Burim N Ametaj
Associate Professor, Department of Agricultural, Food & Nutritional Science
University of Alberta, Canada
Dr Ametaj’s background is in nutritional immunobiology He graduated at Iowa State University in 1999 He has held three posdoctoral positions at Iowa State University Purdue University and Cornell University He started working as an Assistant Professor at University of Alberta in 2004 Presently Dr Ametaj is an Associate Professor at the same university He is involved in animal health research in several areas One of his areas of interest is determining dairy cattle metabolome including plasma milk urine and rumen fluid Highthroughput technologies involving NMR and GCMS have been used to identify and measure hundreds and thousands of metabolites present in different body fluids of cattle Dr Ametaj also is involved in research activities trying to understand the etiology and pathogenesis of transmissible spongiform encephalopathies in rodent models His team has developed a new oral vaccine to prevent metabolic and infectious diseases in periparturient dairy cattle He also has applied probiotics to lower the incidence of uterine infections Recently his team has developed a new grain processing technology to improve health and productivity of livestock animals Dr Ametaj is involved in teaching several undergraduate and graduate courses at University of Alberta including animal physiology and ruminant physiology and metabolic diseases
Ruminant Nutritional Immunology, Dr. Ametaj’s research areas include: 1) studying the etiology and pathogenesis of transmissible spongiform encephalopathies; 2) determining dairy cattle metabolome in four major fluids (milk, plasma, urine, and rumen fluid), 2) developing a new vaccine for prevention of transition cow diseases, 3) using probiotics to prevent uterine infections and improve reproductive and productive performance of dairy cows; 4) studying cow’s health during transitioning from the conventional into the organic system of management; and 5) developing new cereal grain processing technologies to improve health and productivity of ruminant animals.