Dr. Nick Serão began his career at Iowa State University in the Department of Animal Science on Thursday, March 9 as an Assistant Professor in Swine Genetics. He has a 55% research, 45% teaching appointment. Nick joins us from North Carolina State University (NCSU) where he worked in the Department of Animal Science as an Assistant Professor. There he studied the genetic response of livestock animals to major diseases, such as natural infection of PRRSV and/or PEDV on the reproductive performance of commercial sows, and fescue toxicosis in beef cattle. In addition, he worked on the evaluation of statistical methodologies for genomic prediction and for developing new phenotypes. While at NCSU, Nick taught animal breeding and genetic for undergraduate and graduate students.
Prior to that he worked in the Department of Animal Science at Iowa State University as a Post-Doctoral Research Associate. Under the mentorship of Dr. Jack Dekkers they researched the genetic bases of feed efficiency, and response to PRRSV in pigs.
Nick attained a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree from the Federal University of Viçosa in Brazil before attaining a Doctorate in Animal Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Nick is excited about the opportunity to work in swine genetics, something he is quite familiar with. His research will concentrate on genetic and genomic characterization of economically important traits in pigs, such as response to diseases and reproductive performance in sows and boars, as well as in the development and evaluation of statistical methods for genomic analyses. Nick is looking forward for all the great collaborations that he can be part of within and outside the Department of Animal Science at ISU. He is also looking forward to working with students: "Training students is the real motivation to our work as faculty members – they are the future of our society! Having the opportunity of playing an important role in their development by making them ready to help our industry and academic institutions is very gratifying”.