"When I was an undergraduate, I worked in a program called Agricultural Biotechnology, where we got to combine an interest in agriculture, large animals and livestock with some of the new biotechnology techniques that were just emerging into science at the time."
"That was a unique opportunity for me to start to combine my love of horses and my interest in cutting-edge science. That got me hooked, and today, I am very glad I made that decision to begin research in college. It's my life's work now."
In her lab, Dr. Brooks and team examine the DNA of over 30 horses housed at the UF/IFAS Horse Teaching Unit in Gainesville, FL, along with many others as they travel to competitions and shows throughout the state. They sequence the DNA samples, searching for genes which directly determine the pattern of the horses steps, also known as gait.
Juan Wiswell, IFAS