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June 24, 2021
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Giovana Di Donato Catandi,

Colorado State University (USA)

How does mare age affect oocyte metabolic and developmental competence?

Giovana Di Donato Catandi is a PhD candidate in Biomedical Sciences at Colorado State University under Dr Elaine Carnevale. Giovana graduated as a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Sao Paulo, Brazil, in 2016. She worked as a research assistant at the University of Minnesota in 2017 under Dr Rafael Bisinotto, where her research focused on investigating the impact of hoof lesions on reproductive success in dairy cows. She joined the Colorado State University Equine Reproduction Lab in 2017 where she is currently researching how mare conditions, such as aging and obesity, affect oocyte metabolic function and developmental potential. She is also interested in investigating the potential of dietary supplementation in mitigating those effects and ultimately improving fertility outcomes of older and obese mares.

Katrien Smits, Ghent University (Belgium)

OPU-ICSI in the horse: An update

Katrien Smits is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine of the University of Ghent (Belgium). Katrien graduated as a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 2006 and completed her Ph.D. in 2010 on equine in vitro embryo production with emphasis on intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) at Ghent University. The focus of Katrien's postdoc is on unraveling embryo-maternal interactions and optimizing assisted biotechnology techniques in the horse. Among the achievements of Katrien's research: SMICSI, the first ICSI-foal in Belgium, and VICSI, the first foal resulting from ICSI of a vitrified immature oocyte. Katrien is the author of 40 peer-reviewed A1 publications and is the mentor of several masters and Ph.D. students.