Michael Rose

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Michael Rose

Director, Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture

Room Room 402 , Life Sciences Building

+61 3 6226 6368 (phone)

Mike is an animal scientist with a particular interest in ruminants. He has researched the physiology and health of ruminants extensively, particularly in relation to metabolic disease, mastitis and lameness.


Mike graduated with a PhD from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne (UK) in 1993. His PhD was an investigation of the extent of the milk yield response of dairy cows to bovine somatotropin. Following this he worked in the National Institute of Grassland and Livestock Research (Japan), for seven years as a research officer, where he studied the metabolic endocrinology of dairy cows. He moved to Aberystwyth University (UK) in 2000 and was there until 2019. He moved to the University of Tasmania in 2019.

Career summary


  • PhD, University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne (UK), Variation in the milk yield and metabolic response of dairy cows to bovine somatotropin, 1993.
  • BSc (Hons), University of Nottingham (UK), Milk yield response of dairy cows to the inclusion of a calcium soap in their diet, 1989
  • PGCE, Bangor University (UK), 2002.

Languages (other than English)

Conversational Japanese


Professional practice

Senior Fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy; Professional Recognition Reference: PR104500, Recognition date: 28/04/2016

Member of the Global Committee of the British Society of Animal Science

Administrative expertise

Former Director of Learning and Teaching, Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences, Aberystwyth University (UK)


dairy cows, ruminants, nutrition, physiology, heath, welfare, ethics

Teaching expertise

Mike has extensive experience of teaching in higher education. He has taught at all levels, from pre-degree diplomas, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral programmes. He has been responsible for the design of several degree schemes, including honours BSc programmes in animal science, veterinary biosciences, veterinary science, livestock science, amongst others. In addition to this, he has been responsible for the design of many units within these programmes, including livestock nutrition, livestock systems, animal physiology and the ethics of animal use.

Research Appointments

2012-2016: Chair of the Programme Committee of the British Society of Animal Science

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Dairy cow health and welfare

Research Themes

Mike’s work aligns to the University’s research themes of ‘Better Health’ and ‘Resources and Sustainability’. He has been working with others on the development of precision livestock technologies for ruminants, in order to maximise their heath and production. These technologies include accelerometers, GPS units and others. Additionally, he is working on the identification of biomarkers in young dairy heifers that predict good lifetime performance. He is part of the supervisory team to develop cell culture based in vitro meat. Aside from his research interests, he is also interested in the mechanisms by which higher education students learn and perform well at university.


Mike is currently involved in three international projects that are primarily aimed at maintaining the health and welfare of livestock in intensive and extensive systems. These collaborative projects involve partnership with researchers at Aberystwyth University in the UK and commercial companies.


Tenth International Symposium on Ruminant Physiology, Denmark. [Winner of ‘Best Poster in Symposium’ Award].

Fields of Research

  • Animal management (300302)
  • Agricultural biotechnology diagnostics (incl. biosensors) (300101)
  • Animal behaviour (310901)
  • Endocrinology (320208)
  • Animal immunology (310905)
  • Animal nutrition (300303)
  • Animal physiology - cell (310909)
  • Animal reproduction and breeding (300305)
  • Bacteriology (310701)
  • Sustainable agricultural development (300210)
  • Veterinary diagnosis and diagnostics (300904)
  • Crop and pasture production (300499)
  • Horticultural production (300899)
  • Soil sciences (410699)

Research Objectives

  • Dairy cattle (100402)
  • Sheep for meat (100412)
  • Expanding knowledge in the biological sciences (280102)
  • Beef cattle (100401)
  • Other plant production and plant primary products (269999)
  • Horses (100406)
  • Pigs (100410)
  • Horticultural crops (260599)


Mike has authored or co-authored over 60 peer reviewed publications in the broad area of ruminant health. These relate to a wide variety of topics, including the molecular mechanisms that transport the prion protein that causes bovine spongiform encephalopathy from the gut into the lymphatic system, to industrially sponsored trials to determine appropriate bedding for livestock. Many nutritionally related projects have been completed, including the iodine nutrition of sheep to and the effect of heat stress on the metabolic endocrinology of dairy cows. More recent work has concentrated on the development of precision livestock technologies.

Total publications


Journal Article

(15 outputs)
2021Jones RA, Davis CN, Jones DL, Tyson F, Davies E, et al., 'Temporal dynamics of trematode intermediate snail host environmental DNA in small water body habitats', Environmental DNA, 148, (12) pp. 1490-1496. ISSN 2637-4943 (2021) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1017/S0031182021001104 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 3Web of Science - 1


2021Williams M, Davis CN, Jones DL, Davies ES, Vasina P, et al., 'Lying behaviour of housed and outdoor-managed pregnant sheep', Applied Animal Behaviour Science, 241 Article 105370. ISSN 0168-1591 (2021) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.applanim.2021.105370 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 3Web of Science - 3


2020Davis CN, Tyson F, Cutress D, Davies E, Jones DL, et al., 'Rapid detection of Galba truncatula in water sources on pasture-land using loop-mediated isothermal amplification for control of trematode infections', Parasites and Vectors, 13, (1) Article 496. ISSN 1756-3305 (2020) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1186/s13071-020-04371-0 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 10Web of Science - 7


2020Sakuma A, Sugawara S, Takahashi H, Nakajo M, Suda Y, et al., 'IL-12p40 gene expression in lung and hilar lymph nodes of MPS resistant pigs', Animal Science Journal , 91, (1) pp. 1-11. ISSN 1740-0929 (2020) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/asj.13450 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Web of Science - 1


2020Wonfor RE, Creevey CJ, Natoli M, Hegarty M, Nash DM, et al., 'Interaction of preimplantation factor with the global bovine endometrial transcriptome', PLoS One, 15, (12) Article e0242874. ISSN 1932-6203 (2020) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0242874 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 1Web of Science - 1


2019Williams ML, James WP, Rose MT, 'Variable segmentation and ensemble classifiers for predicting dairy cow behaviour', Biosystems Engineering, 178 pp. 156-167. ISSN 1537-5110 (2019) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.biosystemseng.2018.11.011 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 13Web of Science - 11


2018Zhuang T, Urakawa M, Sato H, Sato Y, Taguchi T, et al., 'Phenotypic and functional analysis of bovine peripheral blood dendritic cells before parturition by a novel purification method', Animal Science Journal, 89, (7) pp. 1011-1019. ISSN 1344-3941 (2018) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/asj.13014 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 1Web of Science - 2


2017Crowley EJ, King JM, Wilkinson T, Worgan HJ, Huson KM, et al., 'Comparison of the microbial population in rabbits and guinea pigs by next generation sequencing', PLoS ONE, 12, (2) Article e0165779. ISSN 1932-6203 (2017) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0165779 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 28Web of Science - 27


2017Williams ML, James WP, Rose MT, 'Fixed-time data segmentation and behavior classification of pasture-based cattle: Enhancing performance using a hidden Markov model', Computers and Electronics in Agriculture, 142 pp. 585-596. ISSN 0168-1699 (2017) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.compag.2017.11.010 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 9Web of Science - 7


2017Wonfor RE, Natoli M, Rose MT, Nash DM, 'Effects of preimplantation factor on interleukin-6 and prostaglandin F and E2 in the bovine endometrium', Theriogenology, 102 pp. 174-182. ISSN 0093-691X (2017) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.theriogenology.2017.08.001 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 3Web of Science - 3


2016Hondo T, Someya S, Nagasawa Y, Terada S, Watanabe H, et al., 'Cyclophilin A is a new M cell marker of bovine intestinal epithelium', Cell and Tissue Research, 364, (3) pp. 585-597. ISSN 0302-766X (2016) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1007/s00441-015-2342-1 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 3Web of Science - 3


2016Watanabe H, Nakano T, Saito R, Akasaka D, Saito K, et al., 'Serotonin improves high fat diet induced obesity in mice', PLoS ONE, 11, (1) Article e0147143. ISSN 1932-6203 (2016) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0147143 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 38Web of Science - 30


2016Williams ML, Mac Parthalain N, Brewer P, James WPJ, Rose M, 'A novel behavioral model of the pasture-based dairy cow from GPS data using data mining and machine learning techniques', Journal of Dairy Science, 99, (3) pp. 2063-2075. ISSN 0022-0302 (2016) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.3168/jds.2015-10254 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 43Web of Science - 36


2015Takanashi S, Nochi T, Abe M, Itaya N, Urakawa M, et al., 'Extracellular cyclophilin A possesses chemotaxic activity in cattle', Veterinary Research, 46, (1) Article 80. ISSN 0928-4249 (2015) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1186/s13567-015-0212-1 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 7Web of Science - 9


2015Watanabe H, Chen X, Shoji N, Saito R, Nakano T, et al., 'Stimulatory effect of plasma samples from fattening cattle on adipogenesis-related gene expression in preadipocyte cells', Animal Science Journal, 86, (7) pp. 698-706. ISSN 1344-3941 (2015) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/asj.12344 [eCite] [Details]


Chapter in Book

(1 outputs)
2017Watanabe H, Rose M, Kanayama Y, Shirakawa H, Aso H, 'Energy Homeostasis by the Peripheral Serotonergic System', Serotonin: A Chemical Messenger Between All Types of Living Cells, IntechOpen Limited, FS Kaneez (ed), London, UK, pp. 185-201. ISBN 978-953-51-3361-2 (2017) [Research Book Chapter]

DOI: 10.5772/intechopen.68831 [eCite] [Details]


Grants & Funding

  • 2019 – 2020: Biomarkers for precision dairy calf rearing – Farming Connect Innovation Grant – Farming Connect. £25 000
  • 2018 – 2020: Development of Precision Livestock Technologies for Welsh Agriculture – Welsh Government; £370 000
  • 2018 – 2021: Production of in vitro pork meat – Cellular Agriculture. KESS II PhD scholarship; Welsh Government and EU; £84 000
  • 2013 – 2019: Use of precision agriculture in the detection of lameness in dairy cows. PhD studentship awarded from the Coleg Cymraeg Genedlaethol. £60 000

Funding Summary

Number of grants


Total funding



PhD top up scholarship (2021 - 2023)$30,000
Scholarship top up for three years for Georgia Wunderlich
Quantal Bioscience Pty Ltd ($30,000)
Contract Research
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Rose M; Ross T
2021 - 2023
JM Roberts Seed Funding for Sustainable Agriculture (2020 - 2022)$60,000
JM Roberts Charitable Trust ($60,000)
Donation - Institutional
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Rose M; Leith PB; Kumar S
2020 - 2022
Research & Development Contractual Agreement - TIA JVA (2002 - 2024)$86,783,917
Department of Natural Resources and Environment Tasmania ($86,783,917)
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Rose M
2002 - 2024

Research Supervision

Mike has supervised 8 PhD students to successful completion of their PhD. These relate to the areas of research that he has been involved in. He is keen to take on suitably qualified PhD candidates in future programmes. Candidates should have a good undergraduate degree, with a strong performance in the honours year and an interest in the health and welfare of ruminants.




PhDUseful microbes in equine guts2021
PhDSmart-Farm data for dairy cows2022