Postdoctoral Research Associate. 2017-present. Washington State University, Pullman, WA
• Metabolic flexibility and nutrient partitioning
o Training in basic science laboratory techniques including qRT-PCR, analysis of non-coding RNA, cell culture (hepatic, adipose, stem, and primary cells), and use of animal models to study human metabolic disorders and animal disease.
Graduate Research Assistant. 2011 – 2017. Iowa State University, Ames, IA
• Co-authored grant proposals, conducted research, and co-authored manuscripts in four areas:
• Prevention of oxidative off-flavors and spontaneous oxidation in milk from dairy cattle fed
o Provided and coordinated animal care, as well as ensuring the experimental quality and integrity of the feeding trial component of this project.
o Performed analysis of multiple measures of milk quality, including feed analysis, milk yield analysis, milk fatty acid analysis, rumen fluid VFA analysis, and rumen fluid protozoa quantification; interpreted these data.
• Milk composition and cheese quality: Investigating the impact of distillers dried grains with solubles (DDGS)
o Provided and coordinated animal care and animal sampling of Holstein dairy cows (blood, fecal, and urine).
o Performed laboratory analysis including fatty acid analysis (GC-FID) and analysis of volatile compounds in feed and milk (Headspace SPME-GC).
• Relationship of fat quality and eating quality traits of pork
o Performed analysis of cellularity (cell size and number) of adipose tissue by using Coulter counter.
o Statistically analyzed and interpreted a large dataset.
• microRNAs in milk: a novel nutraceutical
o Identified and quantified microRNAs present in dairy foods and the effects of processing on their stability.