University of Florida

Graduate Students

Rocío Amorín
M.S.: Student.
B.S.: Bachelors degree in Biotechnology. ORT University. Montevideo, Uruguay.
Research area: Computational Biology and Genetics
Major Professor: Francisco Peñagaricano

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Jose A. Arce Cordero
Ph.D.: Student
M.S.: Colorado State University
B.S.: Universidad de Costa Rica
Research area: trace mineral nutrition in beef cattle
Major Professor: Dr. Antonio Faciola

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Usman Arshad
Ph.D.: AMCB Student
M.S.: Theriogenology from University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, Pakistan
B.S.: Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) from University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, Pak
Research Area: Dairy Reproduction-Nutrition Interactions
Major Professor: Dr. José Eduardo Santos

 

Alex Basso
M.S.: Student
B.S.: Stetson University
Research area: Masters Non-Thesis
Major Professor: Dr. Michael Fields

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Sarah L. Bennett
M.S.: Student
B.S.: Iowa State University, Animal Science
Research Area: Ruminant Nutrition
Major Professor: Dr. Antonio Faciola

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Luara Bertelli Canal
M.S.: Student
B.S.: Veterinary Medicine
Research area: Beef Cattle Reproduction
Major Professor: Dr. Nicolas DiLorenzo

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Katy Bissinger
M S.: Student
B.S.: University of Florida
Research: Equine
Major Professor: Dr. Lori Warren

 

Samantha Bohm
M.S.: Student
B.S.: University of Wisconsin River Falls
Research Area: Ruminant Physiology and Reproduction
Major Professor: Dr. Corwin Nelson

 

Juan Bollatti
M.S.: Student
B.S.: National University of Córdoba- Argentina
Research Area: Dairy Cattle Nutrition.
Major Professor: Dr. Charles Staples

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Bethany Dado-Senn
M.S.:  Student
B.S.: Dairy Science and Genetics, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Research area:  Lactation Biology and Mammary Physiology
Major Professor: Dr. Jimena Laporta

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Xiaoxia Dai
Ph.D.: Student
M.S.: Animal Nutrition- Wageningen University (Netherlands); Environmental Science- Aarhus University ( Denmark)
B.S.: Animal Science- Southwest University ( China)
Research area: Ruminants Nutrition- Ruminal Microbiology
Major Professor: Dr. Antonio Faciola

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Carla Dean Sanford
Ph.D.: Student
M.S.: Texas Tech University
B.S.: University of Georgia
Research area: Beef Cattle Reproduction
Major Professor: Dr. Nicolas DiLorenzo

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Mackenzie Dickson
Ph.D.: AMCB
M.S.: Iowa State University Animal Physiology
B.S.: Iowa State University Dairy Science
Research area: Reproductive Biology
Major Professor: Dr. John Bromfield

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Emmanuel Jean Claude Duvalsaint
M.S.: Student
B.S.: Agronomy (Agricultural production) Quisqueya University (Haïti)
Research area: Ruminant Nutrition
Major Professor: Drs. Adegbola Adesogan and Diwakar Vyas

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Eliab Estrada Cortés
Ph.D.: Student
M.S.: National University Autonomous of Mexico
B.S.: Autonomous University of Guerrero, Mexico
Research Area: Reproductive Biology
Major Professor: Dr. Peter J. Hansen

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Zaira Magdalena Estrada Reyes
Ph.D.: Student
M.S.: Autonomous University of Yucatan
B.S.: Polytechnic University of the State of Morelos
Research area: Identification of genetic markers of resistant sheep and goats infected with gastrointestinal parasites
Major Professor: Dr. Raluca Mateescu

 

Thiago F. Fabris
Ph.D.: Student
M.S.: University of Florida
B.S.: PUC-MG (Pontificia Universidade Catolica de Minas Gerais) - Brazil
Research area: Animal Science (Environment- Heat Stress)
Major Professor: Dr. Geoffrey Dahl

 

Peixin Fan
Ph.D.: Student
M.S.: China Agricultural University, Animal Science
B.S.: China Agricultural University, Animal Nutrition and Feed Science
Research area:  Animal Microbiology
Major Professor: Dr. K.C. Jeong

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Sena Field
M.S.: Current
B.S.: Animal Biology at the University of Florida
Research area: Lactation Physiology/Endocrinology
Major Professor: Dr. Jimena Laporta

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Amye Francis
M.S.: Student
B.S.: Animal Science-University of Florida
Research area: Gastrointestinal Microbiology
Major Professor: Dr. Timothy Hackmann

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Agustin Francisco
M.S.: Student
B.S.: Soil and Water Science, Specializing in Water Science
Research area: Equine Nutrient Management
Major Professor: Dr. Carissa Wickens

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Lorrayny Galoro da Silva
Ph.D.: Student
M.S.: Ruminant nutrition and production - State University of Maringa (Brazil)
B.S.: Animal Sciences - State University of Maringa (Brazil)
Research area: Ruminant Nutrition and Bovine Mammary Gland Inflammation Process
Major Professor: Dr. Antonio Faciola

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Mariana E. Garcia-Ascolani
Ph.D.: Student
M.S.: University of Florida
B.S.: Agricultural Engineer - Universidad Nacional de Asuncion (PY)
Research area: Ruminants Nutrition - Feed Additives
Major Professor: Dr. Nicolas DiLorenzo

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Weihong Gu
Ph.D.: student
M.S.: Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences (China)
B.S.: Hebei North University (China)
Research area: Swine Immunity
Major Professor: Dr. John Driver

 

Tayler Hansen
Ph.D.: Student
M.S.: University of Kentucky
B.S.: University of Florida
Research area: Equine Nutrition
Major Professor: Dr. Lori Warren

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Clarissa Harris
Ph.D.: Student
M.S.: Fort Valley State University
B.S.: Fort Valley State University
Research area: Meat Science/Food Safety
Major Professor: Dr. Sally K. Williams

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Heidi Hill
M.S.: student
B.S.: Animal Science (Oklahoma State University)
Research area: Reproductive Physiology
Major Professor: Dr. Michael Fields

 

Kelsey Horvath
Ph.D.: Student
M.S.: University of Edinburgh
B.S.: University of California, Davis
Research area: Animal Behavior
Major Professor: Dr. Emily Miller-Cushon

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Ali Husnain
Ph.D.: Student
M. Phil.: University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, Lahore-Pakistan
D.V.M.: College of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, Jhang-Pakistan
Research area: Dairy Reproduction
Major Professor: Dr. José Eduardo P. Santos

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Yun Jiang
Ph.D: Student
M.Sc.: University of Florida
B.S.: Nanjing Agricultural University
Research area: Ruminant Nutrition
Major Professor: Dr. Adegbola T. Adesogan

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Mercedes F. Kweh
Ph.D.: Student
M.S.: University of Florida
B.S.: University of Miami
Research Area: Bovine Vitamin D receptor
Major Professor: Dr. Corwin Nelson

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Taylor Langford
M.S.: Student
Research area: Extension/Food Safety/Meat Science
Major Professor: Dr. Jason Scheffler

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Joel D Leal Gutierrez
Ph.D.: Student
M.S.: National University of Colombia
B.S.: National University of Colombia
Research area: Animal Genetics
Major Professor: Dr. Raluca Mateescu

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Shinyoung Lee
Ph.D.: Student
M.S.: Kyunghee University
B.S.: Kyunghee University
Research area: Bioinformatics, Antimicrobial resistance
Major Professor: Dr. K. C. Jeong

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Bianca Libanori Artiaga
Ph.D.: Student
D.V.M.: Universidade Federal de Goiás - Brazil
M.S.: University of Florida
Research area: Swine Immunology
Major Professor: Dr. John Driver

 

Lihe Liu
M.S.: University of Florida
B.S.: Animal Sciences - Huazhong Agricultural University, China
Research area: Computational Biology
Major Professor: Dr. Francisco Peñagaricano

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Cody McCary
M.S.: Student
B.S.: Utah State University
Research area: Carbohydrates and Forage Quality
Major Professor: Dr. Luiz Ferraretto

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Courtney McCourt
Ph.D.: Student
B.S.: Dairy Science (University of Wisconsin-Madison)
Research area: Rumen Microbiology
Major Professor: Dr.Timothy J. Hackmann

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Darling Mélany de Carvalho Madrid
Ph.D.: Student
M.S.: Federal University of Goias
D.V.M.: Federal University of Goias
Research area: Swine Immunology
Major Professor: Dr. John Driver

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Marcela Marrero-Pérez
Ph.D.: Student
M.S.: University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez Campus
B.S.: University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez Campus
Research area: Mammary Gland Physiology
Major Professor: Dr. Jimena Laporta

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Gleise Medeiros Da Silva
Ph.D.: Student
M.Sc.: University of Florida
B.Sc.: Federal Rural University of Pernambuco. Recife, Brazil.
Research area: Beef Cattle Nutrition
Major Professor: Dr. Nicolas DiLorenzo

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Francine Messias Ciriaco Silva
Ph.D.: Student
M.Sc.: University of Florida
B.S.: São Paulo State University, Dracena, Brazil
Research area: Beef Cattle Nutrition
Major Professor: Dr. Nicolas DiLorenzo

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Paula Cristina Cardoso Molinari
Ph.D.: Student
B.S.: Veterinary Medicine (University of Sao Paulo)
Research Area: Reproductive Physiology
Major Professor: Dr. John J. Bromfield

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Hugo Fernando Monteiro
Ph.D.: Student
B.S.: State University of Maringa - Brazil
Research area: Dairy Cattle Nutrition
Major Professor: Dr. Antonio Faciola

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Virginia Lucia Neves Brandao
Ph.D.: Student
M.S.: Animal Science – Federal University of Vicosa (Brazil)
B.S.: Animal Science – Federal University of Vicosa (Brazil
Research area: Ruminant Nutrition
Major Professor: Dr. Antonio Faciola

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William Ortiz
M.S.: Student
B.S.: Southern Illinois University
Research area: Dairy Nutrition
Major Professor: Dr. Pete Hansen

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Adeoye Oyebade
Ph.D.: Student
M.S.: Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel
B.S.: Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, Nigeria
Research area: Ruminant Nutrition
Major Professor: Dr. Adegbola Adesogan, and
Dr. Vyas Diwakar

 

Hendyel Pacheco
M.S.: Student
B.S.: Federal University of Parana, Brazil
Research area: Dairy Cattle Genomics
Major Professor: Dr. Francisco Peñagaricano

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Pornpamol Pattamanont
Ph.D.: Student
M.Sc.: Ruminant Nutrition, Kasetsart University, Thailand
B.Sc.: Animal Sciences, Kasetsart University, Thailand
Research area: Dairy cattle management
Major Professor: Dr. Albert De Vries

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Laura Patterson Rosa
Ph.D.: Student
D.V.M.: Universidade Federal da Bahia (UFBA) - Brazil
Research area: Equine Genetics
Major Professor: Dr. Samantha Brooks

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Andres Alfredo Pech Cervantes
Ph.D.: Student
M.S.: Autonomous University of Yucatan Mexico
B.S.: Technological University of Conkal Mexico
Research area: Ruminant Nutrition Fibrolytic Enzymes to Enhance Dairy Production in Tropics
Major Professor: Dr. Adegbola Adesogan

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Ariane Pereira de Sousa
Ph.D: Student
D.V M.: Federal University of Bahia
Major Professor: Dr. Tracy Scheffler

 

Rachel Piersanti
Ph.D.: Student
D.V.M.: Federal University of Goias
Research area: Reproduction physiology in dairy cattle
Major Professor: Dr.John Bromfield

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Michael Poindexter
Ph.D.: Student
M.S.: University of Florida
B.S.: University of Arizona
Research area: Herd Health and Nutrition
Major Professor: Dr. Corwin Nelson

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Juliana Ranches
Ph.D.: Student
M.Sc.: University of Florida
B.S.: São Paulo State University, Botucatu, Brazil
Research area:Identification of differences in selenium and copper requirements and metabolism among Brahman (Bos indicus) and Angus (Bos taurus) cattle.
Major Professor: Dr. John D. Arthington

 

Jason Rizo
M.S.: AMCB Student
B.S.: Zamorano Agricultural University
Research area: Bovine Seminal Plasma, Endometrium Receptivity and Early Pregnancy.
Major Professor: Dr. John Bromfield

 

Eduardo Rodriguez
MS: Student
BS: Physics & Biology
Research area: Health value of beef
Major Professor: Dr. Raluca Mateescu

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Clayton Roland
M.S.: Student
B.S.: University of Nebraska,
Research Area: Meat Science
Major Professor: Dr. Chad Carr

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Catherine Roques
M.S.: Student
B.S.: Animal Science - University of Missouri - Columbia
B.A.: Psychology - University of Missouri - Columbia
Research Area: Equine genetics and equine behavior
Major Professor: Dr. Samantha Brooks

 

Lautaro Rostoll Cangiano          
M.S.: Student
B.S.: Universidad Nacional de Cordoba, Argentina
Research area: Ruminant Nutrition 
Major Professor: Dr. Nicolas DiLorenzo

 

Kaitlyn Sarlo
Ph.D.: Student
M.S.: Texas A&M University
B.S.: University of Florida
Research area: Animal Genetics
Major Professor: Dr. Raluca Mateescu

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Benjamin Saylor
Ph.D.: Student
M.S.: Kansas State University
B.S.: University of Arizona
Research area: Dairy Nutrition
Major Professor: Dr. Luiz Ferraretto

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Michael Schmitt
M.S.: Student
B.S.: University of Minnesota
Research area: Dairy Management and Economics
Major Professor: Dr. Albert De Vries

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Tessa Schulmeister
Ph.D.: Student
M.S.: University of Florida
B.S.: Northern Illinois University
Research area: Animal Nutrition
Major Professor: Dr. Nicolas DiLorenzo

 

Melissa Tench
M.S.: Student
B.S.: Animal Sciences with Equine Specialization and Business Management
Research area: Equine Nutrition
Major Professor: Dr. Lori Warren

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Lin Teng
Ph.D: Student
M.S.: University of Florida
B.S.: Huazhong Agricultural University
Research area: Microbiology and Bioinformatics
Major Professor: Dr. K. C. Jeong

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Caroline C. Vasco
Ph.D.:Student
M.S.:Federal Rural University of Pernambuco - Brazil
B.S.: Federal Rural University of Pernambuco - Brazil
Research area: Equine Nutrition and Behavior
Major Professor: Dr. Carissa Wickens

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Madison Vetter
M.S.: Student
B.S.: University of Florida
Research area: Masters Non-Thesis
Major Professor: Dr. Michael Fields

 

Achilles Vieira Neto
Ph.D.: Student
M.Sc.: University of Florida
D.V.M.: Santa Catarina State University, Brazil
Research area: Postpartum disease and their effect on reproductive performance of dairy cows
Major Professor: Dr. José Eduardo P. Santos

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James Vinyard
Ph.D: Student
M.S.: Ruminant Nutrition and Metabolism, University of Idaho, 2018
B.S.: Animal Sciences, Purdue University, 2016
Research area: Ruminant Nutrition
Major Professor: Dr. Antonio Faciola

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Eoné Willemse
M.S.: Student
B.S.: University of the Free State, South Africa
Research area: Equine Nutrition
Major Professor: Dr. Lori Warren

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Teri Williams
Ph.D: Student
M.S:. Fort Valley State University
B.S:. University of Georgia
Research Area: Ruminant Physiology and Nutrition
Major Professor: Dr. Corwin Nelson

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Felipe Xavier Amaro
M.S..: Student
Research area: Ruminant Nutrition
Major Professor: Dr. Diwakar Vyas

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Cheng Ye
Ph.D.: Student
B.S.: Huazhong Agriculture University
Research area: Type 1 diabetes
Dr. John Driver

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Brandy N Zagrocki
M.S.: Student
B.S.: University of Florida
Research area: Masters Non-thesis
Major Professor: Dr. Michael J. Fields

 

Roney Zimpel
Ph.D.: Student
M.S.: State University of West Parana
B.S.: Pontifical Catholic University of Parana
Research area: Animal Reproduction and Nutrition
Major Professor: Dr. José Eduardo P. Santos

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