Dr. Raluca Mateescu joined the faculty in the Department of Animal Science at University of Florida, after serving on the Animal Science faculty at Oklahoma State University for 7 years. She received a B.S. degree in Molecular Biology and Genetics from Bucharest University, Romania and received her M.S and Ph.D. in Animal Breeding and Genetics from Cornell University. As an Associate Professor of Quantitative Genetics & Genomics, 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.
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.
Area of Speciality; Genomic Discoveries
Dr. Mateescu has dedicated much of her time to incorporating the latest genomic discoveries in teaching, at both undergraduate and graduate level, to ensure that the student population is well prepared to become participants in the genetic revolution and informed users or consumers of biotechnology.
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Gainesville, FL 32611
- 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
- 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 Service and Awards
- 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
- April 2002, New Teacher Award, Gamma Sigma Delta
- July 2003, Recipient of National Wool Growers Memorial Fellowship