Graduate Students

The Department of Animal Science has over 40 graduate students working and researching in such areas as: transition cow nutrition and health, physiology and lipid metabolism, nutrient managment, animal welfare, wildlife conservation & animal behavior, ovarian biology, and dairy management.

Allison (Lawton) Kerwin

Doctorate Program

Years of Study: 2015 to 2021

Research Area(s): Transition cow nutrition and health

Advisor: Dr. Thomas Overton

Education:

  • BS in Animal Science from Cornell University

Contact:

B46 Morrison Hall

Email: abl37 [at] cornell.edu

Ana Carolina de Campos Henrique Tomazi

Masters Program

Years of Study: 2019 to 2021

Research Area(s): Animal science

Advisor: Dr. Rodrigo Bicalho

Education: 

  • BS, Animal Science - Universidade de Sao Paulo, Brazil (2016)

Contact:

College of Veterinary Medicine

Email: ad2242 [at] cornell.edu

Ananda B. Portela Fontoura

Doctorate Program

Years of Study: 2018 to 2021

Research Area(s): Physiology; lipid metabolism; transition cow metabolism.

Advisor: Dr. Joseph W. McFadden

Education:

  • MS – North Dakota State University
  • DVM – Universidade Federal do Pará, Brazil

Contact:

345 Morrison Hall

Email: abf63 [at] cornell.edu

Andres Ortega

Doctorate Program

Years of Study: 2018 to 2023

Research Area(s): Feed chemistry and nitrogen metabolism applied to dairy cattle nutrition

Advisor: Dr. Michael Van Amburgh

Education:

  • BS Animal Science, Cornell

Contact:

Email: afo7 [at] cornell.edu

Antonio Carlos Ramos dos Santos

Doctorate Program

Years of Study: 2018 to 2022

Research Area(s): Role of leptin, adiponectin, and fibroblast growth factor-21 in the endocrine regulation of ruminant metabolism

Advisor: Dr. Yves Boisclair

Education:

  • M.S. in Animal Science and Pastures – University of Sao Paulo (ESALQ/USP), Brazil

  • .S. in Animal Science – Federal University of Minas Gerais (ICA/UFMG), Brazil

Contact:

224 Morrison Hall

Email: ar755 [at] cornell.edu

Brianna Tate

Doctorate Program

Years of Study: 2018 to 2022

Research Area(s): Ex vivo model of transition cow lipid metabolism

Advisor: Dr. Joseph McFadden

Education:

  • BA in Biology, '16 Appalachian State University

  • MS in Cell & Molecular Biology, '18 Appalachian State University

Contact:

345 Morrison Hall

Email: bnt28 [at] cornell.edu

Byung Jae (Jason) Cho

Masters Program

Years of Study: 2019 to 2021

Research Area(s): Nutrient management

Advisor: Dr. Quirine Ketterings

Education:

  • BA, Statistical Science - Cornell University (2018)

Contact:

317 Morrison Hall

Email: bc454 [at] cornell.edu

Cassandra Orndorff

Doctorate Program

Years of Study: 2015 to 2021

Research Area(s): Hormonal regulation of metabolism.

Advisor: Dr. Yves Boisclair

Education: 

  • BS - Biochemistry '15, West Virginia University

Contact:

224 Morrison Hall

Email: clo39 [at] cornell.edu

Claira Seely

Doctorate Program

Years of Study: 2019 to 2024

Research Area(s): Epidemiology of subclinical hypocalcemia in early lactation dairy cows

Advisor: Dr. Jessica McArt

Education: 

  • MS, Dairy Science - University of Wisconsin at Madison (2019)

Contact: College of Veterinary Medicine

Email: crs336 [at] cornell.edu

Emily Sitko

Doctorate Program

Years of Study: 2017 to 2021

Research Area(s): Dairy Cattle Reproduction

Advisor: Dr. Julio Giordano

Education:

  • BS Animal Science, College of Agriculture & Life Sciences, Cornell University

Contact:

227 Morrison Hall

Email: ems327 [at] cornell.edu

Ewa Bachminska

Doctorate Program

Years of Study: 2016 to 2021

Research Area(s): Animal welfare, wildlife conservation & cinema studies

Advisor: Dr. Debbie Cherney

Education:

  • BA in Applied Linguistics from Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan, Poland
  • MA in Applied Linguistics from Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan, Poland
  • MA in Vocal Jazz from Webster University of St. Louis
  • MA in Spanish from St. Louis University.

Contact: 

K135 Klarman Hall

Email: eb583 [at] cornell.edu

Geneva Graef

Doctorate Program

Years of Study: 2019 to 2024

Research Area(s): Dairy nutrition

Advisor: Dr. Tom Overton

Education:

  • BS, Animal Science, University of Hawaii at Manoa (2014)

Contact:

B47 Morrison Hall

Email: gmg228 [at] cornell.edu

German Granados

Master's Program

Years of Study: 2018 to 2020

Research Area(s): Cattle reproduction, automatic health monitoring systems

Advisor: Dr. Julio Giordano

Education:

  • Animal scientist from universidad nacional de Colombia

Contact:

227 Morrison Hall

Email: gg355 [at] cornell.edu

Hanxue (Hannah) Zhang

Doctorate Program

Years of Study: 2019 to 2023

Research Area(s): Ovarian biology

Advisor: Dr. Yi Athena Ren

Education:

  • MS, Animal Genetics, Breeding and Reproduction - China Agricultural University, Beijing (2019)

Contact:

Morrison Hall

Email: hz485 [at] cornell.edu

Jinjing Liu

Doctorate Program

Years of Study: 2019 to 2021

Research Area(s): Animal science

Advisor: Dr. Yung-fu Chang

Education: 

  • MS, Cornell University
  • BS, University of Washington

Contact:

C1-116,Vet Medical Center

Email: jl3538 [at] cornell.edu

Jodi (Letham) Putman

Masters Program

Years of Study: 2016 to 2018

Research Area(s): Determining if sulfur is a limiting nutrient in soybean production with a focus in agronomy, nutrient management, soil health & fertility.

Advisor: Dr. Quirine Ketterings

Education:

  • B.S. Penn State University - Agricultural Sciences, Minor in Agronomy

Contact:

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Livingston County

3 Murray Hill Drive Mt. Morris, NY 14510

Email: jll347 [at] cornell.edu

Jorge Barrientos Blanco

Doctorate Program

Years of Study: 2019 to 2023

Research Area(s): Dairy management and nutrition

Advisor: Dr. Kristan Reed

Education:

  • MS in Dairy Science (concentration in dairy farm management), University of Wisconsin - Madison (2019)

Contact:

407 Morrison Hall

Email: jab924 [at] cornell.edu

Josiane do Carmo Silva

Masters Program

Years of Study: 2018 to 2020

Research Area(s): Production medicine, epidemiology, and microbiology

Advisor: Dr. Rodrigo Bicalho

Education:

  • DVM Universidade Federal de Uberlandia-MG Brazil

Contact:

College of Veterinary Medicine, 930 Campus Road

Email: jd975 [at] cornell.edu

Kasey Schalich

Doctorate Program

Years of Study: 2015 to 2020

Research Area(s): bovine reproductive physiology

Advisor: Vimal Selvaraj

Education:

  • BS Biochemistry '14, Bioloa University

Contact: Morrison Hall

Email: kms433 [at] cornell.edu

Laurie Francoeur

Doctorate Program

Years of Study: 2017 to 2022

Research Area(s): Ovarian follicle development in hens

Advisor: Dr. Patricia Johnson

Education:

  • BA Biological Sciences - Rutgers University

Contact:

435 Morrison Hall

Email: lf389 [at] cornell.edu

Leonardo Bringhenti

Doctorate Program

Years of Study: 2017 to 2021

Research Area(s): Production medicine focusing on calf health

Advisor: Dr. Rodrigo Bichalo

Education:

  • DVM - Universidade de
  • Passo Fundo, Brazil

Contact:

C2-527 College of Veterinary Medicine, 930 Campus Road

Email: lb677 [at] cornell.edu

Lucia Borlle

Masters/Doctorate Program

Years of Study: 2016 to 2021

Research Area(s): Ovarian cancer using a hens model

Advisor: Dr. Pat Johnson/Dr. Julia Felippe

Education:

  • Doctor in Veterinary Medicine (DVM), graduated from the Universidad Nacional del Litoral (UNL), Esperanza, Argentina

Contact: 439 Morrison Hall

Email: lb574 [at] cornell.edu

Madeleine Keefe

Doctorate Program

Years of Study: 2017 to 2021

Research Area(s): Biotechnology, genomics, entomology

Advisor: Dr. Xingen Lei

Education:

  • BS - Ecology & Evolutionary Biology '15, University of Rochester

Contact:

Morrison Hall

(585) 208-2540

Email: mrk258 [at] cornell.edu

Mohd Azwan Jaafar

Doctorate Program

Years of Study: 2019 to 2023

Research Area(s): Genetics of crossbred dairy cattle

Advisor: Dr. Heather Huson

Education: 

  • MS, Ecological Genetics - University of Malaya - Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (2014)

Contact:

343 Morrison Hall

Email: maj223 [at] cornell.edu

Molly McGuckin

Doctorate Program

Years of Study: 2018 to 2022

Research Area(s): Metabolic regulation

Advisor: Dr. Yves Boisclair

Education:

  • MS in Agriculture with specialization in Animal Science from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, CA
  • BS in Animal Science from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, CA

Contact:

224 Morrison Hall

Email: mmm488 [at] cornell.edu

Moubani Das

Doctorate Program

Years of Study: 2019 to 2023

Research Area(s): Steroidogenesis

Advisor: Dr. Vimal Selvaraj

Education:

  • MS in Zoology (with concentration in cytogenetics and molecular biology), University of Calcutta, India (2011)

Contact:

205 Morrison Hall

Email: md938 [at] cornell.edu

Paul (Andrew) LaPierre

Doctorate Program

Years of Study: 2016 to 2020

Research Area(s): Dairy Nutrition, Nutritional Modeling, Dairy Economics

Advisor: Dr. Mike Van Amburgh

Education:

  • BS Cornell University
  • MS University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Contact:

B47 Morrison Hall

Email: pal84 [at] cornell.edu

Preston DeJong

Masters of Professional Studies Program

Years of Study: 2019 to 2021

Area(s) of Focus: Dairy business management, dairy management, animal nutrition

Advisor: Dr. Tom Overton

Education:

  • BS, Plant & Environmental Soil Science - Texas A&M University (2019)

Contact:

B46 Morrison Hall

Email: pdd42 [at] cornell.edu

Rinske (Rink) Tacoma-Fogal

Doctorate Program

Years of Study: 2019 to 2023

Research Area(s): Dairy nutrition, agronomy, whole-farm production modelling systems

Advisor: Dr. Deborah Jeanine Cherney

Education:

  • MS, Animal Science - University of Vermont (2016)

Contact:

326 Morrison Hall

Email: rt464 [at] cornell.edu

Rodrigo Molano

Masters Program

Years of Study: 2014 to 2016

Research Area(s): Nutritional strategies to facilitate the transition to ruminant of dairy calves

Advisor: Dr. Michael Van Amburgh

Education:

  • BS, Animal Science, Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Bogotá D.C., Colombia, 2012.

Contact:

B47 Morrison Hall

Email: ram535 [at] cornell.edu

Shailesh Gurung

Doctorate Program

Years of Study: 2018 to 2022

Research Area(s): Reprogramming, induced pluripotent and embryonic stem cells

Advisor: Dr. Vimal Selvaraj

Education:

  • MS Poultry Science, Texas A&M University, Texas USA
  • BVSc. & AH (DVM equivalent), Tribhuvan University, Rampur, Nepal

Contact:

225 Morrison Hall

Email: sg2353 [at] cornell.edu

Tao Sun

Doctorate Program

Years of Study: 2018 to 2022

Research Area(s): Algae Digestion

Advisor: Dr. Xingen Lei

Education:

  • BS - Animal Science 15, Purdue University

  • MS - Animal Science '17, Cornell University

Contact:

220 Morrison Hall

Email: ts683 [at] cornell.edu

Trent Westhoff

Doctorate Program

Years of Study: 2019 to 2024

Research Area(s): Colostrum quality and quantity

Advisor: Dr. Sabine Mann

Education:

  • BS, Animal Science - Iowa State University (2019)

Contact:

College of Veterinary Medicine

Email: taw96 [at] cornell.edu

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.

Advisor: Dr. Daryl V. Nydam

Education:

  • Doctor in Veterinary Medicine (DVM) and Animal Sciences. FMVZ-UNAM, Mexico. 2009
  • Master in Veterinary Medicine. FESC-UNAM, Mexico. 2017

Contact:

New York State Veterinary Diagnostic Lab

Email: va268 [at] cornell.edu

William Myers

Doctorate Program

Years of Study: 2016 to 2021

Research Area(s): Transitional dairy cow metabolism / Anaplerosis in the TCA cycle

Advisor: Dr. Joseph McFadden

Education:

  • BS in Biology at West Virginia University

Contact:

Email: wam86 [at] cornell.edu

Ziqiao (Joe) Sun

Doctorate Program

Years of Study: 2019 to 2023

Research Area(s): Animal nutrition

Advisor: Dr. Xingen Lei

Education:

  • MS, Human Nutrition - University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (2018)

Contact:

220 Morrison Hall

Email: zs355 [at] cornell.edu