COLLEGE STATION – Amanda Bradbery, an animal science graduate student at Texas A&M University, is a recipient of the 2017-2018 American Quarter Horse Association – Young Investigator Award from the American Quarter Horse Foundation and the American Quarter Horse Association.
The $19,850 grant is awarded to students to use towards project funding. Bradbery will be using the award to fund a portion of a larger study investigating the effects of maternal overnutrition on programming foal metabolism. Specifically, it will allow her to analyze the effects of maternal overnutrition on foal skeletal muscle development and insulin signaling for glucose uptake. This will provide further information into the predisposition of foals to metabolic diseases such as insulin resistance in adulthood.
Bradbery, of Chester, Va., is studying equine nutrition. She is seeking a doctorate in animal science under the direction of Dr. Carey Satterfield, associate professor of physiology of reproduction and Dr. Tryon Wickersham, associate professor of animal nutrition. Other committee members include Dr. Kathrin Dunlap, assistant professor of physiology of reproduction and Dr. Jessica Leatherwood, assistant professor of equine science. She received her bachelor’s degree from Virginia Tech in animal science in 2012 and received her master’s degree from Texas A&M University in 2014. Bradbery’s master’s research focused on nutritional mitigation of joint inflammation and cartilage metabolism through dietary CLA supplementation under Dr. Josie Coverdale.
After graduation, Bradbery plans to enter academia.
“I am passionate about animal nutrition, and enjoy the collaborative potential within the university setting. Equally, watching students grow in understanding of the animal science industry and discover a passion or career path is incredibly rewarding,” said Bradbery.
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