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I am an Instructor at the School of Animal Sciences. I teach the courses of ANSC 4048 Assisted Reproductive Techniques and Embryology Laboratory, ANSC 4055 Laboratory Techniques in Animal Science Research and ANSC 4090 Exotic Animal Reproduction and Conservation. I often instruct special topics courses as ANSC 7900 and ANSC 4900 and I supervise student research projects in ANSC 3900 and ANSC 7061.

During my graduate studies I obtained a master’s and doctoral degree that focused in Animal Reproductive Physiology and Biotechnology. My teaching, student supervising and research experience started since senior year of my undergraduate studies. During this time, part of my responsibilities included the planning of the weekly activities of junior students in the plant tissue culture laboratory. Following graduation of my undergraduate studies, I worked in a plant tissue culture laboratory as research and plant production supervisor. Part of my responsibilities were to assist in the planning and supervision of the research projects performed by interns and undergraduate students. After almost 3 years of work experience, I started graduate school. My master’s thesis involved the cryopreservation of Day-8 equine embryos. During my doctoral studies, my research project involved the evaluation of the effect of heat stress on the epigenetic profile of bovine oocytes and embryos.

During graduate school I had the opportunity to perform several research projects involving a wide variety of techniques and disciplines that involved reproduction physiology, molecular biology, epigenetics and assisted reproductive techniques. Following my graduate studies, I opened a business in Los Angeles County, California. The business provided the service of embryo cryopreservation of equine embryos collected on farm or shipped to our facilities. Because Academia has always been of my special interest, I returned to Louisiana State University in January 2020 and since then, I have been involved in the teaching and supervision of undergraduate/graduate students during courses and research projects. I define myself as an animal scientist with knowledge and experience in farm animal reproductive physiology, embryology, molecular biology and epigenetics. Research work specifically involved projects in reproductive physiology, artificial insemination, embryo transfer, embryo and oocyte cryopreservation, in vitro oocyte maturation, in vitro fertilization, embryo culture. Additionally, fluorescent immunohistochemistry, enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay, gene expression analysis and evaluation of DNA methylation in oocytes and embryos. I am specially interested in research projects with direct application in the commercial farm animal industry.

I have supervised and promoted the participation of students in the LSU Discover Day and in poster presentations at international scientific conferences. It is of my special interest to continue to be involved in the education and training of undergraduate and graduate students through teaching and research projects.