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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.

Headshot of John Arthington

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.

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

devries@ufl.edu

BIO

Dr. Devries 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.

DiLorenzo Faculty Picture

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.

Driver

John P. Driver

Associate Professor of Immunology

jdriver@ufl.edu

BIO

Dr. John Driver earned his Ph.D. in Animal Nutrition from the University of Georgia, specializing in Poultry Nutrition. Dr. Driver's research program focused on swine immunology, infectious disease, and vaccinology. A significant part of his program is devoted to mouse immunology and genetics focused on in order to study autoimmune diseases.

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.

Havelaar

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.

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.

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.

Tenbroeck

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.

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.

Bachman, Kermit C.
Associate Professor - Emeritus

Badinga, Lokenga
Associate Professor - Emeritus

Elzo, Mauricio A.
Professor - Emeritus

Fields, Michael
Professor - Emeritus
Phone: (352) 392-7652

Head, Henry H.
Professor - Emeritus

Johnson, Dwain
Professor - Emeritus

Johnson, Ed
Associate Professor - Emeritus

Mather, F Ben
Associate Professor - Emeritus

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

Miles, Richard
Professor - Emeritus
Phone: (352) 392-7561

Natzke, Roger P.
Professor - Emeritus

Sharp, Daniel C, III
Professor - Emeritus

Thatcher, William W.
Graduate Research Professor - Emeritus
Phone: (352) 392-5590

Van Horn, Jack
Professor - Emeritus

Webb, Dan
Professor - Emeritus

Wilson, Henry
Professor - Emeritus

Staff

Academic Support Services

Zoe Bowden

Undergraduate Advisor and Communication Specialist
Phone: (352) 392-2455

Renee Parks-James

Graduate Advisor
Phone: (352) 392-5615

Allyson Trimble

Primary Undergraduate Advisor
Phone: (352) 392-9739

Karen F. Webb

Academic Department Receptionist
Phone: (352) 392-2186


Administrative Office

Pam Krueger

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

Kenny Schubel

IT Professional 
Phone: (352) 392-2791

Audy Spell

Operations Manager
Phone: (352) 294-1059

Shelby Thomas

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


Business Office

Tracy Cawley

Fiscal Assistant 
Phone: (352) 392-7526

Jasmine Corbit

Administrative Support Assistant 
Phone: (352) 392-5289

Hal Courson

Human Resources Generalist
Phone: (352) 392-2366

Melony Gay Hale

Research Administrator
Phone: (352) 846-3151

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

Beef Unit Manager
Phone: (386) 462-0589

Jesse Savell

Beef Teaching Unit Manager
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: (386) 294-1279

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

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, Ph.D.

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, Ph.D.

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, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Phone: (352)392-7529

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

Sally Williams, Ph.D.

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 Deito

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

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

Kyle Mendes

Education/Training Specialist II, M.S.
Phone: (352) 294-1058

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

Students

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

 

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

 

Norman Andino
M.S.: Student
B.S.: National Agrarian University of Nicaragua, Animal Science
Research area: Ruminant Nutrition
Major Professor: Dr. Antonio Faciola

 

Ana Margarita Arias Esquivel
M.S.: Student
B.S.: Universidad de Costa Rica
Research area: Equine Behavior and Welfare
Major Professor: Dr. Carissa Wickens

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

Mackenzie Dickson

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

 

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

Eliab Estrada Cortés

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

Surawich Jeensuk
M.S.: AMCB student
B.S.: Veterinary Science, Mahidol University, Thailand
Research area: Reproductive Biology
Major Professor: Dr. Peter J. Hansen

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

Darling Mélany de Carvalho Madrid

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

Marcela Marrero-Pérez

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

Gleise Medeiros Da Silva

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.: Student
B.S.: Federal University of Uberlândia, Brazil
Research area: Dairy Cattle Feed Efficiency
Major Professor: Dr. Jose Eduardo P. Santos and Dr. Fransisco Peñagaricano

 

Alexandra Morrison
M.S.: Student
B.S.: University of Florida
Research area: Equine Best Management Practices
Major Professor: Dr. Carissa Wickens 

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Jaylen Parks
M.S.: Student
B.S.: Tuskegee University
Research area: Reproductive Biology
Major Professor: Dr. Brad Daigneault & Dr. John Bromfield

 

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

Pornpamol Pattamanont

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

 

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

 

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

Michael Poindexter
Master Student
B.S.: University of Florida- Animal Sciences
Research area: Ruminant Nutrition
Major Professor: Dr. Antonio Faciola
 

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

Eduardo Rodriguez

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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)

 

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

Lin Teng

Brittney L. Thompson
M.S.: Student
B.S.: University of Florida
Research area: Ruminant Nutrition
Major Professor: Dr. Corwin Nelson

 

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

 

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

Caroline C. Vasco

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

 

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

Teri Williams

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

 

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

Roney Zimpel

Animal Sciences Academic Advisors

Undergraduate CoordinatorEmailPhone
Dr. Saundra TenBroeck
ANS Bldg., 459, Room 100C
sht@ufl.edu 352-392-2186

Undergraduate Program AdvisorsEmailPhone
Ms. Allyson Trimble
ANS Bldg., 459, Room 100A
Book an appointment
trimbleak@ufl.edu 352-392-9739
Ms. Zoe Bowden
ANS Bldg., 459, Room 100B
Book an appointment
zoebowden@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 Dr. TenBroeck, Allyson Trimble or Zoe Bowden. Subsequently, you may choose an advisor to serve as a faculty mentor for the remainder of your program from the list below.

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  
Dr. Albert De Vries  devries@ufl.edul Red Larson Bldg., 499, Room 104F 
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 
Dr. Lori Warren lkwarren@ufl.edu ANS Bldg., 459, Room 210F 
Dr. Carissa Wickens  cwickens@ufl.edu ANS Blidg., 459, Room 231B 
Dr. Sally Williams wsallyk@ufl.edu ANS Bldg., 459, Room 224C  

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.

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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.