Amy Skibiel, Ph.D. – Postdoctoral Associate


Amy received her Master’s and Ph.D. degrees in Biological Sciences from Auburn University where she studied maternal investment in lactation in a hibernating rodent. She completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Harvard University and served as a lecturer in anatomy and physiology courses at Auburn. Amy is currently a Postdoctoral Associate working with Dr. Laporta and Dr. Dahl. Her research focuses on how heat stress affects the cellular and molecular dynamics of the mammary gland during the dry period and lactation, liver metabolism, and in-utero programming of calf physiology.




Bethany Dado – MSc Student AMCB Program

bethanyBethany received her B.S. degrees in Dairy Science and Genetics from University of Wisconsin-Madison in May of 2016. She is currently a Masters student in the Animal Molecular & Cellular Biology Program at University of Florida. Her thesis is titled: Identification of pathways and cellular processes in the mammary gland and evaluation of plausible transgenerational effects of heat stress causing impaired milk production. Expected graduation: Spring 2018



Marcela Marrero-Perez – Ph.D. Student in Animal Sciences

IMG_0261 (2)Marcela received her Master’s degree in Animal Science from University of Puerto Rico Mayaguez. She is currently a Ph.D. student in the Animal Sciences Program at University of Florida. Her thesis is titled: Manipulation of the serotonergic pathway to improve lactation performance and health in dairy cattle. Expected graduation: Spring 2020





Sena Field – MSc Student AMCB Program

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Sena graduated from University of Florida in June 2017. She is currently a Masters student in the Animal Molecular & Cellular Biology Program at University of Florida. Her thesis is titled: Role of serotonin in energy metabolism of dairy calves. Expected graduation: Spring 2020




Graduated Students & past Lab Members

Carolina Collazos – MSc. in Animal Sciences


Carolina  graduated from Florida State University in 2015 with a B.S. in Biological Sciences. She graduated in Spring 2017 with a Masters in the Animal Science at University of Florida. Her thesis was titled: Effects of the level and duration of maternal DCAD diets precalving on calf growth, immunity, energy and mineral metabolism. 

Interns involved in research (2015 – 2018)            

Jeremy Bryant – North Carolina (2017 UF/IFAS Summer Internship Program)

Cyprien Avaloine – AgroSup Dijon Burgundy (Internship/study abroad)      

Stephanie Pinkenton – University of Florida (2017 UF/IFAS Summer Internship Program)

Yazielis M. Torres – University of Puerto Rico (2015 UF/IFAS Summer Internship Program)

Fabiana N. Corra – UNESP, Sao Pablo, Brazil (Summer 2015 & Fall 2016)

Marcela Marrero-Perez – University of Puerto Rico (2016 UF/IFAS Summer Internship Program)

Therus Brown – Florida A&M University (2016 UF/FAMU Research Summer Intern Program)

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Undergraduate volunteers & interns involved in research (2015-2018)

Stephanie Pilkenton (Spring 2017), Catalina Mejia (Spring, Summer & Fall 2016, Spring 2017), Sena Field (Summer & Fall 2016, Spring 2017), Victoria Sichler (Summer & Fall 2016, Spring 2017), Halie Webber (Spring 2017), Natalie Hughes (Summer & Fall 2016), Maria Martinez (Summer & Fall 2016), Stephanie Duno (Summer 2016), Rachel McKay (Spring & Fall 2016), Hunter Barnes & Scarlett Harrison (Fall 2016), Nikia Walker, Mallory Sullivan, Kaley Brooks (Spring 2016), Andrea Ramirez (Spring 2016), Ashley Calhoun (Fall 2015)


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