Kent Reed, MS, PhD

Professor and Interim Vice Chair, Department of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences

Kent Reed

Contact Info

[email protected]

Office Phone 612-624-1287

Fax 612-625-0204

Lab Phone 612-624-5390

Mailing Address:
235A AS/VM Building
1988 Fitch Avenue
Saint Paul, MN 55108

Professor and Interim Vice Chair, Department of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences


College of Veterinary Medicine

Director of Graduate Studies

Graduate Program, Comparative & Molecular Biosciences

PhD, Texas A&M University

MS, Fort Hays State University

BS, University of Minnesota


As a research scientist and educator, I work to expand our knowledge base, answer important scientific questions, and relay that information to others. My research interests are in the study of genome structure, function and evolution. I support critical thinking, cooperative learning and a team approach to problem solving in the laboratory and classroom.


Biotechnology, Genomics, Evolutionary Biology, Molecular Biology

Awards & Recognition

  • Zoetis Award for Excellence in Research, CVM, University of Minnesota, 2014.
  • National Turkey Federation Research Award, Poultry Science Association, 2012.


Research Summary/Interests

My research focuses on the application of genomic resources for collaborative functional investigations in muscle physiology, immunology and toxicology. We use a comprehensive approach to investigate turkey muscle development and function as it relates to meat quality in the context of climate change. We also apply RNA-seq to better understand the metabolic and immunological responses of turkey to probiotic and aflatoxin exposure. These studies are aimed at mitigating the effects of mycotoxin contaminants in feed. Finally, I continue to be involved in efforts to improve the genomic resources for poultry and understanding of the turkey major histocompatibility complex.



Academic Interests and Focus

My background in genetics/genomics and molecular and cell biology provide several opportunities for teaching and mentoring of students. I teach in several classroom settings with diverse groups of students. It is my goal as a university educator to provide the means to productive careers in science and inspire students to pursue further training and education.

Teaching Areas

Faculty Coordinator of the National Needs Fellowship (NNF) in Avian Health and Poultry Production. The NNF program is designed to engage and train outstanding students to pursue and complete their degrees with scientific and professional experience. Fellows are trained in state-of-the-art research methodologies to succeed in a variety of settings, but with a strong foundation in basic and applied research. 


  • VBS1001 Introductory Biotechnology, instructor
  • CMB8202 Mechanisms of Animal Health and Disease, instructor
  • CVM6004 Critical Scientific Reading, instructor
  • CVM6009 Biochemistry, Nutrition, and Genetics, instructor