Dr. Matthew Aardsma
Clinical Research Scientist
Dr. Matthew Aardsma joined ARP as a clinical research scientist in early 2019. After graduating from Purdue University with a PhD in animal nutrition and physiology, Dr. Matthew and his family relocated to small-town Illinois, where he now works as a dedicated member of the ARP team, wearing a variety of hats on a daily basis. ⠀
In his spare time you can find him remodeling his 1950’s house, fishing, or eating vanilla bean ice cream. He is married to Esther and they have four children. Matthew is fond of animals in general, with a particular love for dogs. He says he likes “organization and efficiency.” ⠀⠀
When asked why he feels called to the work at ARP, Matthew replied: “My main career goal throughout graduate school was for my career to have lasting benefit to the world. It is hard to imagine working in an area of potential greater positive impact than working with the ARP team towards the goal of ending the disease of human aging.”
Articles by Dr. Matthew Aardsma
Why I Am Called to Work for ARP
Understandably, claims to understand the cause and the cure of human “old age” sound like they belong in a dusty volume of fairy tales. But if these claims are true, every human on the earth stands to benefit...
- Doctor of Philosophy in Animal Sciences, Purdue University, 2015-2019
- Master of Science in Animal Sciences, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2013-2015
- Bachelor of Science in Animal Sciences, high honors, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2009-2013
- Trushenski, J. T., M. P. Aardsma, K. J. Barry, J. D. Bowker, C. J. Jackson, M. Jakaitis, R. L. McClure, and A. N. Rombenso. 2018. Oxytetracycline does not cause growth promotion in finfish. J. Anim. Sci. 96:1667-1677.
- Johnson, J. S., M. P. Aardsma, A. W. Duttlinger, and K. R. Kpodo. 2018. Early life thermal stress: Impact on future thermotolerance, stress response, behavior, and intestinal morphology in piglets exposed to a heat stress challenge during simulated transport. J. Anim. Sci. 96:1640-1653.
- Aardsma, M. P., R. D. Mitchell, and C. M. Parsons. 2017. Relative metabolizable energy values for fats and oils in young broilers and adult roosters. Poult. Sci. 96:2320–2329.
- Aardsma, M. P., and C. M. Parsons. 2016. A slope-ratio precision-fed rooster assay for determination of relative metabolizable energy values for fats and oils. Poult. Sci. 96:108–117.
- Trushenski, J., and M. Aardsma. 2016. Different dietary lipid sources affect plasma lipid composition but not stress tolerance or growth of hybrid striped bass. N. Am. J. Aquac. 78:314–326.
- Knox, R. V., J. M. Ringwelski, K. A. McNamara, M. P. Aardsma, and M. Bojko. 2015. The effect of extender, method of thawing and duration of storage on in-vitro fertility measures of frozen-thawed boar sperm. Theriogenology 84:407-412
Presentations and abstracts
- M. P. Aardsma, M. A. Erasmus, J. S. Johnson. 2018. Measurement of core body temperature via implanted data loggers and development of an equation to predict core body temperature from facial surface temperature in market-weight broiler chickens. ASAS-CSAS Annual Meeting and Trade Show (Oral Presentation & Abstr.)
- Trushenski, J., M. P. Aardsma, K. J. Barry, J. D. Bowker, C. J. Jackson, A. N. Rombenso. 2017. Dispelling antibiotic drug use myths: Oxytetracycline dihydrate does not enhance fish growth performance. Aquaculture America (Abstr.)
- Aardsma, M. P., and C. M. Parsons. 2015. A slope-ratio precision-fed rooster assay for estimating relative metabolizable energy values for fats and oils. Poult. Sci. 94 (E-suppl. 1: (Oral Presentation & Abstr.).
- Merriman, L. A., M. P. Aardsma, C. L. Walk, and R. N. Dilger. 2013. Relative bioavailability of calcium in canola meal-based diets without and with phytase fed to broiler chicks. Poult. Sci. 92(Suppl. 1):(Abstr.).
- Merriman, L. A., M. P. Aardsma, C. L. Walk, and R. N. Dilger. 2013. Effects of the ratio of dietary calcium to available phosphorus on calcium requirements in broiler chicks. Poult. Sci. 92(Suppl. 1):(Abstr.).
Work and Volunteer Experience
- Clinical Research Scientist, Aardsma Research & Publishing, 2019-present
- Graduate Research & Teaching Assistant, Purdue University, 2015-2019
- Purdue Animal Sciences Graduate Committee Student Representative, 2016-2017
- Purdue Animal Sciences Graduate Student Association Vice-President, 2015-2016
- Intern at Southern Illinois University Center for Fisheries, Aquaculture, & Aquatic Sciences, June-Aug 2015
- Interim Animal Sciences Undergraduate Advisor, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Fall 2013
- Graduate Research Assistant, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2013-2015
- Undergraduate Research Assistant, Dr. Ryan Dilger Nutrition Laboratory, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2012-2013
Honors and Awards
- Deans List Spring Semester, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 2013
- Deans List Fall Semester, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 2012
- Deans List Spring Semester, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 2012
- PhD Student Oral Competition 1st Place Award, Canadian Society of Animal Science 2018
- Targeting Excellence Scholarship Award, Indiana Targeting Excellence 2018
- Bilsland Dissertation Fellowship Award, Purdue University 2018
- Alltech Student Research Manuscript Award, Poultry Science Association 2017
- Ross Fellowship Award, Purdue University 2015-2016
- Certificate of Excellence for Oral Presentation, Poultry Science Association 2015
- Jonathan Baldwin Turner Fellowship, UIUC Department of Animal Sciences 2013-2015