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Animal Science faculty and staff consist of strong leadership focused on undergraduate curriculum, improved facilities, expanded livestock and facility resources, recruitment of the best graduate students and stakeholder input and support. Choose a section under People to view our directory.


People

Faculty

Adesogan

Adegbola T. Adesogan

Director, Feed The Future Innovation Lab for Livestock Systems
Professor of Ruminant Nutrition

adesogan@ufl.edu

BIO

Dr. Adesogan is a Professor of Ruminant Nutrition in the Department of Animal Sciences at the University of Florida. He teaches the graduate Principles of Forage Evaluation and Advanced Methods in Nutrition Technology courses.

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John Arthington

Professor and Chair

jarth@ufl.edu

BIO

John Arthington, a veteran cattle scientist who most recently has served as the director of the Range Cattle Research and Education Center, has been appointed as chair of the UF/IFAS animal sciences department.

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Fernanda Batistel

Assistant Professor

fernandabatistel@ufl.edu

BIO

The overall goal of Dr. Batistel’s research program is to develop effective strategies for feeding ruminant animals, allowing for efficient production, and mitigating environmental impact. 

Mario Binelli

Assistant Professor of Reproductive Physiology

mario.binelli@ufl.edu

BIO

The overall goal of Dr. Binelli’s program is to maximize the proportion of beef cows pregnant at the end of the breeding season with particular focus on Bos indicus-based cattle operations.

John Bromfield

Associate Professor of Reproductive Biology

jbromfield@ufl.edu

BIO

Dr. Bromfield's laboratory focuses on infection and immunity in the female reproductive tract, in particular we have a specific interest in uterine infection in dairy cows. Approximately 40% of all dairy cows acquire a uterine infection following calving resulting in pain, infertility and reduced milk production.

Samantha Brooks

Samantha Brooks

Associate Professor — Equine Physiology

samantha.brooks@ufl.edu

BIO

Dr. Samantha Brooks became interested in equine research and obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural Biotechnology. She remained at the University of Kentucky to study at the Gluck Equine Research Center. While there she earned her Ph.D. in Veterinary Science, specializing in Equine Genetics.

Justin Callaham 

Lecturer

callaham@ufl.edu

BIO

Justin Callaham teaches the ANS 3319C Reproductive Physiology & Endocrinology Lab, and the ANS 4231 Equine Practicums: Horse Grooming and Care, Foaling, Breeding Management, and Weanling Management.

Capua

Ilaria Capua

Preeminent Professor & Director of the One Health Center of Excellence for Research and Training

icapua@ufl.edu

BIO

Dr. Capua has recently dedicated herself to bringing about an interdisciplinary effort in maintaining and enhancing the One Health concept here at the University of Florida. After focusing much of her academic and professional careers to animal health and research into zoonotic diseases,

Carr

Chad Carr

State Meat Extension Specialist, Associate Professor

chadcarr@ufl.edu

BIO

Chad Carr grew up in Bethpage, TN, 30 miles north of Nashville on a diversified livestock operation which included purebred Hampshire hogs and commercial beef cattle production. Chad received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Animal Science at Oklahoma State University and his Ph.D. in Animal Science at the University of Missouri

Dahl

Geoffrey Dahl

Professor — Harriet B. Weeks Professor

gdahl@ufl.edu

BIO

Dr. Dahl conducts applied and basic research with direct impact on animal production and health. Specifically, his program focuses on understanding the physiological impact of management interventions, notably photoperiod and heat stress abatement, at various stages of the lactation cycle, in an attempt to optimize cow health and performance.

Albert De Vries

Albert De Vries

Professor of Dairy Managment Systems and
Undergraduate Coordinator

devries@ufl.edu

BIO

Dr. De Vries teaches 2 undergraduate dairy courses and is involved in Dairy Challenge and the U.S. Dairy Education and Training Consortium. His research interests are in optimization of culling and replacement strategies, statistical process control, economics of reproduction and genetics, and precision dairy farming.

Brad Daigneault

Assistant Professor of Reproductive Biology

b.daigneault@ufl.edu

BIO

Dr. Daigneault conducts research to identify reasons for infertility in livestock and humans. His research addresses embryo origins of pregnancy failure with an emphasis on paternal contributions and gene-environment interactions that alter sperm function and embryo development.

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Nicolas DiLorenzo

Professor of Beef Cattle Nutrition

ndilorenzo@ufl.edu

BIO

Dr. Nicolas DiLorenzo received his degree in Agricultural Engineering from the Universidad Nacional de La Plata, Argentina. He moved to the U.S. to pursue graduate studies at the University of Minnesota, where he obtained his Master degree and his PhD in  Animal Science with emphasis in beef cattle nutrition.

Faciola

Antonio Faciola

Associate Professor of Livestock Nutrition

afaciola@ufl.edu

BIO

The overall research goal of Dr. Faciola's 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.

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Angela M. Gonella D.

Assistant Professor

a.gonelladiaza@ufl.edu

BIO

Dr. Angela M. Gonella D. recieved her M.S. in Reproductive Physiology from the National University of Colombia and her Ph.D. from the University of Sao Paulo. Her research has been focused in beef cattle reproduction. 

Hansen

Peter J. Hansen

Distinguished Professor & L.E. Red Larson Professor

pjhansen@ufl.edu

BIO

Dr. Hansen is a distinguished professor in the Department of Animal Sciences. His formal education was at the University of Illinois and University of Wisconsin. He received postdoctoral training in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the University of Florida.

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Arie Hendrik Havelaar

Professor of Microbial Risk Assessment and Epidemiology of Foodborne Diseases

ariehavelaar@ufl.edu

BIO

Arie Havelaar was trained as a microbiologist and epidemiologist in the Netherlands and has worked at the Dutch National Institute for Public Health and the Environment as principal scientist in the Centre for Infectious Disease Control.

Amy Imler

Amie Imler

Lecturer

amie.taylor@ufl.edu

BIO

Amie Imler's teaching Responsibilities: Introduction to Animal Sciences and Introduction to Animal Sciences Laboratory, Careers in the Livestock Industry, Coordinator for Full-time Work Experience in Animal Sciences, Connecting with CALS, Undergraduate Advising of Pre-professional, Food Animal and Equine-oriented students

Jeong

Kwang Cheol (K.C.) Jeong

Associate Professor

kcjeong@ufl.edu

BIO

In March of 2011, Dr. Kwang Cheol Jeong joined the faculty of the University of Florida as an assistant professor with a joint appointment in the Department of Animal Sciences and the Emerging Pathogens Institute.

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Raluca Mateescu

Professor of Quantitative Genetics and Genomics

raluca@ufl.edu

BIO

As a Professor of Quantitative Genetics & Genomics, Raluca Mateescu's research is motivated by recent advances in the animal genomics field, which hold great promise for improving animal production efficiency and enhancing animal products for improved human health.

Mcquagge

Joel McQuagge

Instructor in Equine Behavior and Management

mcquagge@ufl.edu

BIO

Joel McQuaggle is the Faculty Supervisor of the UF Horse Teaching Unit and Equine Science Center, Extension: Area of Speciality; Youth and Adult Programing on a Variety of Equine Topics, Teaching: Area of Speciality; Horsemanship, Horse Psychology and Training.

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Kyle Mendes

Lecturer, Meat Science

kmendes15@ufl.edu

BIO

Kyle grew up in Modesto California raising swine, cattle, sheep, and chickens on his family farm. He was highly involved with the collegiate meat and livestock judging through his time at Modesto Junior College and Fresno State University where he received his Bachelor's degree in Agricultural Education.  

Emily Miller Cushon

Emily K. Miller-Cushon

Associate Professor of Behavior and Welfare

emillerc@ufl.edu

BIO

Dr. Miller-Cushon conducts research and teaching in the areas of animal behavior and animal welfare. In general, her research investigates the relationships between management, behavior, and welfare of farm animals.

Moriel

Philipe Moriel

Associate Professor of Beef Cattle Nutrition

pmoriel@ufl.edu

BIO

Develops multi-disciplinary, statewide, producer-driven extension programs to increase cow-calf profitability in tropical and subtropical environments.

Nelson

Corwin D. Nelson

Associate Professor

cdnelson@ufl.edu

BIO

Dr. Nelson holds research and teaching appointments in the Department of Animal Sciences. He specializes in vitamin nutrition and physiology of cattle. Much of his research focuses on the role of vitamin D in immunity as it applies to the health and productivity of cattle. His teaching interests include sustainable cattle systems, physiology, vitamins, and endocrinology.

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Pascal (Toni) Oltenacu

Professor

oltenacu@ufl.edu

BIO

Dr. Toni Oltenacu is a professor in the Department of Animal Sciences at University of Florida and Professor Emeritus in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Cornell University. For forty years, he has been active in teaching, research and outreach programs. He has taught courses in animal breeding, animal production, equine and canine genetics, decision analysis, risk analysis and systems analysis.

Fernanda M. Rezende

Assistant Professor, Statistical Genetics and Genomics

frezende@ufl.edu

BIO

Dr. Rezende's research focuses on the application of statistical analysis methods for phenotypic and genomic data to predict genetic merit or yet-to-be observed phenotypes, and to dissect the genetic architecture of economically relevant traits in livestock.

Santos

José Eduardo P. Santos

Professor

jepsantos@ufl.edu

BIO

Dr. José E.P. Santos is a Professor in the Department of Animal Sciences at the University of Florida where he conducts research and extension in dairy cattle nutrition and reproduction.

Scheffler

Jason M. Scheffler

Assistant Professor of Research

jmscheff@ufl.edu

BIO

Dr. Jason M. Scheffler was recently hired as a Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Animal Sciences. He conducts both applied and basic research with impact on animal growth efficiency and meat quality.

Tracy Scheffler

Tracy L. Scheffler

Assistant Professor-Muscle Biology

tscheffler@ufl.edu

BIO

The goal of Dr. Scheffler’s research is to optimize muscle growth, composition, and meat quality. In particular, she is interested in how muscle metabolic phenotype and signaling pathways influence nutrient partitioning and growth of skeletal muscle, and their relation to whole body metabolism and health.

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Saundra TenBroeck

Associate Professor

sht@ufl.edu

BIO

Dr. TenBroeck has served UF/IFAS as a Department of Animal Sciences faculty member since the fall 1985. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Animal Science from Clemson University and her M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in reproductive physiology from Texas A&M.

Thrift

Todd Thrift

Beef Cattle Management

tathrift@ufl.edu
Phone: (352) 392-8597
Phone: (352) 392-8597 Fax: (352) 392-7652

BIO

Dr. Todd Thrift received his B.S at the University of Kentucky in Animal Science, an M.S. at Oklahoma State University in Ruminant Nutrition, and a Ph.D. at Texas A&M University in Physiology of Reproduction. Dr. Thrift has been with the University of Florida’s Department of Animal Science in a 70% teaching, 30% extension position in Beef Cattle Management.

Vyas

Diwakar Vyas

Assistant Professor

diwakarvyas@ufl.edu

BIO

The goal of Dr. Vyas’s research program is to optimize nutritional management for improving animal health, production efficiency, environmental sustainability, and profitability of ruminant production systems with emphasis on dairy cows and small ruminants.

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Lori Warren

Equine Nutritionist

lkwarren@ufl.edu
Phone: (352) 392-1957

BIO

Dr. Warren directs the equine nutrition program at the UF. Her research evaluates the effects of nutrition on immune function, athletic performance, and reproduction in horses. She also works on identifying management and nutrition solutions that will minimize the environmental impact of manure on water quality.

Wickens

Carissa Wickens

Associate Professor

cwickens@ufl.edu

BIO

Dr. Wickens serves as State Horse Specialist conducting adult equine extension programs and developing educational resources for equine owners. She conducts applied research in horse behavior and welfare, equine nutrition, and management.

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Feng Yue

Assistant Professor of Animal Physiology

fengyue@ufl.edu 

BIO

Dr. Yue’s research focuses on the cellular and molecular mechanisms that govern the fate choices of muscle and fat stem cells to identify strategies that improve skeletal muscle growth and development benefiting both agricultural animal productions and human health.

Emeritus Faculty

The title of emeritus is conferred by colleagues for meritorious service prior to retirement. The Department of Animal Sciences wishes to acknowledge the faculty members who have attained the ongoing privilege in academic convocations. Click on the individual names to send an email.

Arrington, Lewis
Professor - Emeritus

Bachman, Kermit C.
Associate Professor - Emeritus

Badinga, Lokenga
Associate Professor - Emeritus

Carpenter, James
Professor - Emeritus

Combs, George
Professor - Emeritus

Elzo, Mauricio A.
Professor - Emeritus

Eubanks, Larry
Professor - Emeritus

Feaster, John
Professor - Emeritus

Fields, Michael J.
Professor - Emeritus
Phone: (352) 538-6292

Hembry, Glen
Professor - Emeritus

Johnson, Dwain
Professor - Emeritus

Johnson, Ed
Associate Professor - Emeritus

Lieb, Sandi
Associate Professor - Emeritus

Mather, F Ben
Associate Professor - Emeritus

McDowell, Lee
Professor - Emeritus
Phone: (352) 392-7561

Moore, John E.
Professor - Emeritus

Myer, Robert O.
Professor - Emeritus

Natzke, Roger P.
Professor - Emeritus

Sand, Bob
Lecturer - Emeritus

Sharp, Daniel C, III
Professor - Emeritus

Thatcher, William W.
Graduate Research Professor - Emeritus
Phone: (352) 338-1820

Van Horn, Harold
Professor - Emeritus

Wallace, Harold
Professor - Emeritus

Wasdin, Jerry
Faculty - Emeritus

Webb, Dan
Professor - Emeritus

West, Roger
Professor - Emeritus

Wilson, Henry
Professor - Emeritus

Williams, Sally
Associate Professor - Emeritus

Wilson, Henry
Professor - Emeritus

Staff

Academic Support Services

Renee Parks-James

Graduate Advisor
(352) 392-5615

Alexis Strickland-Tilton

Primary Undergraduate Advisor
(352) 392-9739

Savannah Linzmaier

Undergraduate Advisor
(352) 392-2455

Karen F. Webb

Academic Department Receptionist
(352) 392-2186


Administrative Office

Audy Spell

Operations Manager
Phone: (352) 294-1059

Shelby Thomas

Communications and Engagement Manager
Phone: (352) 392-1916

Pam Krueger

Administrative Assistant to the Department Chair
(352) 294-6981

Joshua Cook

IT Professional 
(352) 392-2791

Chemon Velazquez

Audio/Visual Specialist
(352) 392-7563


Business Office

Tracy Cawley

Accounting Specialist 
Phone: (352) 392-7526

Jasmine Corbit

Administrative Support Assistant 
Phone: (352) 392-5289

Hal Courson

Human Resources Generalist
Phone: (352) 392-2366

Matti Moyer

Program Assistant
(352) 392-3889

Debra W. Nagy

Office Assistant
Phone: (352) 294-6999

Staci Sanders

Business Office Manager
Phone: (352) 392-8838


Unit Managers

Angela Chandler

Horse Teaching Unit and Equine Sciences Center Manager 
Phone: (352) 376-0562

Byron Davis

Meats Lab Manager
Phone: (352) 392-1921

Danny Driver

Farm Manager, Beef Research Unit
Phone: (386) 462-0589

Charles Nelson

Farm Manager, Santa Fe Beef Research Unit
Phone: (352) 339-5543

Jesse Savell

Research Administration Manager, Beef Programs
Phone: (352) 494-3397

Clay Whitehead

Swine and Sheep Unit Manager
Phone: (904) 796-0441

Eric Williams

Dairy Unit Manager 
Phone: (386) 462-1016

Extension

Beef DairyEquineMeat | Youth | Small Ruminant - Sheep and Goats

Beef

John Arthington

Beef Cattle Management
Phone: (863) 735-1314
Fax: (863) 735-1930

Range Cattle REC- Ona
3401 Experiment Station
Ona, FL 33865

Mario Binelli

Assistant Professor of Physiology
Phone: (352) 392-7560

Department of Animal Sciences
Bldg 499, Shealy Drive, Room 122C
PO Box 110910
Gainesville, FL 32611

Nicolas DiLorenzo

Beef Cattle Specialist
Phone: (850) 394-9124
Extension 107
Fax: (850) 482-9917

Department of Animal Sciences
North Florida Research and Education Center
3925 Highway 71
Marianna, FL 32446
Faculty Page

Angela M. Gonella D.

Beef Cattle Reproduction Specialist
Phone: (850) 526-1612
Fax: (352) 846-6617

Department of Animal Sciences
North Florida Research and Education Center
3925 Highway 71
Marianna, FL 32446
Faculty Page

Philipe Moriel

Beef Cattle Nutrition Specialist
Phone: (863) 735-1314, ext 208

Range Cattle Research and Education Center
Web page (RCREC)

 

Todd Thrift

Beef Cattle Management
Phone: (352) 392-8597
Fax: (352) 392-7851

Department of Animal Sciences
Bldg 459 Shealy Drive
PO Box 110910
Gainesville, FL 32611
Faculty Page

Dairy

Albert De Vries

Economics
Phone: (352) 294-6983

Department of Animal Sciences
Bldg 499, Shealy Drive
PO Box 110910
Gainesville, FL 32611
Faculty Page
Personal page

Colleen Larson

Regional Dairy Extension Agent, South Florida
Phone: (863) 763-6469

Okeechobee Extension Office
458 Highway 98 North
Okeechobee, FL 34972

Francisco Peñagaricano

Genetics
Phone: (352) 294-6988

Department of Animal Sciences
Bldg 499, 2250 Shealy Drive
PO Box 110910
Gainesville, FL 32611
Faculty Page

Jose Eduardo Santos

Dairy Nutritionist
Phone: (352) 294-6998

Department of Animal Sciences
Bldg 499 Shealy Drive
PO Box 110910
Gainesville, FL 32611
Faculty Page

Izabella Toledo

Regional Dairy Extension Agent, North Central Florida
Phone: (352) 294-6987

Department of Animal Sciences
Bldg 499 Shealy Drive
PO Box 110910
Gainesville, FL 32611

Equine

Saundra TenBroeck

Equine Extension Specialist
Phone: (352) 392-2789
Fax: (352) 392-9059

Department of Animal Sciences
Bldg 459 Shealy Drive
PO Box 110910
Gainesville, FL 32611
Faculty Page

Carissa Wickens

Equine Extension Specialist
Phone: (352) 392-1917

Department of Animal Sciences
Bldg 459 Shealy Drive
PO Box 110910
Gainesville, FL 32611
Faculty Page

Joel McQuagge

Instructor
Phone: (352) 392-6363


PO Box 110910
Gainesville, FL 32611 

2250 Shealy Dr.
Gainesville, FL 32611
Faculty Page

Wendy DeVito

Support Staff 
Phone: (352) 392-1912

PO Box 110910
Gainesville, FL 32611
2250 Shealy Dr.
Gainesville, FL 32611  

Meat

Chad Carr

Meat Science Extension
Phone: (352) 392-2454
Fax: (352) 392-7851

Department of Animal Sciences
Bldg 459, Shealy Drive
PO Box 110910
Gainesville, FL 32611
Faculty Page

Jason M. Scheffler

Assistant Professor
Phone: (352) 392-9155

Department of Animal Sciences
Bldg 459 Shealy Drive
PO Box 110910
Gainesville, FL 32611
Faculty Page

Tracy L. Scheffler

Assistant Professor
Phone: (352)392-7529

Department of Animal Sciences
Bldg 459 Shealy Drive
PO Box 110910
Gainesville, FL 32611
Faculty Page

Sally Williams

Associate Professor
Phone: (352) 392-2993

Department of Animal Sciences
Bldg 459 Shealy Drive
PO Box 110910
Gainesville, FL 32611
Faculty Page

Small Ruminant - Sheep and Goats

Izabella Toledo

Regional Dairy Extension Agent, North Central Florida, Ph.D.
Phone: (386) 294-1279

Lafayette County Extension Office
176 SW Comm Cir Ste D
Mayo, FL 32066-1901


Youth

Wendy DeVito

Academic Program Specialist II, M.S.
Phone: (352) 392-1912

Department of Animal Sciences
Bldg 459 Shealy Drive
PO Box 110910
Gainesville, FL 32611  

Allyson Trimble

Academic Program Specialist II
Phone: (352) 846-3151
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Department of Animal Sciences
Bldg 459 Shealy Drive
Room 224D
PO Box 110910
Gainesville, FL 32611

Students

Temitope Mayowa Adeoti
PhD: AMCB Student 
M.S.: University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Nigeria - Animal Sciences
B.S.: Ladoke Akintola University, Ogbomoso, Nigeria - Animal Production and Health Technology
Research area: Dairy Reproduction-Nutrition interactions
Major Professor: Dr. José Eduardo Santos

 

Gabrielle Allen
M.S.: Student
B.S.: University of Florida 
Research area: Meat Science/Food Safety 
Major Professor: Dr. Jason Scheffler 

Gabrielle Allen 

Felipe Alves Correa Carvalho da Silva
PhD: Student
M.S.: North Dakota State University
B.S.: Sao Paulo State University - Jaboticabal
Research area: Reproductive Physiology
Major Professor: Dr. Mario Binelli

Felipe de silva 

Thiago Fernandes Amaral
Ph.D: AMCB Student
M.S: Animal Reproduction, Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG)
B.S.: Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG)
Research area: Reproductive Biology
Major Professor: Dr. Peter J. Hansen

Thiago Fernandes Amaral 

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

 

Aneesa Bahman
MS: Animal Sciences
BS: University of Florida
Research:  Ruminant Nutrition
Major Professor: Dr. Antonio Faciola

 

Jessica Bonney
Ph.D.: Student
M.S.: University of Bristol - Global Wildlife Health and Conservation 
B.S.: University of Plymouth - Animal Behavior and Welfare 
Research area: Animal Behavior and Welfare
Major Professor: Dr. Emily Miller-Cushon

 

Meghan P. Campbell
MS: Animal Sciences
BS: Florida A&M University 
Research: Reproductive Physiology 
Major Professor: Dr. Mario Binelli 

Meghan Campbell 

Derick Cantarelli Rosler
Ph.D.: Student
M.S.: Federal University of Santa Marie
B.S.: Federal University of Pelotas
Research area: Ruminant Nutrition
Major Professor: Dr. Fernanda Batistel

Derick Rosler 

Leticia Casarotto Trevisan
M.S.: Student
B.S.: Animal Science at Sao Paulo State University (UNESP)
Research area: Lactation Physiology
Major Professor: Dr. Geoffrey Dahl

Leticia Casarotto Trevisan

Julia Ciosek
M.S.: Student
B.S.: University of Florida - Animal Sciences
Research area: Equine Genetics
Major Professor: Dr. Samantha Brooks

 

Camila José Cuéllar Del Cid
M.S.: AMCB Student
B.S.: Zamorano University
Research area: Reproductive Biology
Major Professor: Dr. Peter Hansen

 

Wilmer Cuervo
Ph.D.: AMCB Student
M.S.: Michigan State University
M.S.: Universidad Nacional de Colombia
B.S.: Universidad Nacional de Colombia
Research area: Ruminant Nutrition
Major Professor: Dr. Nicolas DiLorenzo

 

Federico Cunha
Ph.D.: AMCB Student
D.V.M.: University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine
M.S.: Veterinary Medical Sciences, University of Florida
B.S.: Animal Sciences, University of Florida
Research area: Animal Microbiology
Major Professor: Dr. Klibs Galvao and Dr. Mary Brown

Frederico Cunha 

Daniel Martins de Oliveira
Ph.D.: Student
M.S.: University of Lavras (UFLA) - Animal Sciences
B.S.: Federal University of Goias (UFG)
Research area: Ruminant Nutrition
Major Professor: Dr. Fernanda Batistel

Daniel Martins de Oliveira 

Samantha Doyle
M.S: Student
B.S.: University of Connecticut
Research area: Animal Behavior
Major Professor: Dr. Emily Miller-Cushon

Samantha Doyle 

Samia Farooq
Ph.D.: Student
M.S.: University of Veterinary Pakistan
B.S.: University of Veterinary Pakistan 
Research Area: Animal Nutrition
Major Professor: Dr. Diwakar Vyas

Samia Farooq 

Andres Gerardo Fernandez Lehmann
M.S.: Student
Research Area: Ruminant nutrition 
Major Professor: Dr. Nicolas Dilorenzo 

Andres Gerardo Fernandez Lehmann 

Ignacio Fernandez Marenchino
M.S.: Student
B.S.: Agricultural Engineering
Research Area: Animal Nutrition
Major Professor: Dr. Nicolas DiLorenzo

 

Michael Fioretto
M.S.: Student
B.S.: University of Florida
Research area: Meat Science
Major Professor: Dr. Chad Carr

Michael Fioretto 

Chloe Gingerich
M.S.: Student
B.S.: University of Florida
Research area: Muscle Biology
Major Professor: Dr. Tracy Scheffler

Chloe Gingerich 

Kaitlin Gingerich
Ph.D.: Student
M.S.: University of Florida
B.S.: University of Florida
Research area: Animal behavior and welfare
Major Professor: Dr. Miller-Cushon

Kaitlin Gingerich 

McKenzie Lane Haimon
Ph.D.: AMCB Student
M.S.: North Carolina State University
B.S.: North Carolina State University
Research area: Reproductive Biology
Major Professor: Dr. Peter J. Hansen

 

Daniella Cristin Heredia Castaneda
Ph.D.: Student
M.S: Animal Science University of Florida
B.S.: Animal Science at Universidad de La Salle
Research area: Beef Cattle Reproduction
Major Professor: Dr. Angela Gonella

Daniella Heredia

Aakilah S. Hernandez
M.S.: Student
B.S.: University of Florida
Research area: Animal Genetics
Major Professor: Dr. Raluca Mateescu

Aakilah S. Hernandez 

Quinn Hoorn
M.S.: AMCB Student
B.S.: University of Florida
Research area: Reproductive Biology
Major Professor: Dr. Peter Hansen

 

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

Ali Husnain

Kelsey M. Irvine
B.S.: Jacksonville University
M.S.: University of Florida
Research Area: Equine Science/Youth Development
Major Professor: Dr. Carissa Wickens

Kelsey Irvine

Mikayla L. Johnson
M.S.: Student
B.S.: Tuskegee University
Research area: Ruminant Nutrition
Major Professor: Dr. Antonio Faciola

Mikayla Johnson 

Kamryn Joyce
M.S.: Student
B.S.: University of Georgia
Research area: Reproductive Biology
Major Professor: Dr. Angela Gonella-Diaza

 

Lais de Oliveira Lima
Ph.D.: Student
M.S.: Sao Paulo State University
B.S.: Sao Paulo State University
Research area: Ruminant Nutrition
Major Professor: Dr. Diwakar Vyas

Lais de Oliveira Lima

Peter LaMonica
M.S.: Student - Non-Thesis
Research area: Equine Nutrition
Major Professor: Dr. Lori Warren

 

Emily Lindner
M.S.:  Student
B.S.:  University of Florida
Research area:  Behavior and Welfare
Major Professor:  Dr. Emily Miller-Cushon

 

Huijia Liu
M.S.: AMCB Student
B.S.: University of Florida
Research area: Bioinformatics, Antimicrobial resistance
Major Professor: Dr. K.C. Jeong

Huija Liu 

Ting Liu
Ph.D.: Student
M.S.: China Agricultural University, Animal Nutrition and Feed Science
B.S.: Hunan Agricultural University, Animal Science
Research area: Bioinformatics, Antimicrobial resistance
Major Professor: Dr. K.C. Jeong

 Ting Liu 

Richard Roberto Lobo
Ph.D.: Student
M.S.: University of São Paulo
B.S.: São Paulo State University
Research area: Ruminant Nutrition and Molecular Biology of the Rumen
Major Professor: ​ Dr. Antonio Faciola

Richard Roberto Lobo 

Szu-Wei Ma
M.S.: Student
B.S.: Animal Science at National Chung Hsing University (NCHU)
Research area: Ruminant Nutrition
Major Professor: Dr. Antonio Faciola

Szu-Wei Ma 

Gabriela Alejandra Macay Hernandez
M.S.: Student
B.S.: Zamorano University
Research area: Reproductive Biology
Major Professor: Dr. John J Bromfield

Gabriela Alejandra Macay Hernandez 

Daniel Onan Martinez Cabrera
Ph.D.: Student
Research area: Heat stress on dairy cattle
Major Professor: Dr. Geoffrey Dahl

Daniel Martinez 

Adeel Manzoor
Ph.D.: Student
M.S.: University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, Pakistan
D.V.M.: University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, Pakistan
Research area: Meat Science/Food Safety
Major Professor: Dr. Jason Scheffler

Adeel Manzoor 

Maura McGraw
M.S.: AMCB Student
B.S.: University of Maryland, College Park 
Research area: Reproductive Biology and Gene Editing
Major Professor: Dr. Brad Daigneault

 

Juan de Jesus Vargas Martinez
Ph.D.: Student
M.Sc.: Universidad Nacional de Colombia
B.Sc.: Universidad Nacional de Colombia
Research area: Ruminant Nutrition
Major Professor: Dr. Nicolas DiLorenzo

 

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

Paula Cristina Cardoso Molinari

Mariana Nehme Marinho
Ph.D.: Student
M.S.: University of Florida
B.S.: Federal University of Uberlândia, Brazil
Research area: Dairy Cattle Feed Efficiency
Major Professor: Dr. Jose Eduardo P. Santos and Dr. Fransisco Peñagaricano

Mariana Morinho 

Andrea Nicole Nunez Andrade
M.S.: Student
B.S.: Agronomy at Zamorano University
Research area: Genetics
Major Professor: Dr. Raluca Matesscu 

Andrea Nicole Nunez Andrade 

Carlos Nino de Guzman Cerna
M.S:  Student
B.S.:  National Agrarian University La Molina
Research area:  Ruminant Nutrition  
Major Professor:  Dr. Diwakar Vyas

Carlos Nino De Guzman Cerna 

Alyssa Ohmstede
M.S.: Student
B.S.: University of Florida - Animal Sciences
Research area: Equine Nutrition
Major Professor:​ Dr. Lori K. Warren

Alyssa Ohmstede 

Phillip M. G. Peixoto
Ph.D.: AMCB Student
M.S.: University of Illinois
B.S.: Universidade Federal de Goiás, Brazil
Research area: Dairy Cattle Reproduction
Major Professor: Dr. Rafael Bisinotto

 
M.S.: Student
B.S.: Mississippi State University
Research area: Ruminant Nutrition
Major Professor: Dr. Diwakar Vyas
Benjamin Po 
Ph.D.: Student
M.S.: Animal Sciences
Research area: Animal Nutrition
Major Professor: Dr. Nicolas DiLorenzo
 

Barclay Powell
Ph.D.: Student
B.S.: Animal Science, University of Florida
Research area: Equine Genetics 
Major Professor: ​ Dr. Samantha A. Brooks 

Barclay Powell 

Fahad Rafiq
Ph.D.: Student
M.S.: Lahor University of Management Sciences - Biology
DVM: University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, Lahore
Research area: Animal Genetics and Genomics
Major Professor: Dr. Raluca Mateescu

Fahad Rafiq 

Cecilia Constantino Rocha
Ph.D.: Student
M.S.: São Paulo University - Pirassununga
B.S.: Santa Cataina Federal University
Research area: Reproductive Phisiology
Major Professor: ​ Dr. Mario Binelli

Cecilia Constantino Rocha 

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

Eduardo Rodriguez

Masroor Sagheer
Ph.D.: AMCB Student
M.S.: Theriogenology from UVAS Lahore-Pakistan
B.S.: Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) from UVAS Lahore-Pakistan
Research area: Reproductive Biology
Major Professor: Dr. Peter James Hansen

Masroor Sagheer 

Gabriel Zayas
Ph.D.: Student
M.S.: University of Florida
Research area: Animal Genetics and Genomics
Major Professor: Dr. Raluca Mateescu

Gabriel Zyas

Firmansyah Tri Saputra
Ph.D.: Student
M.S.: National Pingtung University of Science and Technology (NPUST), Taiwan; Universitas Brawijaya, Indonisia
B.S.: Universitas Brawijaya, Indonisia; STIE Malangkucecwara, Indonisia
Research area: Dairy Cattle
Major Professor: Dr. Corwin D. Nelson

Firmansyah Tri Saputra 

Efstathios Sarmikasoglou
Ph.D.: AMCB Student
B.S.: Agricultural University of Athens, Greece
Research area: Ruminal Microbiology
Major Professor: Dr. Antonio Faciola

Efstathios Sarmikasoglou 

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

Tessa Schulmeister 

Zachary Seekford
Ph.D.: Student 
M.S.: Virginia Tech-Animal and Poultry Sciences
B.S.: Virginia Tech- Dairy Science
Research area: Reproductive Physiology
Major Professor: Dr. John Bromfield

Zachary Seekford 

Froylan Sosa Hernandez
Ph.D.: Student (AMCB)
M.S.: National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM)
D.V.M.: University of Veracruz, Mexico
Research area: Biology of Reproduction
Major Professor: Dr. Peter J Hansen

 

Daniel Stanton
Ph.D.: AMCB Student
M.S: Biology – Winthrop University
B.S.: Biology – Winthrop University
Research area: Post-translational control of Circadian clock regulation
Major Professor: Dr. Driver (Co-chair/advisor: Dr. Liu COM)

Daniel Stanton 

Arslan Tariq
Ph.D: Student
M.S.: M. Phil. University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, Lahore-Pakistan
B.S.: D.V.M. University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, Lahore-Pakistan
Research area: Reproductive Biology
Major Professor: Dr. John Bromfield

Arslan Tariq 

Mauro E. Venturini
Ph.D: Student
Research area: Cattle Reproduction
Major Professor: Dr. Angela Gonella Diaza

Mauro Venturini 

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

James Vinyard

Yuhan Wen
Ph.D: AMCB Student
B.S.: Sichuan Agricultural University
Research area: Immunology and vaccine biology
Major Professor: Dr. John Driver

 

Felipe Xavier Amaro 
Ph.D.: Student
M.S.: University of Florida
B.S.: Federal University of Vicosa
Research area: Ruminant Nutrition
Major Professor: Dr. Diwakar Vyas

Felipe Xavier Amaro

Yuting Zhai
M.S: Student (AMCB)
B.S.: Shandong Agricultural University, China
Research area: Antimicrobial resistance
Major Professor: Dr. K. C. Jeong

 

Animal Sciences Academic Advisors

Undergraduate CoordinatorEmailPhone
Dr. Albert De Vries
ANS Bldg. 459, Room 100C
devries@ufl.edu 352-294-6983

Undergraduate Program AdvisorEmailPhone
Mrs. Alexis Strickland-Tilton
ANS Bldg. 459, Room 100A
Book an Appointment
stricklanda@ufl.edu

352-392-9739

Mrs. Savannah Linzmaier
ANS Bldg. 459, Room 100B
Book an appointment
slinzmaier@ufl.edu

352-392-2455

Graduate AdvisorEmailPhone
Renee Parks-James
ANS Bldg. 459, Room 100D
rpj@ufl.edu 352-392-5615


Faculty Advisors

First visit should be with Alexis Strickland-Tilton or Savannah Linzmaier. Subsequently, you may choose an advisor to serve as a faculty mentor for the remainder of your program from the list below.

If you click on their name, you can see their research and teaching interests.

Faculty AdvisorsEmailLocation
Dr. Samantha Brooks samantha.brooks@ufl.edu ANS Bldg., 459, Room 231F
Dr. Chad Carr chadcarr@ufl.edu ANS Bldg., 459, Room 224B  
Ms. Amie Imler 
Internship Coordinator 
amie.taylor@ufl.edu
Book an appointment 
ANS Bldg., 459, Room 231E  
Dr. Antonio Faciola
Honors Coordinator 
afaciola@ufl.edu Red Larson Bldg., 499, Room 204B 
Mr. Joel McQuagge mcquagge@ufl.edu  ANS Blg., 459, Room 210B  
Dr. Emily Miller-Cushon emillerc@ufl.edu  Red Larson Bldg., 499, Room 104E 
Dr. Jason Scheffler  jmscheff@ufl.edu ANS Bldg., 459, Room 231G 
Dr. Tracy Scheffler tscheffler@ufl.edu ANS Bldg., 459, Room 210F 
Dr. Todd Thrift tathrift@ufl.edu ANS Bldg., 459, Room 210C 
Ms. Allyson Trimble trimbleak@ufl.edu
Book an appointment
ANS Bldg, 459 Room 224D
Dr. Lori Warren lkwarren@ufl.edu ANS Bldg., 459, Room 210F 
Dr. Carissa Wickens  cwickens@ufl.edu ANS Blidg., 459, Room 231B 

Sustaining Courtesy Faculty

The Department of Animal Sciences depends upon collaborations with scientists from other organizations throughout the world to achieve its commitments in research, extension and teaching. A select group of scientists are appointed as Sustaining Courtesy Faculty because of a continuous record of service and collaboration with the department.

Dr. Bilby is currently an Associate Director of Cattle Technical Services for Merck Animal Health. He manages a team of dairy-focused veterinarians and PhDs across the US who support the Merck cattle division with technical expertise on a variety of topics. He also specializes in cattle reproduction and provide technical support for both beef and dairy cattle. He obtained the PhD in dairy cattle reproduction from the University of Florida under the direction of Dr. Bill Thatcher. Current interests include cattle reproduction, heat stress, transition cow health and new product development.

Jeremy Block

Jeremy.block@uwyo.edu

Dr. Block is an assistant professor in the Department of Animal Science at the University of Wyoming with interests in reproduction in ruminant species. Previously, he was a research scientist at Zoetis. He also provides commercial assisted reproduction services. He received the B.S in Animal Science from the University of Missouri and the MS and PhD degrees from Animal Molecular and Cellular Biology at the University of Florida.

John Cole is PEAK senior VP of research and development at URUS Group, joined the URUS Group in December. URUS is a holding company for leading agricultural organizations including Alta Genetics, GENEX, Jetstream Genetics, PEAK/SCCL and VAS that together bring genetics and other agricultural technologies to producers in 15 countries. Previously Cole was acting research leader for the Animal Genomics and Improvement Laboratory, U.S. Department of Agriculture-Agricultural Research Service. His formal education was at Louisiana State University and University of Minnesota.

Serdal Dikmen

serdal@uludag.edu.tr

Dr. Dikmen serves as Professor and Head of the Department of Animal Science in the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Bursa Uludağ University in Bursa, Turkey. He received his DVM (1999) and Ph.D. (2004) degrees at that university and has been on the faculty since 2004. His research interests are focused on heat stress management in dairy and beef cattle and the development of improvement strategies for genetic selection of production traits. He spent a one-year sabbatical at the University of Florida in 2007 and returns to the department yearly to conduct collaborative research on the genetic basis for thermotolerance in cattle.

Ignacio R. Ipharraguerre

ipharraguerre@foodsci.uni-kiel.de

Dr. Ipharraguerre is a Senior Scientist at the Institute of Human Nutrition and Food Science, University of Kiel, Germany. He received a degree in Agricultural Sciences (1996) from the University of Buenos Aires, Argentina, and an M.S. (2001) and Ph.D. (2004) in Animal Sciences focused on nutritional physiology of dairy cows from the University of Illinois, USA. In his current position, he leads research on the impact of diet on the enterohepatic system and the resulting immunometabolic implications for the host, with special emphasis on bile acid metabolism and signaling. He is also deeply interested in developing and expanding the use of Drosophila melanogaster in nutritional research and health. 

Sha Tao

stao@uga.edu

Sha Tao is an associate professor in the Department of Animal and Dairy Science at the University of Georgia. A native of Kaifeng, China, Tao obtained the B.S. in Agriculture in 2004 and M.S. in Animal Sciences in 2007 from Henan University of Technology, China. He completed the Ph.D. in Animal Molecular and Cellular Biology at the University of Florida in 2012. Current research is focused on the impact of heat stress on mammary gland development and health in dairy cows, the association among environment, body temperature and behavior of cows in confinement and grazing dairies, and nutritional and management strategies to minimize the negative impacts of heat stress during summer. 

Marcos Zenobi

mzenobi@ufl.edu

Dr. Zenobi serves as Technical Services Manager for Balchem LATAM, is the Director of Continued Education for Dairy Production at the Instituto de Reproducción de Córdoba (Argentina) and has a faculty appointment at the National University of Córdoba. A native of Argentina, Marcos’s passions for cows started early, coming from a family that operates a dairy farm. He studied as an Agricultural Engineer in Argentina, specialized in reproduction, completed the MSc degree at the University of Saskatchewan in animal nutrition, and obtained the PhD in animal sciences from the University of Florida. Marcos describes himself as a dairy production consultant who loves science.