Julia Guazzelli Pezzali
Position/Title: Ph.D. Student
Office: ANNU 229
I'm originally from Xanxere, a small town located in southern Brazil. My passion for animals led me to Veterinary School. In 2017, I earned my Degree of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) from Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul - Brazil - with a focus on animal nutrition. After completion of my DVM, I moved to the United States to purse my master’s degree at Kansas State University under the supervision of Dr. Greg Aldrich. My master’s research focused on the use different carbohydrate sources in dog diets. During my masters, I also had the opportunity to further my knowledge in pet food processing. I’m currently pursing my PhD at University of Guelph under the supervision of Dr. Anna-Kate Shoveller, where I will investigate the metabolism of sulfur amino acids (SAA) in cats. The main goals of my research are: 1) to measure the total SAA requirement in adult castrated male and spayed female cats using the indicator amino acid oxidation (IAAO) technique; 2) to measure the minimum methionine requirement and ability of cyst(e)ine to spare methionine in adult castrated male and spayed female cats using the IAAO; and 3) to understand how the ratio of dietary methionine to cysteine alter transmethylation, remethylation and transsulfuration and contribute to the synthesis of felinine.
In the future, I plan to pursue a career in the pet food industry developing new products that optimize not only processing conditions, but also animal nutrition and health.
In my spare time I like to read business books, listen to great music, and enjoy the most delicious food in the world: Brazilian barbeque!