Agata McNew is a Doctoral Student in the Center for Translational Research in Aging & Longevity of the Department of Health & Kinesiology, Texas A&M University under supervision of Drs. Marielle Engelen and Nicolaas Deutz, MD. She studied Biotechnology at West Pomeranian University of Technology in Szczecin (ZUT), Poland, where she obtained her Master of Science in Engineering in 2010. The master thesis was focused on identification of quantitative trait loci (QTL) for reproductive performance of Sus scrofa domestica (domestic pig) and molecular analysis of candidate genes for those traits. When her maternal department merged with Department of Food and Nutrition, her research interest focused on human nutrition and health promotion. In 2011, she completed 3 semester post-diploma studies at ZUT and obtained nutrition specialist title.
In 2014, Agata was awarded a 4-month fellowship at CTRAL and came back to College Station to join the team as a Research Associate. She has coordinated several human clinical trials since then and started her doctoral program in January 2018. Her current research interest is focused on metabolic phenotyping in obesity and during weight loss as well as net anabolic response in populations with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) and Congestive Heart Failure (CHF). The metabolism fluxes are determined by utilization of stable isotopes methodology which has been a well-established method by Dr. Deutz center.