CEO, Meat Division
Dr. Koohmaraie received his B.S. degree in Animal Science from Pahlavi University in Iran, M.S. degree from Texas A&M-Kingsville University in 1980 and Ph.D. degree in Animal Science from Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon in 1984. From 1984 to 1987 he was a postdoctoral fellow at U.S. Meat Animal Research Center and Michigan State University. In 1987, he returned to the U.S. Meat Animal Research Center. From 1987 until 2008, Dr. Koohmaraie had various roles at the U.S. Meat Animal Research Center, as scientist, Department Head and then Director of the Center. As a scientist, he trained 34 students and postdoctoral fellows from several U.S. universities and five foreign countries.
As Director, he was responsible for directing research and operation of the Center. The U.S. Meat Animal Research Center has 260 staff members, including 64 permanent and temporary scientists. The 2007 operating budget for the U.S. Meat Animal Research Center is $23.8 million. The U.S. Meat Animal Research Center is one of the largest of over 100 laboratories of the Agricultural Research Service of the USDA.
Throughout his career, Dr. Koohmaraie has focused his research efforts on the biological mechanisms regulating meat tenderness. Starting with the outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 in the Northwest Dr. Koohmaraie has been heavily involved in leading and conducting research projects to help the meat industry reduce/eliminate E. coli O157:H7 from the red meat supply. He works closely with the members of meat industry to design projects to address food safety problems relevant to the industry. The focal points of these projects has been the development of methodology to assess the prevalence as well as the sources of key foodborne pathogens and intervention strategies to reduce/eliminate these pathogens from the red meat supply.
After 24 years as a USDA scientist, Dr. Koohmaraie left the public sector to pursue his passion in the area of beef safety and quality in private sector. In April of 2008, Dr. Koohmaraie joined IEH Laboratories and Consulting Group as its Chief Executive Officer of the Meat Division. At IEH he continues his long standing efforts of working closely with the industry to help them produce the safest meat possible.
In recognition of his contributions to science and technology, Dr. Koohmaraie has received numerous National Awards including Agricultural Research Service’s Scientist of the Year Award in 1992 and 2001; Agricultural Research Service’s technology transfer awards in 2004 and 2008, USDA Secretary Award in 1995 and 2001; and Research Awards from the American Meat Science Association and the American Society of Animal Science. National Meat Association selected him as it Professional of the Year Award in 2005 stating “In recognition of your dedication and valuable service to the meat and poultry industry.” In 2005, he was the recipient of the American Meat Science Association “Signal Service Award” for “In recognition of devoted service and lasting contribution to the meat industry and the American Meat Science Association.”
In 2012, Dr. Koohmaraie was inducted (3rd class) into the Meat Industry Hall of Fame.
Dr. Koohmaraie has published over 400 scientific publications and has given over 250 invited talks to U.S. and International Organizations. Dr. Koohmaraie is an ISI Highly Cited Scientist.
Ph.D., Meat Science and Muscle Biology, Oregon State University, 1984
M.S., Meat Science, Texas A&M at Kingsville, 1980
B.S., Animal Science, Pahlavi University, Shiraz, Iran, 1978