Dr. Tilahun Sahlu
Dr. Tilahun Sahlu was born in Ethiopia in 1950. He received a B.S. in Animal Science in 1973 from Alemaya College of Agriculture under Haile Selasse I University in Ethiopia. Dr. Sahlu worked as Assistant Lecturer at the Debreziet Agricultural Experiment Station of Haile Selasse I University in Ethiopia from 1973 to 1978, primarily in dairy cattle crossbreeding and feed evaluation research.
He was a Research/Teaching Assistant at South Dakota State University from 1978 to 1983 and received his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in 1980 and 1983, respectively. He conducted research evaluating feedstuff for lactating dairy cattle.
From 1983 to 1985, Dr. Sahlu was a Postdoctoral Research Associate in a cooperative program involving the University of California-Davis and USDA-ARS Meat Animal Research Center in Clay Center, Nebraska.
Dr. Sahlu was a Research Specialist with the International Dairy Goat Research Center of Prairie View A&M University in Prairie View, Texas from 1985 to 1986.
Dr. Sahlu began his tenure at the E (Kika) de la Garza Institute for Goat Research of Langston University in 1986 as an Assistant Research Professor. In 1991 he was promoted to Associate Research Professor and assumed the responsibilities of Research Leader. Dr. Sahlu was promoted to Research Professor in 1994, and in 1998 became Director of the Institute.
Dr. Sahlu's research program has been broad, encompassing areas such as nutrient requirements of dairy, meat, and fiber-producing goats, regulation and control of fiber growth, and energy expenditure by goats during grazing, and application of fundamental research approaches to solve production problems and constraints.
Dr. Sahlu has had a strong emphasis on activities in developing areas of the world to improve livestock productivity for enhanced food security. This has occurred via invited presentations on goat research and production throughout the world, collaborative research/extension projects with international institutions, and direction of graduate, postdoctoral, and sabbatical research programs of a large number of international visitors.
Dr. Sahlu has been very active in the International Goat Association, and has served on the Editorial Board and is currently Associate Editor for Nutrition for the international scientific journal Small Ruminant Research.