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Research Interests

Dr. Urschel’s research program uses innovative isotopic and molecular techniques to study protein metabolism in horses, with two areas of focus: 1) characterizing the signaling pathways that regulate muscle mass in horses across the lifespan and 2) defining essential amino acid requirements in horses with the goal of optimizing protein and amino acid nutrition across the lifespan.

Courses Taught

Dr. Urschel's primary teaching responsibility is ASC 325, Animal Physiology, a course that she has taught since Fall 2009. This course is a required course for students in the Animal Science program, an emphasis area course for students in the Equine Science and Management program, an approved elective for students in the Natural Resources and Environmental Science and the Sustainable Agriculture and Community Food Systems programs. This course is also frequently taken by students in the Agricultural and Medical Biotechnology program. She currently teaches this course in person in the Fall and Spring semesters and asynchronously online in the Summer semester.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production

Education/Academic qualification

Post Doctoral Fellow, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech)


Post Doctoral Scholar, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech)


Doctor of Philosophy, University Of Alberta


Bachelor of Science, University Of Alberta



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