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Burim Ametaj N

Burim Ametaj N

Burim Ametaj N
Professor, Department of Food and Nutritional Science
University of Alberta, Canada


Dr. Ametaj’s background is in nutritional immunobiology. He graduated at Iowa State University in 1999. He has held three posdoctoral positions at Iowa State University, Purdue University, and Cornell University. He started working as an Assistant Professor at University of Alberta in 2004. Presently, Dr. Ametaj is an Associate Professor at the same university. Dr. Ametaj is a member of several scientific societies including American Dairy Science Association as well as Canadian and American Animal Science Associations. Dr. Ametaj is involved in teaching several undergraduate and graduate courses at University of Alberta including animal physiology and ruminant physiology and metabolic diseases.

Research Interest

He is involved in animal health research in several areas. One of his areas of interest is determining dairy cattle metabolome including plasma, milk, urine, and rumen fluid. High-through put technologies, involving NMR and GC-MS, have been used to identify and measure hundreds and thousands of metabolites present in different body fluids of cattle. Dr. Ametaj also is involved in research activities trying to understand the etiology and pathogenesis of transmissible spongiform encephalopathies in rodent models. His team has developed a new oral vaccine to prevent metabolic and infectious diseases in periparturient dairy cattle. He also has applied probiotics to lower the incidence of uterine infections. Recently, his team has developed a new grain processing technology to improve health and productivity of livestock animals.