Get to know our Animal Science faculty, staff and graduate students in our Spotlight feature.
This week, meet Sarah Moorey, Assistant Professor specializing in Reproductive Physiology and Genomics
What is the most exciting part of your job?
The most exciting part of my job is seeing results and progress! This may be from a student gaining confidence and knowledge, from learning the results of a research study, or from learning that we were awarded funding to help move our research forward.
Who inspires you?
My mom – I have no idea how she does everything she currently does and has done to keep our family farm running, help me have the opportunities I had as a kid, and help so many members of our family with just about everything. She’s selfless and honestly the most organized and “together” person I have ever met.
What is something you find challenging about your work?
Right now – keeping my head above water! I am very good at taking on A LOT at one time, and then trying to keep everything afloat. It’s a blessing and a curse.
When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
A “cow person.” Looking back, this “cow person” profession is a hybrid of an embryologist, cattle farmer, steer jock, and extension agent.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
Professionally – tenured in my current appointment. Personally – with family and cows. I hope that my husband (Josh) and I have purchased land, started a family, and been able to have my parents and cows move up from Alabama to Knoxville.
Do you have any hidden talents or hobbies?
Hobbies – I love to garden and work outside, explore with Josh and our dogs, and cook. Talents – In additional to repro work on cattle, I am pretty handy with a set of clippers!
What’s your favorite thing to do on the weekends?
Sleep and clean…and cook/adventure with Josh and the dogs
Which historical figure would you most like to meet?
I have absolutely no idea. Maybe Marie Curie?
What’s a skill you’d like to improve on?
Knowing when and how to stop adding extra opportunities and projects to my plate.
Are you an introvert or an extrovert?
My test results always say extrovert, but if you know me you probably think I am an introvert.
What’s your least favorite chore around the house?
Cleaning the bathroom
How would your friends describe you?
What piece of advice would you give your 18 year old self?
Everything is going to work out exactly like it should, at exactly the right time.