Students

Students

Liqi An

  • Animal Biology Graduate Group
Molecular genetics, functional genomics, and bioinformatics in poultry. Major Professor: Huaijun Zhou

Eduardo Barros De Oliveira

  • Animal Biology Graduate Group
Dairy production medicine, dairy cow health, management, and reproduction. Emphasis on periparturient cow health, reproductive physiology, transition cow immunology and uterine diseases. Major Professor: Fabia Lima

Heather Bell

  • Animal Biology Graduate Group
Studying the effects of thiamine deficiency on the development, physiology, and behavior of early life stage winter-run Chinook salmon. Major Professor: Nann Fangue

Juliana Candelaria

  • Animal Biology Graduate Group Student
I am interested in studying early ovarian folliculogenesis, more specifically examining regulators of preantral follicle development using the cow as a model. Major Professors: Anna Denicol

Allie Carmickle

  • Animal Biology Graduate Group
My research focuses on the slick hair gene in Holstein cattle. This involves factors such as heat stress, growth, development, reproductive efficiency, and milk production. Major Professor: Anna Denicol

Dawn Cayabyab

  • Animal Biology Graduate Group
Mammalian pluripotent stem cells, Embryotic development, CRISPR/Cas9, production of transgenic livestock. Major Professor: Elizabeth Maga

Patrick Cogo

  • Animal Biology Graduate Group
Influence of emotional state on cognition, behavior, and welfare in captive animals. Major Professor: Eliza Bliss-Moreau

Rachael Coon

  • Animal Biology Graduate Group Student
Cattle behavior and welfare, nutrition, and feeding behavior. Major Professors: Cassandra Tucker

Vanessa Dahl

  • Animal Biology Graduate Group Student
Looking into horse shoe wear patterns on different surfaces as well as the impact of shoes on heel expansion on horse hooves during stance phase. Major Professor: Sue Stover

Andrea DeRogatis

  • Animal Biology Graduate Group Student
Studying the different factors that influence avian health on both the individual and population level, with focus on immunology. Major Professor: Kirk Klasing

Toni Duarte

  • Animal Biology Graduate Group Student
Food Safety as it relates to meat quality and shelf life. Major Professor: Xiang (Crystal) Yang

Sofia Egana

  • Animal Biology Graduate Group Student
Avian virology, Molecular epidemiology, Infectious diseases prevention, Bioinformatics, Biotechnology. Major Professor Rodrigo Gallardo

Adriana Garzon Audor

  • Animal Biology Graduate Group Student
Epidemiology of metabolic and infectious diseases in dairy cattle, Herd health and production medicine. Major Professor Richard Pereira

Meredith Harrison

  • Animal Biology Graduate Group
Quantifying historical and current antimicrobial use in California feedlots, and determining the effects of a reduction in bunk space on feedlot steer performance, carcass characteristics, and behavior. Major Professor: James Oltjen

Yijie He

  • Animal Biology Graduate Group Student
Effects of antibiotics alternatives on pigs' health. Major Professors: Yanhong Liu

Mallory Honan

  • Animal Biology Graduate Group
Animal nutrition and metabolism with emphasis on microbial methanogenesis in ruminants. Major Professor: Ermias Kebreab

Matthew Klein

Quantifying and reducing greenhouse gas emissions related to beef cattle production, improved forage production and grazing management and agricultural policy with a focus on improving connections between various stakeholders. Major Professor: Frank Mitloehner

Sarah Klopatek

  • Animal Biology Graduate Group Student
Beef cattle sustainability with emphasis on greenhouse gas mitigation and ruminant nutrition. Major Professor: James Oltjen

Lauren Kovanda

  • Animal Biology Graduate Group Student
Effects of organic acids on host defense peptide expression in porcine epithelial cells. Major Professor: Yanhong Liu

Jinghui Li

  • Animal Biology Graduate Group Student
Modular agricultural system on dairy farm; and Amino acids and nitrogen utilization on dairy cattle. Major Professor: Ermias Kebreab

Johnathon Li

  • Animal Biology Graduate Group Student
Proteomics, biochemical responses to environmental stress in fish. Major Professor: Dietmar Kueltz

Lyndsey Marsh

  • Animal Biology Graduate Group Student
Equine orthopedics, more specifically the effect of areana surface properties on joint angles and limb kinematics during show jumping. Major Professors: Sue Stover

Alice Mathews

  • Animal Biology Graduate Group Student
The relationship between dopamine, prolactin, and lactation in swine. Specifically, the effects of different dopamine antagonists on circulating prolactin, mammary gland development, milk production, and piglet growth performance. Major Professor: Russ Hovey

Catherine McVey

  • Animal Biology Graduate Group Student
Interested in developing novel algorithmic approaches to extracting indicators of behavior, welfare, and personality from livestock big data streams. Major Professor: Kristina Horback

Sebastian Mejia Turcios

  • Animal Biology Graduate Group
Ruminant nutrition. Beef cattle. Working towards sustainability and the reduction of greenhouse gases emission from beef cattle production. Major Professor: Frank Mitloehner

Leah Mellinger

  • Animal Biology Graduate Group Student
I am interested in how fish respond to environmental stressors ranging from biotic (such as parasites and pathogens) to abiotic (such as poor water quality and toxicants) and using those responses to map population health and potentially develop management tools for assessing population health. With the increasing threat of climate change and other anthropogenic stressors, developing strategies to assess how fish populations are coping is incredibly important. I am specifically interested in assessing Chinook salmon smolt physiological stress levels during their migration and smoltification as well as assessing forage fish species population health.

Amanda Morton

  • Animal Biology Graduate Group
Researching the effect of FSH on isolated preantral follicles collected from bovine ovaries. Major Professor: Anna Denicol

Maci Mueller

  • Animal Biology Graduate Group Student
Animal genomics and biotechnology in livestock production systems. Major Professor: Alison Van Eenennaam

Ashley Niesen

  • Animal Biology Graduate Group Student
Ruminant nutrition, the impact of mitochondrial development on health production in dairy cattle. Major Professor: Heidi Rossow

Morgan Orsolini

  • Animal Biology Graduate Group
Reproductive biology; embryology; conservation biology. Selection of equine sperm for intracytoplasmic sperm injection. Major Professors: Pouya Dini and Stuart Meyers

Michelle Pepping

  • Animal Biology Graduate Group Student
Conservation and management of salmonids focusing on genetics as an efficient method for tracking family success. Major Professor: Michael Miller

Carlyn Peterson

  • Animal Biology Graduate Group Student
Nutrition of livestock, mainly dairy cattle, and methods to manage and mitigate their environmental impacts. Major Professor: Frank Mitloehner

Jiayi Qu

  • Animal Biology Graduate Group Student
Linear programming in animal agriculture. Major Professor: Hao Cheng

Larken Root

  • Animal Biology Graduate Group Student
Aquaculture, Research for Development, Stress Physiology, salinity and temperature tolerance of Tilapia. Major Professor: Dietmar Kueltz

Breanna Roque

  • Animal Biology Graduate Group Student
Development of environmentally sustainable animal production models. Whole systems approach to reduce waste and emissions, while increasing financial stability in animal production and enhancement of nutrient utilization & determination of immunological effects, in dairy cattle, through alternative feeds. Major Professor: Ermias Kebreab

Elizabeth Ross

  • Animal Biology Graduate Group Student
Livestock sustainability and mitigation of air quality pollutants from beef and dairy animals. Major Professor: Frank Mitloehner

Claire Shaw

  • Animal Biology Graduate Group Student
Systems and functional microbiology with a focus on function of the gut microbiome. Major Professor: Matthias Hess

Delia Soto

  • Animal Biology Graduate Group Student
Reproductive biology with emphasis in mechanisms of germline specification and development, early embryonic development, stem cell deivation and differentitation. Major Professor: Pablo Ross

Yingxin Su

  • Animal Biology Graduate Group
Population genetics and genomics; wild-life conservation. Major Professor: Michael Miller

Linda Truong

Effects of nutrition and food waste/by products on health and growth of poultry; effects of heat stress on health of quails. Major Professor: Annie King

Celina Tu

  • Animal Biology Graduate Group
Looking into anticipatory behavior and how it responds to feeder enrichment in captive grizzly bears. Major Professor: Jason V. Watters

Ainhoa Valldecabres

  • Animal Biology Graduate Group Student
On field applicable research to improve health, production, reproduction and welfare of dairy cattle. Currently working on the evaluation of differenct management strategies. Major Professors: Noelia Silva-del-Rio

Marie Vasi

  • Animal Biology Graduacate Group Student
Monitoring and assessing ambient water quality and ecosystem health, including the effects and interactions of environmental physiochemical and contaminant stressors (e.g. pesticides, chemicals of emerging concern, endocrine disruptors) on native Delta fishes and invertebrates. Major Professors: Swee Teh

Javier Vazquez Morales

  • Animal Biology Graduate Group Student
Molecules involved in the fertilization process in mammals, and prepuberal regulation of Sertoli Cell proliferation. Major Professors: Trish Berger

Samantha Werth

  • Animal Biology Graduate Group Student
Livestock production and sustainability and air quality mitigation, focusing on beef and dairy cattle. Major Professor: Frank Mitloehner

Bo Zhang

Increasing fermentation acids and protein produced by rumen microbes; currently working on how rumen microbes ferment feed and produce protein digested by cattle. Major Professor: Timothy Hackmann