Jeremy R. Miles
Sow productivity has a major economic impact for the swine industry and is associated with the number of piglets weaned per sow and sow productive lifetime. Dr. Miles's primary research focus involves identifying strategies to increase the number of piglets weaned per sow. His research objectives concentrate on identifying and characterizing the microRNAomic, transcriptomic, proteomic, and metabolomic mechanisms that regulate the physiological processes associated with oogenesis (i.e., the development of the oocyte), early preimplantation embryonic development (e.g., blastocyst development, conceptus elongation, and implantation), uterine capacity, placental and fetal development, and pre- and post-natal piglet energy metabolism. This research exploits unique pig breeds as models to identify and characterize distinctive mechanisms for increasing the number of pigs weaned. A component of this research is the identification and collection of novel phenotypes that are predictive of these traits for use in genetic selection and genomic analysis.