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 subsequently 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.

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Bethany Dado – Master student in Animal Sciences

bethanyBethany received her B.S. degrees in Dairy Science and Genetics (double major) 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



Carolina Collazos – Master student in Animal Sciences


Carolina Collazos graduated from Florida State University in 2015 with a bachelor in Biological Sciences. She is currently a Masters student in the Animal Science Graduate Program at University of Florida. Her thesis is titled: Effects of the level and duration of maternal DCAD diets precalving on calf growth, immunity, energy and mineral metabolism. Graduated: Spring 2017!



Interns involved in research (2015, 2016 & 2017)

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

Yazielis M. Torres – University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez (2015 UF/IFAS Summer Internship Program)
Fabiana N. Corra – UNESP, Sao Pablo, Brazil (Summer 2015 & Fall 2016)
Marcela Marrero – University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez (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 involved in research (2015 & 2016)

Stephanie Pinkenton (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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