Zumbaugh, Morgan

Assistant Professor, Muscle Biology/Meat Science
251 Weber Hall
Manhattan, KS 66506

Area(s) of Specialization

Muscle Biology
Meat Science

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B.S. Animal and Poultry Science, Virginia Tech, 2016
Ph.D. Animal and Poultry Sciences, Virginia Tech, 2020

Bio Brief

Dr. Morgan Zumbaugh is a new assistant professor in the Animal Sciences and Industry Department. Zumbaugh is a muscle biologist and meat scientist with research interest in skeletal muscle metabolism and the associated regulatory signaling pathways. The overall goal of Zumbaugh’s research is to optimize muscle growth and fresh meat quality.

Zumbaugh earned her bachelor’s degree in the Animal and Poultry Sciences department at Virginia Tech in 2016. Then, she continued her education at Virginia Tech and earned her PhD in muscle biology and meat science in the Animal and Poultry Sciences department in 2020.

At K-State, Zumbaugh’s appointment will be 70% research and 30% teaching. She will teach the growth and development course and other subjects in muscle biology and/or meat science that further prepare our students for future careers or advanced education.

During her studies at Virginia Tech, she worked as an undergraduate and graduate research assistant in the Animal and Poultry Sciences department. Through this role, she had the chance to gain teaching experience in meat science, animal growth and development, and animal breeding- and genetics-based courses.

Morgan and her husband, Chuck, enjoy exploring Manhattan’s parks with their American Mastiff, Ripley.