University of Florida

Dr. Antonio Faciola

Assistant Professor, Livestock Nutrition

Research Summary

The overall research goal of our laboratory is to further our understanding of ruminant nutrition to improve the efficiency of nutrient utilization in order to enhance animal production and minimize environmental impact of livestock operations. Our laboratory has broad interests, which include, but are not limited to:

  • Understanding the mechanisms that regulate feed intake;
  • Improving nutrient digestion, efficiency of nutrient utilization and conversion into milk and meat;
  • Improving microbial growth in the rumen and their contribution to the animal’s supply of nutrients (amino acids, fatty acids, vitamins, minerals, and volatile fatty acids);
  • Improving the utilization of commonly used feedstuffs, evaluating alternative ingredients and fine-tuning diet formulation, especially within the context of Florida’s agricultural realities;
  • Improving accuracy, precision, and reducing time and cost of laboratorial methodologies as well as evaluating new experimental techniques both in the lab as well as on the field.


  • Post-doctorate - ARS - USDA U.S. Dairy Forage Research Center
  • Post-doctorate - Cornell University
  • Ph.D. - University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • BS & MS - Federal University of Viçosa, Brazil

Academic Positions:

  • July 1 2017 - Present: Assistant Professor of Livestock Nutrition, University of Florida
  • June 2013 – June 2017: Assistant Professor of Animal Nutrition, University of Nevada


  • 2017 Early Career Innovator Award (University of Nevada)
  • 2016 Researcher of the Year Award (College of Agriculture, Biotechnology & Natural Resources, University of Nevada)
  • 2014 Outstanding Reviewer by Elsevier Publishing Company
    Journal of Dairy Science Editor’s Choice Article, August 2014. Article: J. Dairy Sci. 97:5088-5100. Made available for free access
  • Graduate Student Mentor Award. University of Wisconsin-Madison, Graduate School (2008)

Professional Memberships

  • American Dairy Science Association (ADSA)
  • American Society of Animal Science (ASAS)


  • Frontiers in Microbiology, section Systems Microbiology (Associate Editor)
  • Scientia Agricola (Associate Editor)



Antonio Faciola, Ph.D.
Livestock Nutrition

Mailing address:
L.E. "Red" Larson Building
Bldg. 499, Room 204 B
PO Box 110910
Gainesville, FL 32611-0910

Shipping address:
2250 Shealy Dr.
Gainesville, FL 32611


Phone: +1 (352) 273-1268
Fax: +1 (352-392-5595