M.Sc. by thesis student
- B.Sc. in Veterinary Medicine, Lavras Federal University, Brazil (2016)
I am a MSc. student in Reproductive Physiology under Dr. Eduardo Ribeiro's supervision. My interest in dairy cattle started at a young age, as my family owned a dairy farm in Brazil, where I grew up. As a result, I was motivated to pursue a career working with livestock. During my undergrad, I conducted research and extension activities, and gained more experience in the industry. The last semester of my program, I participated in a research internship supervised by Dr. José Eduardo Santos in the Animal Science Department at the University of Florida, which sparked my interest in post-graduate studies.
My research focuses on understanding the effects of postpartum inflammatory diseases and methods for reducing the negative effects on embryonic development, production, health, and reproductive performance of dairy cows. In addition, I am studying the maternal and environmental factors that affect health and performance in dairy heifers. These topics interest me as they are related to significant economic loss in dairy industry, as dairy cows greatly increase their nutritional requirements and metabolic rates after parturition. My research will help to develop strategies to minimize the occurrence and negative effects of diseases during this challenging period, improving animal health and welfare, reducing use of antibiotics and increasing farm efficiency. In the future, I plan to do a PhD in the same area and later work in the industry.
While I am not on campus or at the dairy farm, I enjoy outdoor activities such as running, hiking and mountain biking.