My scientific background is on beef nutrigenomics.
For my Ph.D., I twisted a little my focus to epigenetic regulation based on fetal programming studies in beef cattle.
In general, my specific research aims are to:
- Define potential markers for marbling deposition and growth efficiency in beef cattle.
- Determine epigenetic regulators that might inhibit or enhance muscle growth and adipose tissue deposition in beef cattle; and
- Characterize the administration of nutrients that might generate epigenetic changes (DNA methylation, acetylation, microRNAs) that will affect the transcriptome profile with noticeable phenotypic effects on beef carcass quality and/or animal performance.