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Sabrina Amorim

Ph.D. Student

I grew up in a small town in Brazil (Brusque, Santa Catarina), and I was always curious about how things work, and science. I choose to work in agriculture for many reasons, the major one is the role of my country in the global agricultural sphere. Animal Sciences was a major that linked the best of both worlds: understanding of systems and applied sciences, and I started my undergraduate degree in Animal Sciences in 2013 at Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina (UFSC, Florianópolis, Brazil).

I am an Animal Scientist with MSc in Genetics and Animal Breeding (UNESP, Jaboticabal, Brazil), and I am currently a Ph.D. Student in Gota Morota's Lab in the School of Animal Sciences at Virginia Tech.

My research interest includes quantitative genetics and image analyses of high-throughput phenotyping data. My overarching research interest is to understand the genotype-phenotype map in livestock species using bioinformatics, statistical genetics, and functional genomics. I’m interested in better understanding the genetic architecture of economically important traits and applying and developing statistical methods for prediction in the multi-omics era.