My research interests include the use of mathematical modeling and artificial intelligence to improve estimates of individual amino acid requirements of pigs and for early disease detection. I am also interested in using stable isotopes to study protein and energy metabolism in pigs in order to tailor diets to individual needs, minimize nutrient excretion, and allow greater use of alternative feeds in pig nutrition. Our current projects aim to understand the variability in lipid and protein deposition among pigs raised in similar conditions. Additionally we research how enzymes used as an alternative to antibiotics have different effects on different pigs. The last will help to better tailor individual solutions to avoid the use of antibiotics in pigs and to improve their robustness.
Our precision feeding projects focus on solutions to decrease pig carbon footprint through nutritional strategies. All these projects are developed in collaboration with Dr. C. Pomar.
Current research and/or projects
2020 – 2023 Meta-analysis on the efficiency of utilization of the different synthetic sources of methionine
2020 – 2024 Effect of the enzyme Lysozyme on pigs during the growing and weaning phase
2020 – 2024 Moving from precision feeding to precision nutrition by feeding pigs for optimal body weight gain and carcass leanness at minimal feeding costs and maximal nutrient efficiency
2018 – present Precision feeding to maximize nutrient efficiency and reduce environmental pollution using modelling to better predict amino acids requirements by considering individual variability.
2015 – present The ideal protein profile for growing-finishing pigs in precision feeding systems: threonine
Education and awards
2015 – 2018 Ph.D. in Animal Science, Université Laval (Québec, QC) dual-degree with Universidade Estadual Paulista (UNESP, Jaboticabal, SP, Brazil);
2013 – 2015 Master in Animal Science, UNESP (Jaboticabal, SP, Brazil);
2007 – 2012 Bacharelor in Animal Science, Universidade Federal de Santa Maria (UFSM, Santa Maria, RS, Brazil), majoring in nutrition and production of non-ruminants;
2004 – 2007 Technical degree in agriculture, Escola Agrotécnica Federal de Sertão (EAFS, Sertão, RS, Brazil), specialization in animal science.
Awards and Recognitions
2017 Student selected for the Evonik Student Seminar, organized and founded by Evonik North America (South Carolina, USA).
2017 Canadian Society for Animal Science (CSAS) Award - Travel Grant for Graduate Students at ASAS-CSAS Congress (Baltimore, USA).
2017 Canadian Society for the Study of Science (CSAS) Award - Third place at the CSAS Oral Student Graduate Competition at the ASAS-CSAS Congress (Baltimore, USA).
2017 Animal Nutrition Association of Canada (ANAC) Award - Second place in the Graduate poster competition in the 2017 Animal Nutrition Conference of Canada (ANCC)
Fellowships and Salary Subventions
2020 - 2024 PRP Salary subvention by Elanco North America, Ajinomoto Eurolysine, and Adisseo France;
2016 Doctoral Scholarship FAPESP* – internship abroad;
2015 – 2018 Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences Distinction Scholarships (3 received);
2015 – 2018 Université Laval Tuition Waiver Grant for Foreign Students ;
2015 – 2018 Doctoral Scholarship FAPESP*;
2015 Doctoral Scholarship Science without borders (competitive; approval rate: 18%) ;
2015 Doctoral Scholarship CNPq – first place in the overall ranking of all the students selected for the PhD in Animal Science 2015 at the FCAV - UNESP;
2014 Master Scholarship FAPESP – internship abroad ;
2013 – 2015 Master Scholarship FAPESP* (competitive);
2013 CNPq Master's Scholarship - First place in the overall ranking of all students selected for the Master in Animal Science 2013 at FCAV - UNESP;
2012 Technical Scholarship FAPESP;
International experience and/or work
Member of the organizing committee
2016 1st International meeting in advances in Animal Science, UNESP, Jaboticabal, Brazil.
2011 Chair, II Symposium in pet nutrition, UFSM, Santa Maria, Brazil.
2010 Workshop on rescue dog training, UFSM, Santa Maria, Brazil.
2009 VI Academic Week of Animal Science, Universidade do Estado de Santa Catarina, Chapecó, Brazil.
Remus, A., Peres, F.M., Hauschild, L., Andretta, I., Kipper, M., de Paula Gobi, J., Pomar, C. (2015). Exploratory study on the utilization of different dietary methionine sources and methionine to lysine ratio for growing-finishing pigs, 181 96-102. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.livsci.2015.10.0062015 - View publication details