Juan Loor
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Juan J. Loor


I received a bachelor in Animal Science from the University of California, Davis, then moved to Virginia Tech for MS and PhD degrees to study aspects of lipid metabolism in ruminants. Since joining the faculty of the University of Illinois in Fall 2005, my research program has focused on nutritional and physiological genomics during lactation and growth. We rely heavily on in vitro cell and tissue culture and live animals as models to uncover regulatory mechanisms associated with nutrient effects on tissue development and function. Transcriptomics, metabolomics, and bioinformatics are some of the tools used in an effort to apply Systems Physiology.

2001 Outstanding Dissertation Award, Gamma Sigma Delta
2010 ACES Faculty Award for Excellence in Research
2012 Mead Johnson Award (American Society for Nutrition)
2012 NCSA/IACAT Fellowship (University of Illinois)
2014 Zoetis Animal Physiology Award (American Dairy Science Association)

Agricultural Science Genomics Metabolic Sciences Nutrition

Work details

Associate Professor of Animal Sciences

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
August 2005
Animal Sciences and Nutritional Sciences
My research program has remained focused on studying the roles of nutrients in coordinating tissue function during growth and lactation in livestock. We continue to rely on transcriptomics as a tool for discerning molecular signatures, i.e. the tissue-specific transcriptome, and the potential for nutrients (e.g. long-chain fatty acids, amino acids, vitamins/minerals) to alter tissue function in a way that will have a positive outcome on animal health, well-being, and productivity. To that end, we are paying particular emphasis on transcription regulators and specifically nuclear receptors such as PPAR. Future studies in the lab will be tailored to determine gene function for unique targets that have been uncovered via transcriptomics. Another important focus in my group is the development of bioinformatics tools/approaches that provide a more biologically-relevant evaluation of the transcriptome. We remain committed to using Systems Biology concepts/tools as a means to study whole-animal adaptations to nutrition and change in physiological state.

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