I am truly honored to have been selected as a recipient of this scholarship, and I want to thank Targeting Excellence Sponsors, Board, and Committees for investing in my education and the future of the industry. Your investment in students like me is not just financial, but it also serves as a source of motivation and encouragement. It has given me the confidence to continue pursuing my passion for animal sciences, knowing that I have your support.
I have always been passionate about addressing food insecurity and sustainability in agriculture, which is why I am pursuing a Ph.D. in Animal Sciences at Purdue University with a research focus on quantitative genetics and genomics. I am a 1st-year Ph.D. student in Dr. Brito’s lab. Our group works with multiple farm animal species aiming to enhance their economically important traits, thereby benefiting the producers.
My master’s research thesis was focused on finding genomic variations in important genes related to growth, reproduction, and production in livestock. I conducted research on sheep genetics and discovered specific variations in the Leptin gene that are linked to growth rates. Furthermore, I wrote an article for an agricultural magazine to share this information with farmers, so they can use it to choose the best breeding stock for their flock and improve their production. By choosing sheep with these genetic polymorphisms, farmers can raise animals with higher growth rates and better weight gain which will eventually increase their profitability. Through my coursework and previous research experience, I have gained a deep understanding of the complex challenges facing our food systems and the importance of interdisciplinary approaches needed to address them
My Ph.D. research aims to understand the physiological and behavioral mechanisms associated with heat tolerance in dairy cows and US sheep breeds, which are important for improving animal welfare and production efficiency, and ultimately supporting sustainable animal production systems. By improving the welfare and productivity of livestock, we can increase the availability of nutritious food for a growing population, while also reducing the environmental impact of animal production. Climate change is expected to severely affect global food production. Improving cattle and sheep heat tolerance can help to ensure a more stable and sustainable food supply and also reduce the environmental impact of animal production. My research in this field has the potential to make a real-world impact, and I am eager to use the available resources and opportunities to achieve this goal.
My ultimate career objective is to become a leading researcher in the field of animal production systems and food security, with a particular focus on animal breeding and genetics. Before coming to the US, I was serving as a faculty member (lecturer in animal breeding and genetics) at a public university in Pakistan. I am dedicated to contributing to the academic community through teaching and research.
To sum it up, I am confident that my passion combined with my background in animal and veterinary sciences, make me an ideal candidate for a career in this field. I am eager to pursue advanced training, do internships in the industry, and work with leading researchers and practitioners to achieve my career goals. Through my dedication to professional development, community engagement, and a commitment to sustainable practices, I am confident that I will make a meaningful and positive impact in the community.
Thank you for considering my application.