From: Grand Rapids, Michigan
Degrees and institute where received: B.S. in equine science from St. Mary of the Woods College, Indiana;
M.S. in animal science with a focus on equine nutrition from Michigan State University
Sarah Elzinga came to the University of Kentucky (UK) Gluck Equine Research Center to pursue her doctoral degree under Amanda Adams, PhD, an assistant research professor at the Gluck Center. Her research program combines the study of immunology, inflammation, and endocrinology with Elzinga’s existing nutrition background from her master’s degree.
For her doctoral program, Elzinga’s research project aims to gain further understanding of the metabolic and inflammatory factors associated with horses with metabolic dysfunction.
“The research allows for a better understanding of the mechanisms that may predispose the animal to the development of laminitis,” Elzinga said.
In her time as a doctoral student, Elzinga has also worked on projects determining inflammatory and immune responses to several factors, as well as work to better characterize horses with equine metabolic syndrome.
“My most valuable takeaway will be the gained knowledge in experimental design, procedure, the opportunity to work with industry partners, and overall experience,” Elzinga said.
After obtaining her PhD, Elzinga plans to pursue a career in academia.
Hannah Forte is a former communication intern with the UK Ag Equine Programs and Gluck Equine Research Center. She earned her bachelor’s degree in community and leadership development at UK in May 2016.