Michael E. R. Dugan, Ph.D.

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Meat Lipid Scientist

Study the content, composition, stability and bioactivity of carcass lipids from agriculturally important livestock species.

Current research and/or projects

I study the content, composition, stability and bioactivity of carcass lipids from agriculturally important livestock species.

My current projects are on

  • Larger Scale enrichment and testing of Bioacitve Beef Fatty Acids
  • A nutritious modern pemmican and a stepping stone to other traditional meat products. 
  • Innovative dietary strategies for enhancing shelf-life and healthfulness of trans-18:1 and conjugated linoleic acid (South African collaborative project).
  • Canadian National Beef Quality Audit at Retail and Processing (collaborative project on for nutritional evaluation)


Role: C. Beef Science Cluster. ASC-01 Beef Cluster Activity 3 a - Beef Cluster CCA Beef Quality_Canada'​s National Beef Quality Audit at Retail and Processing. $325895.


Research and/or project statements

My research is mainly part of the Agri-Innovation program – Stream A – Food Safety initiative with the strategic objective of improving the attributes of food to improve the profitability and competitiveness of the agriculture and agri-food sectors.

Professional activities / interests

Associate Editor, Meat Science, 2018-present.

Editorial Board Member, Journal of Animal Nutrition and Physiology, 2014-present

Editorial Board Member, Meat Science, 2014-present

Board Member, Habitat for Humanity, Red Deer 2015-2017.

Chair, Lacombe Research Centre Livestock and Meat Committee 2014-present.

Past President, Canadian Society of Animal Science 2007-2008

President, Canadian Society of Animal Science 2006-2007

President Elect, Canadian Society of Animal Science 2005-2006

Vice President, Canadian Society of Animal Science 2004-2005

Chair, Lacombe Research Centre Meat Researchers Committee 2004-2006

Chair, Lacombe Research Centre Swine Users Committee 2004-2008

Chair of Advisory Board, Central Alberta Branch, St John Ambulance, 2003-2005

Associate Editor, Canadian Journal of Animal Science 1999-2005

Western Director, Canadian Society of Animal Science 2000-2002

Awards Chair, Canadian Society of Animal Science 2002

Chair, Lacombe Research Centre Animal Care Committee 1999-2001

Education and awards


2007 SCOLAR National Course on Lipids, Lipoproteins, and Atherosclerosis, University of Alberta

1992. Ph.D., Animal Nutrition, Dept. of Animal Science, University of Alberta

1986 B.Sc. Agriculture with Specialization in Animal Science (with Distinction), University of Alberta


Canadian Society of Animal Science Award of Excellence in Nutrition/Meat Science 2011

Canadian Society of Animal Science Young Scientist Award 1999



Key publications

  1. Vahmani, P., Salazar, V., Rolland, D.C., Gzyl, K.E., Dugan, M.E.R. (2019). Iso-but Not Anteiso-Branched Chain Fatty Acids Exert Growth-Inhibiting and Apoptosis-Inducing Effects in MCF-7 Cells, 67(36), 10042-10047. http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/acs.jafc.9b03549

    2019 - View publication details

  2. Añez-Osuna, F., Penner, G.B., Campbell, J., Dugan, M.E.R., Fitzsimmons, C.J., Jefferson, P.G., Lardner, H.A., McKinnon, J.J. (2019). Level and source of fat in the diet of gestating beef cows. II. Effects on the postpartum performance of the dam and the progeny, 97(7), 3120-3141. http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/jas/skz172

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  3. M.E.R. Dugan, V. Salazar, D.C. Rolland, P. Vahmani, J.L. Aalhus, Ó. Lo´ pez-Campos, N. Prieto, and
    M. Juárez. 2019. Retail lamb fat composition in western Canada. dx.doi.org/10.1139/cjas-2019-0003

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  4. F Añez-Osuna, G Penner, C Fitzsimmons, M Dugan, J Campbell, P Jefferson, H Lardner, J McKinnon, 351 Effects of level and source of fat in the diet of gestating beef cows on progeny performance., Journal of Animal Science, Volume 96, Issue suppl_3, December 2018, Page 175, https://doi.org/10.1093/jas/sky404.381

    2018 - View publication details

  5. Vahmani, P., Rolland, D.C., Gzyl, K.E., Baines, D.D.S., Dugan, M.E.R. (2018). The Growth-Inhibiting Effects of Beef Fatty Acids on MCF-7 Cells Are Influenced Mostly by the Depot Location and Inconsistently by the Biohydrogenation Intermediate Content, 53(7), 699-708. http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/lipd.12085

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  6. Juarez, M., Horcada, A., Prieto, N., Roberts, J.C., Dugan, M.E.R., Lopez-Campos, O, Uttaro, B., Larsen, I.L., Hosford, S., Galbraith J., Aalhus J.L. 2017 Guaranteeing Canadian lamb meat quality using near infrared spectroscopy on intact rack. Can J Anim Sci. 98: 390-393. doi:10.1139/CJAS-2017-0106

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  7. Chikwanha, O.C., Vahmani, P., Muchenje, V., Dugan, M.E.R., Mapiye, C. (2018). Nutritional enhancement of sheep meat fatty acid profile for human health and wellbeing, 104 25-38. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.foodres.2017.05.005

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  8. Prieto N, Dugan MER, Vahmani P, Rolland DC, Aalhus JL (2018) Using blood near infrared spectra from steers to classify fat and meat samples with low or high levels of vaccenic acid. NIR news 29 (2):10-13. doi:10.1177/0960336017751466

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  9. Dugan, M.E.R., Gzyl, K.E., Rolland, D.C., Vahmani, P. (2017). Combined Short-Path Distillation and Solvent-Assisted Crystallization of Beef Fatty Acid Methyl Esters, 94(12), 1503-1508. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11746-017-3054-3

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  10. Ekine-Dzivenu, C., Vinsky, M., Basarab, J.A., Aalhus, J.L., Dugan, M.E.R., Li, C. (2017). Phenotypic and genetic correlations of fatty acid composition in subcutaneous adipose tissue with carcass merit and meat tenderness traits in Canadian beef cattle, 95(12), 5184-5196. http://dx.doi.org/10.2527/jas2017.1966

    2017 - View publication details

Research facility

6000 C and E Trail
Lacombe, AB T4L 1W1


Member of the Canadian Society of Animal Science