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Professor Michael Lee


BVSc Veterinary Science

  • Originally from the county town of Stafford in the Middle of England
  • Graduated with first class honours degree in animal science from the University of Wales in 1997.
  • PhD from University of Aberdeen in 2001 on nitrogen and energy metabolism in ruminants
  • Post doctorate studies at the Institute of Grassland and Environmental Research (IGER) working on an EU around lipid metabolism in ruminants 2001 – 2004
  • Offered a permanent position at IGER in 2005 in the plant, animal and microbial science department investigating plant attributes which had potential to improve the quality of ruminant products
  • In 2007 promoted to senior research scientist within IGER before the merger with Aberystwyth University in April 2008
  • Principal investigator in the Institute of Biological, Environmental, and Rural sciences within Aberystwyth University working on improving animal product quality and safety.
  • In April 2013 appointed as Reader in Sustainable Livestock Systems and Food Security at the University of Bristol Vet School.
  • In March 2015 took up a joint appointment with Rothamsted Research to lead the North Wyke site of the world’s oldest Agricultural research station.
  • Later the same year he was promoted to Professor of Sustainable Livestock Systems at University of Bristol.
  • Michael has published over 190 research papers and articles (including recent articles in Nature) and is an active researcher in delivering sustainable solutions for livestock production as a critical part of global food security. In 2015 he was awarded the prestigious Sir John Hammond Memorial Prize for services to Animal Science. In 2016 he was elected vice-president of the European Federation of Animal Science Livestock Farming Commission.