within LU-SAAS from other Langston University Departments (e.g. biology, chemistry, education, sociology, etc.), as well as from other institutions.
  • Promote faculty/staff professional development and networking opportunities to increase grants development, funding opportunity, international collaboration, and student/staff recruitment.
  • Effectively monitor, evaluate, and encourage the dissemination of research findings for efficient resource utilization to improve people’s quality of life and to promote economic development.


E (Kika) de la Garza American Institute for Goat Research (AIGR)
The mission of the E (Kika) de la Garza American Institute for Goat Research is to develop and transfer enhanced goat production system technologies, with impacts at local, state, regional, national, and international levels. The Institute strives to fulfill this mission through excellence in a results-driven, highly productive research program; an effective, client-oriented extension approach; and dynamic international activities that stress development and human capacity building. Cutting-edge research focuses on providing new information relevant and usable by producers and researchers alike. For more information, please contact Arthur Goetsch, Ph.D., Acting Director, American Institute of Goat Research at (405) 466-6148 or Terry A. Gipson, Ph.D, Acting Extension Administrator/Administrator of Research at (405) 466-6126.

Center for Horticulture and Agronomy Research
The Center for Horticulture and Agronomy at LU-SAAS is the newest of the research facilities and it provides a central place for studies related to production, biological, economic, and social challenges related to food and agriculture. Research conducted at the center helps inform farmers, consumers, and industries, both locally and internationally. Scientists work closely with cooperative extension and outreach specialists to disseminate research results that improve production practices and enhance the economic circumstances of people and communities. For more information, please contact Wesley Whittaker, Ph.D., Dean, School of Agriculture and Applied Sciences at (405) 466-6155.

Aquaculture and Aquaponics
The Aquatic Resources Center at Langston University is a multidisciplinary research, extension, and education facility. The research conducted in aquaculture, aquaponics, and water quality crosses traditional boundaries of natural resources, environment, production agriculture, and human dimensions. The extension program strives to extend the findings and resources of the center for the public good. The education program ensures students at Langston University acquire innovative tools to compete in the modern world of agriculture, natural resources, and the environmental sciences. For more information, please contact Malcolm McCallum, Ph.D., Research Scientist/Assistant Professor at (405) 466-6127, or Yonathan Tilahun, Ph.D., Assistant Professor at (405) 466-6105.

Center for Biotechnology and Research and Education (CBRE)
This program is integral to plant research and education activities in LU-SAAS. It is designed to conduct innovative plant biotechnology and plant research, work with students, and perform outreach activities. Program activities are carried out in laboratories, greenhouses, and experimental fields. Plant biotechnology research ranges from gene isolation, sequencing, and sequence analysis to gene expression in vitro and in vivo, and tissue and organ culture. It has recently established the largest daylily genetic stock (250 varieties) in the Midwest of the US aimed at developing a universal protocol for in vitro cell manipulations and plant regeneration. The complementary molecular activities will foster efforts to answer fundamental biological questions on molecular mechanisms that control the daylily’s famous “one-day flowering period” or its rich array of flower colors, among other aspects of this unique plant. It encompasses research, production, and outreach activities. All in the effort to aim at developing more efficient methods for crop production, farmers and student technology transfer, and more sustainable supplies of a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables to the local markets. General activities are planned year-round. For more information, please contact Kanyand Matand, Ph.D., Associate Professor at (405) 466-6131.

Agribusiness and Rural/Urban Economic Development
Agribusiness and economic development research focus on the allocation and use of scarce resources. Research is designed to improve the capacity of people, businesses, and communities to develop and manage resources efficiently, fairly, and sustainably. Research also emphasizes and seeks to understand rural/urban labor markets, the dynamics of food insecurity, and income inequality and poverty. The aim is to always find ways by which to improve people’s quality of life and promote economic growth. Interdisciplinary research is conducted with various partners in LU-SAAS. For more information, please contact Wesley Whittaker, Ph.D., Dean, School of Agriculture and Applied Sciences at (405) 466-6155.

Family and Consumer Sciences
Faculty in Family and Consumer Sciences seek to better understand and promote the positive development of children and adolescents from diverse backgrounds with a focus on building resilience. Emphasis is placed on research on childcare settings, parent involvement and parenting, childhood obesity prevention, emotional regulation, school performance, and youth programs. For more information, please contact Emisha Young, Ph.D, Acting Chairperson, Department of Family and Consumer Sciences at (405) 466-6107.

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