What is your background?
Born and raised on a beef farm in Brazil, my background in animal breeding and genetics was inspired by my early life experiences. I pursued a career in this field, gaining expertise in genetic and genomic analyses, and eventually completed a postdoctoral at the University of Guelph in Canada. During my fellowship, I managed a global database of feed efficiency and methane emission data, while also developing new methodologies to integrate novel traits into the Canadian dairy genetic evaluation system. After my fellowship, I worked as a geneticist at Fast Genetics, a swine breeding company, where I was responsible for developing and implementing methods to improve and maintain genetic progress in swine populations. My diverse experiences and strong educational foundation have equipped me with a deep understanding of sustainable animal production and the practical applications of animal breeding and genetics.
What are your personal responsibilities in your position?
In my position at PEAK, my main responsibilities include conducting genetic and genomic analyses, developing new methodologies, providing technical support and collaborating with PEAK Genetics and PEAK Production teams, developing tools for the PEAK Female Program, staying updated with academia and industry advancements, and training personnel.
Why did you choose PEAK?
The collaborative work environment, supportive management, and opportunities for personal and professional growth align well with my values and career goals. I believe that working at PEAK will allow me to make a positive impact on dairy production while continuing to develop my expertise alongside a talented team of professionals.
What motivates you to come to work each day?
I am driven by the challenge of solving complex problems and inspired by the potential to improve animal production. The collaborative and supportive work environment at PEAK fosters personal and professional growth, which fuels my passion for continuous learning and development in the field of animal breeding and genetics.
What is the most important thing to know about the PEAK R&D team and your role?
The most important thing to know about the PEAK R&D team and my role is that our collaboration between andrologists and geneticists plays a crucial part in developing innovative solutions that support the industry, and the environment, and drive genetic improvement in PEAK animals. Our joint efforts are focused on creating a more sustainable future in animal production, benefiting customers, consumers, and the planet. By enhancing the genetic potential of our animals, we aim to make a significant impact on the dairy and beef population, ensuring healthier and more productive livestock for future generations.
What are you most excited about in regard to the PEAK R&D team?
I am particularly excited about future projects within the PEAK R&D team that involve incorporating genomic information and developing tools to breed more sustainable and resilient animals, such as those that emit less enteric methane and are more efficient. Additionally, I am excited about the opportunity to collaborate in driving genetic improvement in PEAK animals.
What big question or challenge do you wish to solve in your career?
In my career, I aim to address the significant challenge of producing healthier and more sustainable animals through genetic improvement. Additionally, I am passionate about understanding the effects of structural variants on animal health, welfare, and productivity, while gaining a deeper understanding of their biological functions. By leveraging advanced genetic and genomic analyses, I aim to develop more targeted and effective breeding strategies, leading to the development of more resilient and sustainable livestock populations.
What do you enjoy outside of work?
Outside of work, I enjoy staying active through kickboxing, I’m a food enthusiast and love exploring new restaurants, enriching my mind with reading, and cherishing quality time spent with my family and friends. These activities help me maintain a balanced and fulfilling life.
If you could have one item in your fridge at all times, what would it be and why?
A combination of cheese and fruits. They make a perfect pairing, a versatile snack or light meal, suitable for any time of the day.
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