Animal Science is fortunate to have dedicated and talented professional staff that assists our faculty in their research and programs. We would like to take the opportunity to let you get to know them. Today we will meet Sonia Moisa.
Who are the team of faculty you work with and what is the primary research areas performed by you in the lab?
I work with Dr. Jon Beever at the UTIA Genomics Center for the Advancement of Agriculture. Basically, I work in genomic testing programs in beef cattle samples (i.e., blood, semen, tissue, etc.) as a means of helping producers with their animal genetic selection and improving the consistency of progeny outcomes for desired performance characteristics.
What lead you to your research interest and what is your favorite procedure to do in the lab?
I have more than 10 years of experience in beef nutrigenomics. Now, at the center, I am interested in developing research focusing on beef muscle development using spatial gene expression analysis through single-cell RNA sequencing.
What is the best part of your job?
I like the constant opportunities that I have of learning new omics techniques while working in the lab. I also enjoy helping students with their research projects.
What is your favorite activity outside of lab/work that makes Friday a day to look forward to each week?
I like to spend my free time watching movies with my husband, working in the yard, walking our dog Rusty, or doing aquatic sports.