My current PhD work with Dr. John Cant involves investigating the effects of glucose on the regulation of mammary protein synthesis in lactating dairy cattle. Specifically, I am looking at how glucose elicits its' effects on two major protein synthesis pathways within the mammary gland: mammalian target of rapamycin (mTOR) and integrated stress response (ISR) network. Glucose has been shown to stimulate milk protein yields in dairy cattle; therefore, gaining further knowledge of the mechanisms behind this response is imperative to the ultimate vision of this research: formulation of lower protein dairy rations. This vision would not only be highly beneficial to the dairy producer, as feed costs would significantly decrease, but also to the cow, as nitrogen efficiency would be greatly improved. Also, this vision would help to reduce the environmental impact of the dairy industry in Canada, as higher nitrogen efficiency within the cow leads to less nitrogen waste into the environment. Once completing my degree, I have aspirations to secure a career in the Canadian dairy feed industry.