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MaNu Team

The Mathematical Nutrition Modeling Lab, is composed of passionate and dedicated individuals with the common goal of bettering, improving, and sustainably expanding agricultural operations--specifically related to livestock production.

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Mozart Fonseca, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Beef Cattle and Applied Modelling for the University of Nevada, Reno. I hold a B.Eng. in Agronomy Engineering, M.S. and Ph.D. in Animal Science, Ruminant Nutrition and Management, with a focus on Statistical Modeling, and my postdoctoral tenure was in Structure-based Modelling and Mathematical Nutrition Modeling. His research is focused on understanding the role of nutrient requirements and the quantitative dynamics of digestion as well as tissue deposition within animal’s body.

Our Team

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Arturo Macias Franco

B.Sc. in Veterinary Sciences and B.Sc. in Agricultural Sciences, University of Nevada, Reno
M.Sc. in Animal and Rangeland Sciences, University of Nevada, Reno


M.Sc-Current. Statistics and Data Science, University of Nevada, Reno.
Ph.D-Current. Animal and Rangeland Sciences, University of Nevada, Reno.
 
His research currently focuses in the adoption of technologies applicable to production systems to increase efficiency, profitability, and sustainability of agricultural operations. His work is integrated through mathematical and statistical models.

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Aghata Silva

B.Sc. in Animal Science and Zoology, Federal University of Pernambuco (UFRPE), Brazil
International Visiting Scholar at the University of Wisconsin, River Falls, USA.
Master's Degree student in Nutrition and Production of Ruminants by the Federal University of Vicosa, Brazil.

Ph.D-Current. Animal and Rangeland Sciences, University of Nevada-Reno.
 
Her research focuses on understanding how animal diets can influence the composition of growth, water intake and the molecular mechanisms regulating water intake, metabolic profile, and miRNA profile in blood and adipose tissues.

Former Students

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Karin Van den Broek

B.Sc. in Veterinary Sciences, Federal University of Uberlandia, MG, Brazil.
M.Sc. Animal and Rangeland Science
 
In 2017 Karin joined the MANU lab for her short term exchange program to work with the development and implementation of in vitro gas production systems and modulation of ruminal fermentation.

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Lucien Bissi da Freiria

B.Sc. in Animal Science, Northern Mato Grosso State University, MT, Brazil
M.Sc. in Animal Science, Federal University of Mato Grosso, MT, Brazil
PhD in Animal Science, Federal University of Mato Grosso, Brazil in partnership with the University of Nevada, Reno.
 
His research focuses on the Corn processing and particle size on supplementation of grazing cattle.

Current Position: Lucien is currently a Professor of beef cattle nutrition and production at the Federal Institute of Rondonia, Brazil.


 

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Felipe Henrique de Moura

B.Sc. in Animal Science, Federal University of Viçosa
Master's Degree student in Nutrition and Production of Ruminants by the Federal University of Vicosa, Brazil, in partnership with the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR).
Ph.D in Animal and Rangeland Sciences, University of Nevada Reno.

His research focuses on the Oscillation of supplementation frequency for primiparous beef cows, and in nutrient density variations in reproductive traits and metabolomic influences on beef semen.

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Gabriel Moreira
B.Sc. in Animal Science, Federal University of Lavras, Brazil
Master's Degree student in Nutrition and Production of Ruminants by the Federal University of Lavras, Brazil.
Ph.D in Animal Science, Federal University of Lavras, Brazil in partnership with the University of Nevada, Reno.

His research focuses on the effects of pregnancy on quantitative aspects of nutrition, physiology and metabolism of beef heifers.

Current position: Gabriel currently holds a postdoctoral research position at the State University  of Sao Paulo (UNESP), Brazil.