LUBBOCK, Texas (PRESS RELEASE) — Here is a press release from Texas Tech University:
Thousands of miles away in southern Brazil, Fernanda Trindade da Rosa grew up in a small, thriving farming community. Little did she know then that her education would lead to training, degrees and a career in animal health.
She quickly understood the infinite possibilities of One Health that go beyond animal health. It was then that she narrowed her focus to explore new solutions that will benefit the health of animals, humans and ecosystems.
Her journey now takes her far from home to Amarillo; a community where agriculture also thrives. After years of honing her skills and knowledge, she brings her passion to Texas Tech University School of Veterinary Medicine at Amarillo (SVM) as an Assistant Professor of Immunology. She took office on January 3.
“’A goal without priority is impotent.’ This quote has been part of my life and I felt this energy during my first visit to TTU SVM,” said Fernanda Rosa. “I am delighted to be part of such a team where everyone’s priority is to have a positive impact on the student’s career path from day one. I am excited to see the outstanding future professionals who will graduate from this school in a few years, and I am grateful to be part of their journey.
Fernanda Rosa has an integrative background where she particularly enjoys researching nutrition, inflammation and molecular techniques, and has worked with many different species. His distinctive skill set is so applicable to the practice of One Health.
For Fernanda Rosa, Amarillo is the perfect place for her research because she looks forward to collaborating with other experts at Texas Tech University Health Science Center at Amarillo (TTUHSC). There are also plenty of livestock operations in the area that will allow him to really get started on discovering One Health solutions.
In addition to being an exceptional researcher, she has a burning desire to mentor students and pass on the knowledge she has acquired over the years. She brings the same level of energy to Texas Tech for teaching and training those with a passion for research and discovery.
“We’ve all heard so much about the importance of immunity over the past 2 years,” said Guy Loneragan, Dean of the School of Veterinary Medicine. “Dr. Rosa’s expertise in immunity and nutrition will pay off as she discovers ways to understand and improve ways to promote health and productivity, and fight disease. We We are thrilled that she has joined our school and our community here in Amarillo.
Fernanda Rosa began her career as an intern at the Mammalian NutriPhysioGenomics Laboratory at the University of Illinois. She was intrigued by how certain nutrients can play an important role in systemic infection, and that’s when she became fascinated with nutritional immunology.
However, it wasn’t until she earned her master’s and doctoral degrees that she began to interweave her training as an animal scientist with human health. This was the defining moment for her to start focusing her research on One Health.
Fernanda Rosa joins SVM after completing her postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Arkansas Nutritional Immunology Laboratory for Medical Sciences. There, she acquired a high quality training in One Health.
“Dr. Rosa’s work on gut microbial composition and immune response in infancy is critical in addressing the importance of nutrition and metabolism in infant development,” said Thu “Annelise” Nguyen, Dean research associate and professor of toxicology “She will develop a research program that will use animal models and in vitro experiments to study the biological mechanism involved in the diet-related effect on the immune system. We are delighted that she is developing this research program here at SVM.
She received her bachelor’s degree in animal science from the Federal University of Pelotas, Brazil, in 2014, and her master’s degree in animal science from Oregon State University in 2016. Three years later, she graduated from South Dakota State University with his doctorate in biological sciences. .
She is a member of the Society for Experimental Biology and Medicine, American Society for Nutrition, Honor Society of Agriculture Gamma Sigma Delta, American Dairy Science Association, and American Society of Animal Science.
Fernanda Rosa joins a growing and dynamic team of faculty and staff at SVM. The school welcomed its first class in August 2021, and it is excited to begin working with faculty and students to help them make new research discoveries that will benefit Texas, the nation, and the world.
About the School of Veterinary Medicine
Through the generosity of Amarillo and Texas communities and the commitment of legislators across the state, Texas Tech University School of Veterinary Medicine at Amarillo was established in 2018. In March 2021, the school was awarded the very important status of provisional. American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) Council on Education (COE) accreditation and welcomed its first cohort of students in August 2021.
The School of Veterinary Medicine recruits and selects students who are passionate about serving rural and regional communities. Its curriculum focuses on the skills and abilities needed to succeed in the types of practice that support these communities. Texas Tech University’s innovative and cost-effective model partners with the broader veterinary practice community across the state to provide clinical and real-world experiential learning.
(Texas Tech University press release)