UK Graduate Student Spotlight: Caroline Loos

Loos is studying muscle protein metabolism and how factors like exercise, diet, and disease impact muscle development.
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UK Graduate Student Spotlight: Caroline Loos
Caroline Loos is studying muscle protein metabolism in horses. | Photo Credit: University of Kentucky's College of Agriculture
Name: Caroline Loos
From: Schilde, Belgium
Degree and institute where received: Vives University, Belgium, BS, Animal Science;
Post-graduate certificate in animal rehabilitation in sports coaching

After completing an internship at KESMARC (Kentucky Equine Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation Center) and two-and-a-half years as a veterinary technician at Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital, in Lexington, Kentucky, Caroline Loos began looking for equine graduate programs.

“Having some of the top professors in the field of equine nutrition right here in Lexington, I was ecstatic to hear that Dr. Kristine Urschel (PhD, assistant professor in Animal and Food Sciences for the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment) had accepted me into her program,” Loos said.

Loos’ research focuses on muscle protein metabolism in horses, more specifically on how it is regulated and how factors like exercise, diet, medication, and disease can affect muscle development. Along with her own research projects, her diverse interests have also led her to opportunities to help with several studies involving treadmill exercise, working with metabolic horses, and collaborating with feed companies

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