Frederik Derksen PhD

Frederik Derksen
Telephone: 517-355-8474
Fax: 517-353-8963

Chair of the Department of Food Science & Human Nutrition


G. M. Trout FSHN Building, 469 Wilson Rd, Rm 204, MSU, East Lansing, MI 48824

Degree: Ph.D., Physiology, Michigan State University, 1982; D.V.M., University of Guelph, 1976

Professional Positions:

2009-present - Chair, Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition, Michigan State University

1989-present - Professor, Department of Large Animal Clinical Sciences, Michigan State University 

1992-2002 - Chair, Department of Large Animal Clinical Sciences, Michigan State University 

1989- 1990 - Acting Chair, Department of Small Animal Clinical Sciences, Michigan State University   

Academic Interests:

My academic interest is capacity building in research institutions in developing countries. This work is funded through the Feed the Future Borlaug Higher Education Agricultural Research and Development (BHEARD) Program. Honoring the legacy of Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Norman Borlaug, this is a major United States Agency for International Development (USAID) funded effort to increase the number of agricultural scientists and strengthen scientific institutions in developing countries. The program supports long-term training of agricultural researchers at the master’s and doctoral levels and links scientific and higher education communities in Feed the Future countries and the United States.

We are currently working in 10 countries including Ghana, Uganda, Mali, Mozambique, Malawi, South Sudan, Kenya, Liberia, Bangladesh, and Cambodia with potential to expand to other Feed the Future countries. The BHEARD program also supports the development, testing and evaluation of new models of capacity development. The BHEARD program has the following objectives:

  •  Develop the scientific capacity (both human and institutional) of FTF countries based on strategic analysis of institutional and national capability to address the FTF goals of agriculture-led growth and reduction of hunger.
  • Create strong and supportive linkages between the scientific and higher education communities across Africa and in the United States in order to achieve FTF goals.
  • Encourage and identify innovative and effective mechanisms for human and institutional capacity development through focused monitoring, evaluation and analysis.
  • Create an efficient implementing entity through which USAID missions and bureaus can easily conduct capacity building activities with low transaction costs.


To view our publications, follow this Pub Med link to Dr. Derksen’s publications: 

We have published over 155 articles in the refereed literature, and a recent Google Scholar Citation report indicates that Dr. Derksen’s H-index is 36. For more information on publications, grants, and co-authors, follow this link: .


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