Agricultural Research Complex


William J. Parker Agricultural Research Center

Purpose: To encourage and strengthen innovative domestic animal research relevant to One Health.

Vision: Enable comparative medical research focused on ameliorating diseases that affect human and animal populations.

Mission: To stimulate and strengthen the applications of large domestic animals to advance basic and translational research relevant to biomedicine and agriculture.

ARC Infrastructure

The William J. Parker Agricultural Research Center (ARC) is a 55,000 square foot facility dedicated to elucidating complex physiological mechanisms in domestic livestock with a particular emphasis on environmental stress. The facility includes four environmentally controlled modules for large and small domestic animals to investigate effects of the semi-arid environment on metabolism, endocrine function and gene expression. The facility includes large and small animal surgical capability and laboratories for metabolic studies in the whole animal. To complete the systems physiology approach, 11,000 square feet of laboratory space is dedicated to molecular and cellular biology. This space includes four individual laboratories, two cell culture rooms, an imaging laboratory, and several rooms for shared resources and technical support (dish washing, dark room, two radiation rooms, and freezer/cold storage). Ongoing research at the facility encompasses a variety of areas including functional genomics, metabolism, nutrient requirements, physiology and molecular biology.

The environmental modules in the ARC simulate in a controlled setting the environmental conditions of the desert regions, including temperature, humidity, solar radiation, and daily and seasonal cycles.


Four principal investigators in ACBS are currently located at the ARC.

Dr. Sean Limesand, Professor and Director of the ARC
- Conducts research in perinatal medicine and islet biology.

Dr. Duarte Diaz, Associate Professor
- Studying nutritional toxicology and dairy management.

Dr. Ravi Goyal, Associate Professor
- Epigenetic and genetic mechanisms related to fetal development and angiogenesis.

Dr. Benjamin Renquist, Assistant Professor
- Working in the areas of nutrition and metabolism.

Dr. Frank Duca, Assistant Professor
- Studying the intestinal signaling mechanisms that regulate energy homeostasis.

For more information contact the Agricultural Research Complex at (520)621-1470.

Directions: This facility is just a short 4 mile drive from main campus. To reach the facilitiy from the main campus, take Speedway Bouelevard east to Campbell Avenue. Drive north on Campbell Avenue 3.5 miles to Roger Road. Turn left onto Roger and then take the first right turn into the Campus Agricultural Center.

Laboratory Space


Environmental Rooms