University of Florida

Dr. Francisco Peñagaricano

Assistant Professor, Genetics and Genomics

Research Summary

Dr. Peñagaricano is broadly interested in statistical and quantitative genetics and genomics. His research program focuses on the development and application of statistical and computational methods for the analysis of phenotypic and molecular data in livestock species. Current research topics include (1) genetic and genomic analysis of production, reproduction, and health traits in dairy cattle, (2) evaluation of the effects of maternal nutrition during pregnancy on the epigenome and transcriptome of the offspring, and (3) inference of causal gene-phenotype networks in multivariate genetic systems combining structural equation models and molecular information.


December 2014 - Ph.D. (Animal Science), University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison WI
May 2014 - M.S. (Statistics), University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison WI
August 2010 - M.S. (Animal Science), Universidad de la República, Montevideo Uruguay
May 2009 - B.S. (Biochemistry), Universidad de la República, Montevideo, Uruguay
May 2005 - B.S. (Biology), Universidad de la República, Montevideo, Uruguay

Academic Positions Since Final Degree:

February 2015-present: Assistant Professor, Department of Animal Sciences, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL

Professional Memberships

American Dairy Science Association
International Biometric Society
International Society of Animal Genetics




Francisco Peñagaricano, Ph.D.

PO Box 110910
Gainesville, FL 32611

2250 Shealy Dr.
Gainesville, FL 32611