Department of Animal Science, College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences
Reproductive and developmental biology, dairy cow reproduction, female fertility, assisted reproductive techniques
Successful reproduction in females requires development of follicles, ovulation and fertilization of a mature egg, and development of the embryo and fetus until birth of offspring. As all these events occur inside the female’s body, any disturbances can result in poor fertility—whether the disturbance is local (within the ovary), systemic (within the body), or environmental (outside the body). In cattle, these disturbances can lower productivity or negatively impact animal welfare. In humans, these types of disturbances can cause recurrent pregnancy failure.
My research focuses on the molecular control of female reproduction by local and systemic factors and how it is affected by the environment. I am particularly interested in the development of female gametes (oogenesis), and on the early period of embryonic development.
By understanding the molecular mechanisms of reproduction, my goal is to improve cattle fertility, increase animal longevity, improve animal welfare, and boost farm productivity. My research will use cattle as a starting point and model species, acquiring knowledge that can be applied to solve human infertility issues or assist in the conservation of endangered exotic species.
Grad Group Affiliations
- Animal Biology
- Molecular, Cellular and Integrative Physiology
Specialties / Focus
- Developmental Physiology
- Reproductive Physiology
- International Embryo transfer Society
- Society for the Study of Reproduction
- American Dairy Science Association
- Brazilian Society of Embryo Technologies (SBTE)
- 2003 DVM Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil
- 2009 MPVM Preventive Veterinary Medicine University of California Davis
- 2014 PhD Animal Molecular and Cellular Biology University of Florida Gainesville