Psychology, BS, 2014, University of Illinois, Urbana, IL
Description of Research: My research focuses on the incorporation of egg bioactives in the diet of pregnant mothers and how this affects long-term brain development and cognition of offspring using a piglet model. Currently, I am developing a behavioral task to measure recognition memory across the lifespan. More broadly, my interests lie in using a piglet model to better understand neurodevelopment and how altered nutrition affects learning and memory, stress, anxiety, and their neural substrates.
Molecular Genetics, BS, 2012, Ohio State University, Columbus, OH
Description of Research: My work focuses on the impact of perinatal nutrition on neurodevelopment. As such, I am involved in developing and refining magnetic resonance imaging techniques to be used as sensitive markers of neurodevelopment in the piglet model. Additionally, I am working on development of eyeblink conditioning, a novel associative learning paradigm for the piglet model.
Veterinary Science & Animal Husbandry, BS, 2012, Kerala Veterinary and Animal Sciences University Poultry Science, MS, 2016, University of Arkansas
Brooke Murphy Smith
Hometown: Midland, MI
Animal Science, BS, 2013, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI Veterinary Medical Scholars Program, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, DVM in-progress, Urbana, IL
Description of Research: Current research focuses on the interaction between nutrition and health of non-ruminants. Primarily, I will be investigating the effects of feeding soybeans and soybean isolates or products on the immunological response of post-weaning age piglets to Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome Virus (PRRSV).
Animal Science, BS, 2016, Iowa State University, Ames, IA
Hometown: Tuscola, IL
Animal Science, BS, 2014, University of Illinois, Urbana, IL
Description of Research: My research will focus on the cognitive and behavioral development of a nonruminant in the face of a micronutrient deficiency. The primary goal is to use the piglet as a comparable model to the early development of a human infant.