Alisa Herbst

Name: Alisa Herbst
From: Bitz, Germany
Degrees and institution where received: BSc in equine science and management, Nuertingen-Geislingen University, in Germany

It has always been Alisa Herbst’s dream to study at the University of Kentucky (UK) Gluck Equine Research Center.

“The PhD program at the Gluck Center is a unique opportunity for me, as I get to learn from world-renowned researchers and study in my main field of interest: equine immunology,” she said. “In addition, I’m provided with excellent advising, exceptional resources for my dissertation research, and I get to work with fantastic colleagues.”

Herbst is currently studying under Amanda Adams, PhD, associate professor at the Gluck Equine Research Center, and is working on improving the understanding of inflamm-aging (chronic low-grade inflammation) in aging horses. She is characterizing muscle mass loss and function in senior horses and exploring exercise as a measure to reduce inflamm-aging and reduce muscle mass loss and function in old equids. All of these projects are aimed at improving the understanding of the growing senior horse population’s needs.

When asked what her most valuable takeaway was from the program, Herbst said, “Research is a team effort and that’s what makes it so much fun.

“I have made great friends here at UK and planning and conducting studies with everyone in Adams’ lab has been a wonderful experience,” Herbst said.

Herbst plans to graduate in 2020. After graduation, she hopes to gain more research experience as a postdoctoral researcher, perhaps in the field of human medicine. Eventually, she would like to be involved in establishing Germany’s first veterinary science program.

Alexandra Harper, MBA, is the operations and communications coordinator for the UK Ag Equine Programs.

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