College of Agriculture

Michael Chao

Assistant Professor

Personal Information

Dr. Michael Chao joined the College of Agriculture faculty in animal science from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where he completed his PhD in animal science with a specialization in meat science and muscle biology. Dr. Chao also holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in animal science, both from UC Davis.

Dr. Chao grew up in Taiwan until the age of 15, when his family moved to the Los Angeles suburb of San Marino. A desire to be a veterinarian led him to UC Davis to major in animal science.  The introduction to animal science class his freshman year opened his eyes to the opportunities in livestock production. Dr. Chao’s first experience with Chico State was the 2008 Beef Day at the University Farm, which he attended as an employee of the UC Davis feedlot. One of the speakers, Dr. Chris Calkins, would later become Dr. Chao’s PhD advisor at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln.

Dr. Chao has worked for the US Meat Export Federation, both as an intern based in the organization’s Denver headquarters and Taiwan office, and later on a contract basis to lead Taiwanese and Chinese auditing and business teams through beef and lamb processing plants in the United States.  

Dr. Chao’s research interest is to develop niche meat processing techniques to serve the needs of domestic ethnic and international markets. He looks forward to building a nationally and internationally recognized meat science program at Chico State.


  • ANSC 350 – Meat and the Consumer

  • AGRI 490 – Agricultural Experimental Research