Dr. Rachel Pilla

Rachel obtained her DVM in at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (Brazil) in 2008, and her PhD at the University of Milan (Italy) in 2013. Before joining Texas A&M University, she was a postdoctoral fellow at the Bernhard-Nocht Institut in Hamburg, Germany. Rachel joined the GI lab in 2017 as a Postdoctoral Research Associate, and in 2019 as a Research Assistant Professor. Her research at the GI lab focuses on the characterization of intestinal microbiota and its metabolites in animal models with spontaneously occurring gastrointestinal diseases, and how the populations and metabolic pathways altered during such conditions may be used as diagnostic and/or prognostic tools, and potentially as therapeutic targets.