Warm Welcomes and Introductions for New Graduate Students

With the school year just beginning, we thought that we would take a second to introduce all of our new graduate students that will be studying within our department this year! Take a second to read about what they are studying, who their advisor is, and what each of them likes to do in their spare time when they aren’t committed to their research!

Mathia Colwell

Tia is a PhD student with Dr. Chris Faulk studying functional genomics and epigenetics! Besides drinking coffee and over using exclamation points in her emails, she is passionate about learning and teaching science, contributing towards Grand Challenges, inspiring others, and pipetting. Her dream is to help advance the field of biology and influence our future generations to make our world a better place.

Rielle Perttu

Rielle’s area of research is dairy cattle economics and welfare under the advisement of Kota Minegishi and Marcia Endres. In her free time she enjoys camping. Rielle just recently got back from a two week camping trip where she visited Yellowstone and Grand Tetons National Park for the Great American Eclipse. A year ago, Rielle and her fiancé purchased a house in Uptown so they like to take their dogs around Lake Calhoun or spend time in their backyard with their chickens. 

Amanda Reiter

Amanda is from northern Minnesota. She completed her Bachelors in Animal Science with an equine emphasis from the University of Minnesota in 2017. The following summer, she started the her master’s program with Drs. Krishona Martinson and Marcia Hathaway in Animal Science with an emphasis on Equine studies. She is fortunate enough to have diverse projects including examining the long-term effects of hay storage as well as exploring the mechanisms of equine muscle.

Claire Peichel

Claire is a first year master’s student studying under Anup Kollanoor Johny. She received her bachelor’s in Food Science at the University of Minnesota. Her focus of research is Food Safety and Microbiology in Poultry.

Allison VanDerWal

Allison grew up on a beef and crop farm in Southwest Minnesota where she fell in love with cattle and production agriculture. In May of 2017, she graduated from the University of Minnesota with a bachelor’s in Animal Science with an emphasis in beef production. Her current area of research is ruminant nutrition and her advisor is Dr. Alfredo DiCostanzo.

Shijina Raj Manjankattil Rajan

Shijina is a master’s student the Department of Animal Science. Her advisor is Dr. Anup Kollanoor Johny, and her major area of research is poultry microbiology. She has completed her undergraduate degree in Veterinary Science and Animal Husbandry in India.