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Graduate Students

Ewa Bachminska

Ewa Bachminska

Graduate Student
Masters Program
Years of Study: 2016 to 2018
Research Area(s): Animal welfare, wildlife conservation & animal behavior.
Graduate Field: Animal Science
​Advisor: Dr. Debbie Cherney
Lucia Borlle

Lucia Borlle

Graduate Student
Doctorate Program
Years of Study: 2016 to 2020
Research Area(s): Ovarian cancer using a hens model
Graduate Field: Animal Science
​Advisor: Dr. Pat Johnson
Leonardo Bringhenti

Leonardo Bringhenti

Graduate Student
Masters Program
Years of Study: 2017 to 2019
Research Area(s): Production medicine focusing on calf health.
Graduate Field: Animal Science
​Advisor: Dr. Rodrigo Bicalho
Daniel Bryant

Daniel Bryant

Graduate Student
Masters Program
Years of Study: 2017 to 2019
Research Area(s): Teat disinfectant efficacy, milk quality, and associated pathogens.
Graduate Field: Animal Science
​Advisor: Dr. Daryl Van Nydam
Amanda Davis

Amanda Davis

Graduate Student
Doctorate Program
Years of Study: 2017 to 2022
Research Area(s):  Sphingolipid metabolism, mechanisms of insulin resistance during the transition from gestation to lactation in dairy cows, and adaptations to nutrient deficit in wild and domestic ruminants
Graduate Field: Animal Science
​Advisor: Dr. Joseph W. McFadden 

Michael Dineen

Graduate Student
Doctorate Program
Years of Study: 2015 to 2018
Research Area(s): Evaluation and modification of the CNCPS for Irish dairy cows in pasture-based systems.
Graduate Field: Animal Science
​Advisor: Dr. Michael Van Amburgh
Rachel Evanowski

Rachel Evanowski

Graduate Student
Masters Program
Years of Study: 2017 to 2019
Research Area(s): Milk Quality
Graduate Field: Animal Science
​Advisor: Dr. Martin Wiedmann
Laurie Francoeur

Laurie Francoeur

Graduate Student
Doctorate Program
Years of Study: 2017 to 2022
Research Area(s):  Ovarian follicle development in hens
Graduate Field: Animal Science
​Advisor: Dr. Patricia Johnson
Valeria Maria Alanis Gallardo
Doctorate Program
Years of Study: 2017 to 2021
Research Area(s):  Epidemiological associations between risk factors and mastitis, Association between training methods with improved milk quality.
Graduate Field: Animal Science
​Advisor: Dr. Daryl V. Nydam
Madeleine Keefe

Madeleine Keefe

Graduate Student
Doctorate Program
Years of Study: 2017 to 2021
Research Area(s): Biotechnology, Poultry Science.
Graduate Field: Animal Science
​Advisor: Dr. Xingen Lei
Allison Lawton

Allison (Lawton) Kerwin

Graduate Student
Doctorate Program
Years of Study: 2015 to 2019
Research Area(s): Transition cow nutrition and health
Graduate Field: Animal Science
​Advisor: Dr. Thomas Overton
Nikola Kochendoerfer
Master's Program
Years of Study: 2016 to 2018
Research Area(s): Dairy sheep management and nutrition
Graduate Field: Animal Science
​Advisor: Dr. Michael Thonney
Sarah Williams
Doctorate Program
Years of Study: 2014 to 2019
Research Area(s): Transition cow nutrition and health.
Graduate Field: Animal Science
​Advisor: Dr. Tom Overton
Paul (Andrew) LaPierre

Paul (Andrew) LaPierre

Graduate Student
Doctorate Program
Years of Study: 2016-2020
Research Area(s): Dairy Nutrition, Nutritional Modeling, Dairy Economics
Graduate Field: Animal Science
Advisor: Dr. Mike Van Amburgh

 
Francisco Leal-Yepes

Francisco Leal-Yepes

Graduate Student
Doctorate Program
Years of Study: 2013 to 2017
Research Area(s): Epidemiology and genetics of negative energy balance in transition dairy cows.
Graduate Field: Animal Science
​Advisor: Dr. Daryl Nydam
Guanchen Liu

Guanchen Liu

Graduate Student
Masters Program
Years of Study: 2017 to 2019
Research Area(s): TBD
Graduate Field: Animal Science
​Advisor: Dr. Xingen Lei
Jinjing Liu

Jinjing Liu

Graduate Student
Master's Program
Years of Study: 2016 to 2018
Research Area(s): Vaccination against Fusobacteria Nucleatum for Colorectal Cancer Immunoprevention.
Graduate Field: Animal Science
​Advisor: Dr. Yung-fu Chang
 

Sarah Lyons

Graduate Student
Doctorate Program
Years of Study: 2015 to 2019
Research Area(s): Sustainable livestock systems with a focus on forage quality and nutrient management for double crop rotations in dairy production.
Graduate Field: Animal Science
​Advisor: Dr. Quirine Ketterings
Andrew Magnusen

Andrew Magnuson

Graduate Student
Doctorate Program
Years of Study: 2016 to 2020
Research Area(s): Nutrition, Pharmacology, Molecular Biology
Graduate Field: Animal Science
​Advisor: Dr. Xingen Lei
Magdalena Masello Souza

Magdalena Masello

Graduate Student
Doctorate Program
Years of Study: 2016 to 2020
Research Area(s): Dairy Cattle Reproduction
Graduate Field: Animal Science
​Advisor: Dr. Julio Giordano

Matt McCullouch

Graduate Student
Masters Program
Years of Study: 2015 to 2016
Research Area(s): Parasite evaluations of cattle and water buffalo
Graduate Field: Animal Science
​Advisor: Dr Mike Thonney and Dr Dwight Bowman

Asha Miles

Graduate Student
Doctorate Program
Years of Study: 2015 to 2019
Research Area(s): Genetic and epidemiologic analyses of the relationships among mastitis, mammary microbiota, and milk quality.
Graduate Field: Animal Science
​Advisor: Dr. Heather Huson
Rodrigo Molano

Rodrigo Molano

Graduate Student
Master's Program
Years of Study: 2014 to 2016
Research Area(s): Nutritional strategies to facilitate the transition to ruminant of dairy calves
Graduate Field: Animal Science
​Advisor: Dr.Michael Van Amburgh
William Myers

William Myers

Graduate Student
Masters Program
Years of Study: 2017 to 2019
Research Area(s): Transitional dairy cow metabolism / Anaplerosis in the TCA cycle
Graduate Field: Animal Science
​Advisor: Dr. Joseph McFadden

Cassandra Orndorff

Graduate Student
Doctorate Program
Years of Study: 2015 to 2020
Research Area(s): Hormonal regulation of metabolism.
Graduate Field: Animal Science
​Advisor: Dr. Yves Boisclair
Chris Posbergh

Christian Posbergh

Graduate Student
Doctorate Program
Years of Study: 2015 to 2019
Research Area(s): Small Ruminant Genomics & Genetics
Graduate Field: Animal Science
​Advisor: Dr.Heather Huson
Doctorate Program
Years of Study: 2018 to 2022
Research Area(s): Metabolic regulation during growth and lactation
Graduate Field: Animal Science
​Advisor: Dr. Yves Boisclair
Kathryn Bach

Kathryn (Bach) Robbins

Graduate Student
Doctorate Program
Years of Study: 2015 to 2019
Research Area(s): The epidemiology of subclinical mastitis and its association with negative energy balance in the transition cow.
Graduate Field: Animal Science
​Advisor: Dr. Jessica McArt
Kasey Schalich

Kasey Schalich

Graduate Student
Doctorate Program
Years of Study: 2015 to 2020
Research Area(s): bovine reproductive physiology
Graduate Field: Animal Science
​Advisor: Dr. Vimal Selvaraj
Ellen Schilkowsky

Ellen Schilkowsky

Graduate Student
Masters Program
Years of Study: 2017 to 2019
Research Area(s): Dairy Cattle Reproduction
Graduate Field: Animal Science
​Advisor: Dr. Julio Giordano
 
Emily Sitko

Emily Sitko

Graduate Student
Doctorate Program
Years of Study: 2017 to 2021
Research Area(s): Dairy Cattle Reproduction
Graduate Field: Animal Science
​Advisor: Dr. Julio Giordano
Cassandra Stambuk

Cassandra Stambuk

Graduate Student
Doctorate Program
Years of Study: 2014 to 2019
Research Area(s):  Animal Genetics, focusing on dairy cows and possible predisposition to lameness and specific hoof diseases.
Graduate Field: Animal Science
Advisor: Dr. Heather Huson

Tao Sun

Graduate Student
Masters Program
Years of Study: 2015 to 2017
Research Area(s): Algae Digestion
Graduate Field: Animal Science
​Advisor: Dr. Xingen Lei
Maureen Valentine

Maureen Valentine

Graduate Student
Doctorate Program
Years of Study: 2014 to 2018
Research Area(s): Ruminant nutrition and feed scarcity in India
Graduate Field: Animal Science
​Advisor: Dr. Debbie Cherney
Viju Vijayan Pillai

Viju Vijayan Pillai

Graduate Student
Doctorate Program
Years of Study: 2013 to 2018
Research Area(s): Reproductive Physiology; induced pluripotent stem cells.
Graduate Field: Animal Science
​Advisor: Dr. Vimal Selvaraj
Jessica Waltemyer

Jessica Waltemyer

Graduate Student
Master of Professional Studies
Years of Study: 2016 to ?
Research Area(s): ?
Graduate Field: Animal Science
​Advisor: Dr. Mike Van Amburgh

Amy Zhao

Graduate Student
Doctorate Program
Years of Study: 2014 to 2019
Research Area(s): Mitochondrial cholesterol transport and steroidogenesis
Graduate Field: Animal Science
​Advisor:  Dr. Vimal Selvaraj
Zepling Zhao

Zeping Zhao

Graduate Student
Doctorate Program
Years of Study: 2012 to 2017
Research Area(s):  Metabolism and molecular mechanism of high dietary selenium intake induced type 2 diabetes.
Graduate Field: Animal Science
​Advisor: Dr. Xingen Lei
Martin Zinicola

Martin Zinicola

Graduate Student
Doctorate Program
Years of Study: 2015 to 2019
Research Area(s): Production Medicine, Epidemiology and Microbiology. Current research: Bovine Lameness.
Graduate Field: Animal Science
​Advisor: Rodrigo Bicalho