amilton de mello

Amilton de Mello

Associate Professor


Dr. de Mello's research focuses on positively impact meat industry operations, production costs, meat quality attributes, and animal welfare.

Current research topics include pre and post-harvest food safety interventions, effects of feeding different sources of energy on meat composition, shelf life stability, added value-fresh cuts, and effects of physiologic parameters on muscle-to-meat transformation.

Honors & Awards

  • University of Nevada, Reno - Early Career Innovator Award (2018)
  • Washoe County 4H Program - Friend of 4-H Service Award (2019)
  • University of Nevada, Reno - Cooperative Extension Outstanding Academic Faculty (2020)
  • American Meat Science Association - Achievement Award (2022)


  • USDA - State of Nevada HACCP Coordinator (2018- current)
  • USDA - National Advisory Committee on Meat and Poultry Inspection (NACMPI) - Advisor (2018-2020)
  • Nevada Food Safety Task Force (NFSTF) - Academia Chair (2015-2020)


D.V.M. University of Marilia, Veterinary Medicine, 2001
M.S., Sao Paulo State University, 2005
Ph.D., University of Nebraska, 2010


Publications are listed below.

Fact Sheets


Meat Science Lexicon


Meat and Muscle Biology 2(3)

Seman, D.L., Boler, D.D., Carr, C.D., Dikeman, M.E., Owens, C.M., Keeton, J.T., Pringle, T.D., Sindelar, J.J., Woerner, D.R., de Mello, A.S., Powell, T. M.

The American Meat Science Association became aware of the need to develop a lexicon for the standardization of various terms used in meat sciences that have been adopted by researchers in allied...