Nicholas Gabler, PhD

Associate Professor

Dr. Nicholas Gabler obtained his Bachelors of Agricultural Science from La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia. In 2005, he received his PhD degree in Animal nutrition and physiology also from La Trobe University. Upon completion of his PhD, he conducted postdoctoral research in the USA at both Purdue and Iowa State Universities. Here he worked on evaluating sources of n-3 fatty acids (docosahexaenoic acid and eicosapentaenoic acid) in nursery-finisher pig production and using the pig as a biomedical model. In 2008 he joined the Animal Science Department at ISU as an assistant professor in fundamental swine nutrition and metabolism. Presently, Dr. Gabler has an active and diverse research program that focuses on understanding and improving swine feed efficiency, nutrition by health, and intestinal physiology of pigs. He utilized both basic and applied, cellular and whole animal approaches. His research program can be divided into four areas: (1) Understanding the physiology and molecular pathways that define feed efficiency differences in swine; (2) Gastrointestinal physiology (integrity and function) of swine; (3) Using the pig as a biomedical model or dual purpose research (livestock and human application); and (4) Understanding the impact of disease and poor health on metabolism, nutrient requirements and tissue accretion. This later research has been using enteric and respiratory pathogen challenge models to study how health challenges alter pig productivity and nutrition. He is also working on finding alternatives to sub-therapeutic antibiotic growth promotants. Altogether, these research areas are developing into a highly productive, successful, integrated, hypothesis driven programs. Over the last eight years, Dr. Gabler has graduated five MS students and four PhD students from his program. He has been active as an author and co-author and has published over 45 peer-reviewed journal articles, a review paper and a book chapter since August 2008. Further, he has published over 70 meeting abstracts at regional, national and international meetings since joining the faculty. His research is making important scientific contributions to swine production and science.