Bruna Alves


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Bruna Alves, Ph.D., DVM

Assistant Professor

Department of Agriculture, Veterinary & Rangeland Sciences
University of Nevada/Mail Stop 202
1664 N. Virginia Street
Reno,  Nevada   89557

Office: (775) 784-1314
Email: brunaalves@cabnr.unr.edu
Building: Max Fleischmann Agriculture,  Office 232

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EDUCATION
D.V.M. Federal University of Minas Gerais, Belo Horizonte, Brazil, 2006
M.S. Federal University of Minas Gerais, Belo Horizonte, Brazil, 2008
Ph.D. Texas A&M University, 2014

ACADEMIC & RESEARCH INTEREST

My research interests are on reproductive physiology, neuroendocrinology and nutritional metabolism, with emphasis on large animal (cattle and sheep) models. I am currently focusing in understanding how the pubertal process can be influenced by the nutritional and endocrine scenarios experimented during the prenatal and early postnatal phases.

REPRESENTATIVE PUBLICATIONS

Journals
Allen, C. C., Tedeschi, L. O., Keisler, D. H., Cardoso, R. C., Alves, B. R. C., Amstalden, M., & Williams, G. L. 2017, Interaction of dietary energy source and body weight gain during the juvenile period on metabolic endocrine status and age at puberty in beef heifers., J Anim Sci, 95, 2080-2088.
Alves, B.R., Cardoso, R.C., Doan, R., Zhang, Y., Dindot, S.V., Williams, G.L. and Amstalden, M. 2017, Nutritional programming of accelerated puberty in heifers: alterations in DNA methylation in the arcuate nucleus., Biology Reproduction, 96, 174-184
Alves, B. R., Cardoso, R. C., Prezotto, L. D., Thorson, J. F., Bedenbaugh, M., Sharpton, S. M. Caraty, A., Keisler, D.H., Tedeschi, L.O., Williams, G.L., Amstalden, M. 2015, Elevated Body Weight Gain During the Juvenile Period Alters Neuropeptide Y-Gonadotropin-Releasing Hormone Circuitry in Prepubertal Heifers., Biol Reprod. 2015 Feb;92(2):46. 1-10; doi: 10.1095/biolreprod.
Cardoso, R.C., Alves, B.R., Sharpton SM, Williams GL, Amstalden M. 2015, Nutritional Programming of Accelerated Puberty in Heifers: Involvement of POMC Neurones in the Arcuate Nucleus., J Neuroend. (8):647-57. doi: 10.1111/jne.12291.
Cardoso, R. C., Alves, B. R., Prezotto, L. D., Thorson, J. F., Tedeschi, L. O., Keisler, D. H, Amstalden, M., Williams, G. L. 2014, Reciprocal changes in leptin and NPY during nutritional acceleration of puberty in heifers., J Endocrinol. 2014 Dec;223(3):289-98. doi: 10.1530/JOE-14-0504.
Cardoso, R. C., Alves, B. R. C., Prezotto, L. D., Thorson, J. F., Tedeschi, L. O., Keisler, D. H., Park, C.S., Amstalden, M., Williams, G. L. 2014, Use of a stair-step compensatory gain nutritional regimen to program the onset of puberty in beef heifers., J Anim Sci. 2014 Jul;92(7):2942-9. doi: 10.2527/jas.2014-7713.
Allen, C. C., Alves, B. R. C., Li, X., Tedeschi, L. O., Zhou, H., Paschal, J. C., Riggs, P.K., Braga-Neto, U.M., Keisler, D.H., Williams, G.L., Amstalden, M. 2012, Gene expression in the arcuate nucleus of heifers is affected by controlled intake of high- and low-concentrate diets., J Anim Sci. 2012 Jul;90(7):2222-32. doi: 10.2527/jas.2011-4684.