Dr. Ryan Dilger is an Associate Professor at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign campus where he studies the interaction of nutrition, immunology, and neuroscience. He received his BS (2001) and MS (2004) degrees at Purdue University working in the laboratory of Dr. Layi Adeola, and completed his PhD (2007) at the University of Illinois under the direction of Dr. David H. Baker. Ryan went on to complete post-doctorate research with Dr. Rodney Johnson at the same institution before joining the University of Illinois faculty in 2010. Overall, his research projects can be broadly categorized into two areas: 1) practical nutrition and health issues facing production animal agriculture, and 2) fundamental nutrition and developmental questions studied using the pig as a translational model to improve human health and well-being. Dr. Dilger has published 80 peer-reviewed articles and generated nearly $14 million in research funding since starting on faculty in 2010.