University of Florida

Dr. Raluca Mateescu

Associate Professor

Research Summary

Dr. Raluca Mateescu does research in the area of beef cattle, sheep and goat molecular genetics. Most biological traits of economic importance in domestic animals have a complex inheritance (are influenced by many genes and the environment) and the long-term research goal is to unravel the genetic basis for the phenotypic variability in this type of trait. Her research is motivated by recent advances in the animal genomics field, which hold great promise for improving animal production efficiency and enhancing animal products for improved human health. Whether it is improving nutritional and health value of beef for better human health, improving resilience of sheep to environmental stressors, or increased milk production or ability to breed out-of-season in sheep, her research is directed at providing practical, industry applications. Her research contributes molecular genetics knowledge and tools, which can make a real impact in our understanding of gene regulation of biological functions, while keeping the research relevant to stakeholders and society at large.

Education:

2004, Ph.D. (Animal Breeding and Genetics, Minor in Biochemistry & Molecular and Cell Biology), Cornell University, Ithaca, NY

2001, M.S. (Animal Breeding and Genetics, Minor in Biochemistry & Molecular and Cell Biology), Cornell University, Ithaca, NY

1997, B.S. (Molecular Biology and Genetics), Bucharest University, Bucharest, Romania

Academic Positions Since Final Degree:

2014-current; Associate Professor of Quantitative Genetics and Genomics. Department of Animal Sciences, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL

2012-2014; Associate Professor of Animal Genomics. Department of Animal Sciences, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK

2006-2012; Assistant Professor of Animal Genomics. Department of Animal Sciences, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK

2004-2006; Postdoctoral Research Associate. College of Veterinary Medicine, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY

Professional Memberships

American Society of Animal Science
International Society for Animal Genetics
New York Academy of Sciences
North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture
Gamma Sigma Delta
Sigma Xi

Honors and Recognition

April 2002, New Teacher Award, Gamma Sigma Delta

July 2003, Recipient of National Wool Growers Memorial Fellowship

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PO Box 110910
Gainesville, FL 32611
Phone: 352-392-2367

2250 Shealy Dr.
Gainesville, FL 32611