Researchers will investigate how diet influences a horse's gut bacteria (microbiome) and metabolism (metabolome) and impacts insulin, key information to understanding how to feed horses at risk for laminitis.
Researchers will investigate a new laboratory test to improve diagnosis of equine metabolic syndrome, a metabolic and hormonal disorder in horses.
Researchers will investigate the use of stress hormone levels as measures of stress and health of muskoxen.
Researchers will investigate the potential relation between the bacterial composition of the gut, known as the microbiome, and the development of equine metabolic syndrome in Shetland ponies.
As part of a larger research project (D17EQ-019), the research fellow will analyze metabolic products to help prioritize genetic regions of interest in the ongoing search for markers associated with an increased risk of equine metabolic syndrome in horses.