At Cornell I am pursuing a masters in Molecular Nutrition with minors in genomics and animal nutrition to expand upon my experiences in animal nutrition while at Clemson. I currently work under Dr. Marie Caudill investigating the effects of choline consumption in lactating women on choline, DHA and free amino acid supply for breastmilk. This research is a directly translatable project that will contribute to the formulation of dietary recommendations for lactating women in the United States.
I worked at Clemson University under Dr. Denzil Maurice in the area of poultry research as an undergraduate. While at Clemson I investigated environmental effects on the synthesis and recycling of ascorbic acid (vitamin C) metabolism in SCWLs (single comb white leghorns; principal egg laying breed) and broilers (meat chickens). My senior thesis project investigated the effect of hypothyroidism, (a common result of heat stress in the Southeastern United States), on ascorbic acid metabolism and subsquent performance.
While at Clemson I also worked on other studies headed by Dr. Maurice. These studies included: Effect of chondroiton sulfate supplementation on chemical induced arthritis; Efficacy of Noni fruit extract for boosting immune response in poultry; and nanophosphorus as a replacement for standard phosphorus in chicken rations. Several of our studies were performed under contract or with financial and logistical support from poultry and nutrition companies external to Clemson.
Additional research experiences at Clemson university include:
-Equine reproduction (Dr. Chris Mortensen)
-Ruminant nutrition (Dr. Tom Jenkins)
-Animal behavior (Dr. Peter Skewes)
-Employment at Clemson Charles Lee Morgan Poultry Research Center (4 yrs)