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My background

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I am originally from Uruguay, where I received a B.S. degree in Biology and Genetics in 2008, and my M.S. degree in Animal Science in 2011, both from Universidad de la República. During my M.S. in Uruguay, I obtained a strong training in metabolism, endocrinology and molecular biology, investigating the hepatic regulation of beef cows in the interaction between nutrition and reproduction during the gestation and lactation cycle. During my Master’s I was also involved in a series of projects with lactating dairy cows that motivated me to follow my studies in this area.

I continued my graduate studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison focusing on dairy cattle lactation and mammary gland physiology. Under the mentorship of Dr. Laura Hernandez, I obtained a Ph.D. degree in Dairy Science, in December, 2014. During my Ph.D. I studied the biology that underlies the role of serotonin in the regulation of glucose and calcium homeostasis during the peri-partum period using different mammalian models, including dairy cows. My Ph.D. research has contributed substantially to the understanding of maternal glucose and calcium regulation during early lactation.

I joined the Department of Animal Sciences at University of Florida in February, 2015, as Assistant Professor in the area of mammary gland physiology and lactation biology. My research focuses on the study of maternal metabolism and mammary gland homeostasis during lactation. I investigate how novel endocrine, as well as autocrine-paracrine factors produced by the mammary gland, can play crucial roles in the regulation of important events in lactation, mammary function, milk synthesis and composition.

Contact information
Department of Animal Sciences – Red Larson Building
2250 Shealy Drive, Room 104-H
Gainesville, FL 32611, USA
E-mail: jlaporta@ufl.edu
Office phone: 352-392-1981 (229)