YOUNG SCIENTIST AWARD
Dr. Katie Wood, University of Guelph
Sponsored by the employees of Masterfeeds LLP, in memory of Shane Carson, Director of Nutrition
Dr. Katie M. Wood is an Assistant Professor in ruminant nutrition and physiology (beef and small ruminants) in the Department of Animal Biosciences at the University of Guelph. After completing an NSERC Post-Doctoral Fellowship focusing on gut health and barrier function at the University of Saskatchewan, Dr. Wood joined the faculty at University of Guelph in 2016 and has since secured over $4.5 million dollars in funding. Her research program integrates both basic and applied scientific approaches with the goal of improving feed efficiency in feedlot and cow/calf operations. Some of these approaches include: understanding molecular mechanisms influencing metabolism and cost of maintenance, novel feeding strategies and feed additives, improving gut health, and using management practices like developmental programming to improve animal growth, health, and feed efficiency. Dr. Wood has over 23 peer-reviewed publications and over 50 conference abstracts. In addition to a robust research program, Dr. Wood has a large teaching commitment, teaching ~400 undergraduates students per year, with excellent teaching reviews. She has completed 3 MSc thesis, 5-MSC coursework students, and 2 PDFs and her current graduate students include 6 MSc thesis and 2 PHd students. In addition to research and teaching activities, Dr. Wood is active on numerous industry advisory groups/boards and on the CSAS board of directors. Dr. Wood continues to keep one foot in the livestock industry, raising and marketing purebred Simmental cattle and Polled Dorset sheep.