Fernanda Rosa MS, PhD
Assistant Professor of Immunology
Fernanda Rosa grew up in a small town in the South of Brazil and was first introduced to Animal Health Sciences during her bachelor's degree which led to her travel to US for an internship at the Mammalian NutriPhysioGenomics Lab at University of Illinois, her internship led to her MS in Animal Sciences from Oregon State University and her Ph.D. in Biological Sciences from South Dakota State University. Prior to her role in the school, she spent 2-years as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences with research appointment at the Arkansas Children's Research Institute.
Her teaching focuses on veterinary immunology and topics in nutritional immunology.
Overall research focus: Evaluate interactions between bioactive molecules present in neonatal diets and their effects in the immunity, metabolism, and overall health.
Specific research goals: a) Explore the relationship between diet and the host-microbiota using in vitro approaches and animal models, b) identify diet-associated molecular markers such as microRNAs involved in the post-transcriptional regulation of inflammatory response.
Long-term research goal: Provide novel insights for nutritional strategies to improve the response to infections early in life leading to optimal health.
She is involved in several organizations, including the Society for Experimental Biology and Medicine, the American Society for Nutrition, the Honor Society of Agriculture Gamma Sigma Delta, the American Dairy Science Association, and the American Society of Animal Science.
Dr. Rosa is also an ad hoc reviewer for many scientific journals including the Frontiers in Microbiology, Frontiers in Immunology, Gut Microbes, and Journal of Dairy Science.