Thank you for your support of educational opportunities in animal agriculture. I truly believe that the education of farmers, researchers, and industry professionals will ensure the prosperity of this industry. I am very humbled to receive this honor. I look forward to continuing my education as a researcher and industry professional.
I am a doctoral graduate student in Dr. Heather White’s Lab. Dr. White’s research program focuses on hepatic carbon flux during the transition to lactation, specifically as it relates to gluconeogenesis, the TCA cycle, and the onset of metabolic disorders. Fatty liver and ketosis are metabolic diseases that affect most dairy herds, with sub-clinical ketosis being estimated to affect 40-60% of dairy cows in each herd. My specific focus includes regulation of hepatic proteins associated with lipid metabolism during the transition to lactation, and their association with accumulation in, or re-mobilization from, the liver. This fundamental research leads to better understanding of metabolic disorders, such as ketosis and fatty liver, in cattle and humans. I am part of the graduate fellowship program with Purina Animal Nutrition, with intentions to become a field dairy nutrition consultant. I think being involved in graduate research, and a doctoral program has helped me to develop technical knowledge, and critical thinking skills. The knowledge and skills I’ve gained are rooted in science with an eye on application to the field.