Meet the Faculty: Joe McFadden


Joe McFadden, assistant professor, Northeast Agribusiness and Feed Alliance Partners Sesquicentennial Fellow in Dairy Cattle Biology, animal science

Academic focus: My goal is to characterize the mechanisms that mediate the development of metabolic disease in cows and humans using mass spectrometry-based lipidomics. Our focus is to characterize the role of sphingolipids as associative and causative biomarkers of insulin resistance and hepatic steatosis.

Previous positions: assistant professor of biochemistry, West Virginia University, 2012-17; postdoctoral fellow in neuroscience, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine Center for Metabolism and Obesity Research, 2009-12

Academic background: B.S. animal science, Cornell, 2003; M.S. animal science, University of Illinois, 2005; PhD. In dairy science, Virginia Tech, 2009

Last book read: “The Grant Application Writer’s Workbook”

What do you do when not working?: I enjoy woodworking, hydroponic gardening, camping with family and skiing.

What gets you out of bed in the morning?: The opportunity to make novel scientific discoveries that can dramatically transform our understanding and eventually lead to innovative technologies that are developed to improve health.

Current research project?: We are exploring pharmacological and nutritional approaches aimed at modifying ceramide synthesis as a means of improving cow and human metabolic health.

Courses you’re most looking forward to teaching?: Mammalian energy metabolism

What most excites you about Cornell CALS?: The opportunity to work with faculty that share a common interest and for a dairy industry that demands innovation.

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