Animal Sciences Graduate Students



Animal & Equine Science

Our graduate students are some of the most up and coming research from around the world. We pride ourselves in having a diverse set of individuals with skills sets in all areas.


Faith Baier:

Faith Baier recently completed her B.S. in Animal Science at the University of Wisconsin – River Falls. She is now a Master’s student under Dr. Grandin. Her research interests include livestock behavior and welfare as well as humane handling and transport.

Brianna Britton:

Brie is a master’s student in the Meat Science program in our Animal Science department. She is originally from Central Point, Oregon, where she was actively involved in both 4-H and FFA. She received her Associates in Animal Science from Redlands Community College and was a member of the livestock evaluation team. She then transferred to Colorado State University and was a member of the 2014 livestock evaluation team and participated in numerous clubs and activities. Brie received her Bachelors’ of Science in Animal Science from CSU in 2015 before choosing to continue her studies in our graduate program.

Ashley Budde:

Ashley is a masters student in the Department of Animal Sciences with a research emphasis in Feedlot Nutrition. She is a native of California, where she showed livestock in youth livestock organizations. She has earned two Associates of Science in Animal Science and Agriculture Business from Modesto Junior College, and a Bachelor’s of Science in Animal Science from California State University, Fresno. Ashley’s current research at CSU is focused on mineral supplementation for feedlot cattle. Along with this, she is a teaching assistant for Introduction to Food Animal Science, Principles of Nutrition, and Feedlot System courses.

Sarah Dideriksen:

Sarah Dideriksen is currently pursuing her Master of Science in Animal Sciences with a concentration in Beef Management Systems at Colorado State University. As a Fort Collins native, Sarah has always had a strong connection to CSU. Sarah completed her undergraduate degree in Communication Studies at CSU, but found her passion for animal sciences toward the end of her undergraduate years. Through hands-on experiences with local beef producers, she found a passion for the beef industry and the people who make up the beef community. Sarah plans to continue to advance her knowledge of the beef industry, specifically about the needs and priorities of Colorado beef producers. Away from CSU, Sarah enjoys spending time with her family and exploring her home state.

Heather Foxworthy:

Heather Foxworthy was born and raised in Northern California where she was involved in her parents’ livestock operations, this included raising sheep, goats, and horses. After attending a local junior college she completed her undergraduate degree at California State University, Chico where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Animal Science with a focus on beef cattle production. In the fall of 2017 she was accepted into the M.S. program in the Department of Animal Sciences at Colorado State University. Under the guidance of Drs. Mark Enns and Scott Speidel, Heather is a team member of the Animal Breeding and Genetics group where her primary interest includes quantitative genetics. Specifically Heather’s interests include Brisket Disease in beef cattle, a disorder affecting cattle in high altitudes, and it’s effects on cattle reproduction. Career goals for Heather include working for a beef cattle breed association to better adapt more efficient cattle to the environment for production in the future. Interests outside of beef cattle includes hiking, hunting, and being outdoors. She is expected to graduate in May of 2019.

Luke Fuerniss:

Luke was raised in Loveland, Colorado, where he grew up showing hogs, judging livestock, and playing football. While competing in 4-H, he was a member of a State Champion Livestock Judging Team and a National Champion Livestock Quiz Bowl Team. Luke attended Casper College in Casper, Wyoming, and completed Associate’s degrees in both Animal Science and Agri-business while competing on the livestock judging team and serving as treasurer of the student body. He then transferred to Colorado State University to complete his Bachelor’s degree in Animal Science. While at CSU, Luke finished his collegiate judging career as a 2-time All-American and served as President of the Collegiate Livestock Association. He interned with Sullivan Supply, Trans Ova Genetics, and USDA FSIS during his undergraduate summers while also judging hog and cattle shows in the Western US. He is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Meat Science under Dr. Jennifer Martin and serving as the Assistant Livestock Judging Coach.

Meredith Harrison:

Meredith is a Master of Science student at Colorado State University where she is studying Beef Management Systems. Meredith’s passion for agriculture began in the equine industry. During her undergraduate career as an Animal Science student her interests shifted from the horse industry to the meat industry. She interned at a JBS beef processing facility during the summer of 2016. During her internship she realized her interests more closely aligned with beef management, as she desired to improve carcass quality and further educate consumers in an attempt to eliminate negative stigmas surrounding beef production. This interest shift inspired her to pursue her Master’s degree. After gaining industry experience, Meredith aspires to obtain her PhD. In her free time, Meredith enjoys acrylic painting and hiking with her dog, Raven.

Caitlin Horne:

Caitlin is a Southern California native and an agriculture convert. She attended the University of California, Davis where she completed a B.S. in Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems and a minor in Animal Science. After graduation, she caught the ranching bug and moved to Alamosa, Colorado to work for a cattle and bison ranch. During her time working for a different ranch outside Colorado Springs, a chance encounter is what set her on her path to CSU. She is now a graduate student in the Beef Management Systems graduate group working to classify Colorado range forage quality in order to help ranchers make better decisions for their livestock and land. In the future, she hopes to make a career out of being a resource for farmers, ranchers, and land managers by working in cooperative extension.

Nicole Jones:

Nicole Jones relocated from Orlando to Fort Collins, Colorado in the fall of 2012 to pursue an undergraduate degree at Colorado State University. She studied both Animal and Equine Science under a dual-major degree and graduated in the spring of 2016. During her undergraduate career, she fell in love with the science behind animal nutrition and was an avid member of Horse Judging Team, having placed as the High Individual in the 2014 National Arab horse judging competition. Combining her passion for agriculture, nutrition and environmental stability, she began a Master’s degree in the animal nutrition field under Dr. Shawn Archibeque at CSU with a specialization in an environmental approach to animal feeding. She has been working exclusively with the mineral zeolite in her research endeavors and its impact both nutritionally and environmentally. In her spare time she enjoys riding and showing horses, traveling and seeing all that Colorado has to offer.

Hannah Kesterson:

Hannah Kesterson is from Alliance, Nebraska. She completed her Bachelor’s degree in Ag Business at the University of Nebraska – Lincoln, with a minor of Animal Science. In August she started at CSU, and is currently working toward a Master’s degree in Meat Science under the direction of Dr. Woerner and Dr. Martin.

Isabelle Kunz:

Isabelle Kunz is a graduate student pursuing her Master’s degree in Animal Science as part of the Breeding and Genetics research group. Her work focuses on applying molecular approaches to understanding dynamics of the equine gastrointestinal microbiome in the Equine Genetics laboratory with Dr. Stephen Coleman. Current research projects include investigating the effects of anthelmintic administration on the equine fecal microbiome and the development of the gastrointestinal microbial populations within newborn foals. Prior to attending CSU, Isabelle earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Equine Science and Management from the University of Kentucky in 2015. In addition to research, Isabelle is passionate about teaching and is an avid horseback rider.

Jennifer Levey:

Jennifer Levey is in the second year of her Master’s Degree at Colorado State University. She works in the meat science group studying with Dr. Jennifer Martin. Her current research interest is in ground beef spoilage and the role microbes play in producing organic volatile compounds. However, I am also interested in the impact of meat in the human diet, and pathogens of concern to human health.

Miriam Martin:

Miriam is a Master’s student in Livestock Behavior and Welfare; studying under the direction of Dr. Temple Grandin. She grew up in north central Missouri on a cattle and swine operation and has an undergraduate degree in Animal Sciences from the University of Missouri. She hopes to better the commercial livestock industry through improved welfare protocol implementation.

Matthew McQuagge:

Matthew McQuagge is pursuing a Master’s degree in Equine Reproduction under Dr. Jason Bruemmer. He grew up in Florida being involved in both the horse and beef cattle industries and received his Bachelor’s in Animal Science from the University of Florida. Prior to attending CSU, Matthew spent two years working on a feedlot for Cactus Feeders in southwest Kansas. He hopes to eventually find a career in extension or production that combines his interests in both the beef and horse industries.

Courtney Pierce:

Courtney Pierce is a master’s student in Animal Breeding and Genetics. She grew up on a small farm in Eastern Washington where her family raised a variety of animals. During her undergraduate studies, she attended Washington State University where she received a Bachelor of Science in Animal Sciences with an emphasis in management. Her current research is focused on identifying quantitative trait loci associated with grazing distribution traits in beef cattle.

Kailee Reed:

Kailee Reed was born and raised in Lakewood, Colorado and completed her B.S. degree from the Equine Science program at Colorado State University. She is currently working on her M.S. degree in the Breeding and Genetics program under Dr. Stephen Coleman in the Equine Breeding and Genetics Laboratory. Her research focuses on gene expression along the gastrointestinal tract of the horse and the dynamics of the equine gastrointestinal microbiome, specifically how the microbial communities correlate to intestinal epithelial health. Kailee also enjoys riding her horses and spending time with her family.

Ashley Reisenauer:

Ashley Reisenauer is currently pursuing her master’s degree in Equine Reproduction under Dr. Bruemmer. She recently completed her Bachelor degrees at Colorado State University in Equine Science and Agriculture Business. She grew up in Eastern Washington on her family farm raising a variety of crops, cattle and horses. She enjoys riding her horses, spending time with family and being outside. Her current research is involved in maternal recognition of pregnancy in horses and specifically looking at different proteins in pregnant mare endometrium.

Kayla Rink:

Kayla Rink is completing a Master’s degree program in Animal Sciences under the guidance of Dr. Noa Román-Muñiz. Her thesis project aims to assess stakeholder perceptions of one of the most widely used dairy animal care programs in the United States- The FARM Animal Care Program. She obtained a Bachelor’s of Science in Animal Science and a minor in Agricultural Literacy at CSU last May. Kayla grew up on a small hobby farm in Farmington, Minnesota and moved to Colorado in 2009. Over the last six years, Kayla has worked on small and large dairies in Colorado gaining experience in herdsmanship, breeding, and management. She is passionate about working to better the welfare of dairy cows and collaborating with the people in the dairy industry. In her spare time, Kayla enjoys volunteering, organizing educational and community events with the regional dairy association, and managing her and her husband’s herd of Angus and Hereford cattle. After obtaining her Masters degree in May of 2018, Kayla hopes to continue to work with dairy producers to advance current animal welfare initiatives in the industry.

Saleh Salman:

Saleh Salman, an Egyptian Fulbright Graduate Student, is pursuing his Master’s degree in Animal Breeding and Genetics at Colorado State University. Previously, Saleh graduated from Assiut University, Egypt with a Bachelor degree in Animal Production, 2012. He was the top of his class with a 3.62 GPA, thus being hired as a Teaching and Research assistant at Assiut University, where he accumulated 4 years of academic experience. Meanwhile; he finished his Masters of course-work at Assiut University in Animal Physiology with a 3.85 GPA, 2015. Finally, Saleh has been awarded the prestigious Fulbright scholarship not only to study MSc at CSU but also to promote mutual understanding between the two nations Egypt and the USA.

Morgan Schaeperkoetter:

Morgan recently completed her undergraduate degrees in Animal Science and Agriculture Business at Northwest Missouri State in Maryville, Missouri. She is a master’s student at Colorado State University studying Livestock Behavior and Welfare under Dr. Temple Grandin. Her research interests are within the swine industry specifically looking at behavior, handling, and welfare from transportation to and throughout processing facilities.

Alex Schaff :

Alex is a DVM/Master’s student in Dairy Systems under the advisement of Dr. Noa Roman-Muniz. He received his BA in Biology with a minor in Philosophy from Colgate University in Hamilton, NY. For his Master’s thesis, he is studying anaerobic digestion as a waste management system for converting dairy manures into biofuels and biofertilizers for on-farm energy use and nutrient recycling purposes. His broader interest is to strengthen the economic, social and environmental sustainability of agriculture, which includes protecting public health, animal welfare, and rural vitality. Together with his friends, family and mentors, his major influences are Aldo Leopold, Bill Mollison, Temple Grandin, Rudolf Steiner, Masanobu Fukuoka, Allan Savory, Tara Rodríguez Besosa, Michael Pollan, Bernard Rollin, Mark Shepard, La Via Campesina, Daniel Quinn, Wendell Berry, Peter McCoy, Rachel Carson, Richard Heinberg, Carlo Petrini and Cesar Chavez.

Kevin Thomas:

Kevin Thomas was born in Tampa and raised in Oviedo, Florida. While in high school, Kevin began working at a McDonalds where he began to take an interest in the food industry. Following high school graduation, Kevin attended Florida State University where he received a Bachelor’s degree in Food Science and Nutrition with a minor in chemistry. It was at FSU that he discovered his passion for food safety as he found he was able to apply what was learned from coursework to real-life scenarios that occurred while serving tables at Longhorn Steakhouse. These experiences led Kevin to Fort Collins, Colorado where he is currently pursuing a Master’s of Science degree and working as a graduate research assistant at the Center for Meat Science and Quality at Colorado State University. Kevin’s research interests include food safety and the use of bioinformatic tools and next-generation sequencing to study antimicrobial resistance of foodborne pathogens found in retail meats.

Ana Velasquez:

Ana is a DVM from Universidad Austral de Chile. As student her interests were related to Ovine and Bovine productions. For her thesis, Ana worked with a large data set of Chilean dairy herds to determine incidence of subclinical mastitis. Once graduated, she completed two years of internships in conventional and organic dairy farms in the United States. As part of her curiosity, she lived and worked in the Australian dairy industry until became a CSU student in fall 2016. Her research interests as M.S. student at Dairy System Laboratory are dairy calf and cow: health, behavior and wellbeing.



Aerial Belk:

Aeriel is a Ph.D. student in Animal Sciences with a focus on meat science and the microbiome. She has an extensive background in the subject that she developed while raising cattle, showing livestock, and competing on the Livestock and Meats Judging Teams in 4-H. She decided to continue with her interests in the field by pursuing an undergraduate degree in Animal Sciences at CSU while simultaneously working in several research labs: investigating the role of miRNAs in equine reproduction, studying novel antimicrobial treatments on meat safety, and assisting in several meat quality and shelf-life studies. After graduation, she completed a Master’s degree in Animal Science, with certificates in Meat Science and Food Safety, from Texas A&M University. Her thesis topic was comparing the prevalence of Salmonella in beef lymph nodes across feeding stages and feedlot locations. She returned to CSU for a doctoral degree with a focus on microbiome research under Dr. Metcalf. She is currently involved in several studies relating to the role of the microbiome in decomposition in the post-mortem interval.

Ryan Boldt:

Ryan Boldt was born and raised on a small sheep operation in Longmont, Colorado. Growing up Ryan was actively involved in 4-H and FFA. Upon, graduation of high school Ryan received a scholarship to judge livestock at Colby Community College in Colby, Kansas. There he earned an Associate of Science Degree with a focus in Animal Science. Then, Ryan attended Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas where he received a Bachelor of Animal Science degree. Currently, Ryan is a graduate student at Colorado State University studying Breeding and Genetics. His Master’s project focused on looking at the genetic relationship between fertility and other production traits in Red Angus cattle. Currently, his research is focusing on the role that genetics play in cattle’s susceptibility to respiratory disease.

Brittney Bullard:

Brittney Bullard is a Ph.D. student in the Meat Science program. Her research focuses primarily on food safety in meat systems with an interest in ready-to-eat meat products and Listeria monocytogenes control. She was raised in Santa Maria, CA and her first introduction to agriculture was through 4-H showing beef cattle and other livestock. She currently lives in Wellington, CO with her husband where they have found a love for Northern Colorado and hope to raise a family. She received her Bachelors of Science in Animal Science from Cal Poly as well as a Master’s degree in Animal Sciences from Colorado State University. She hopes during her graduate and professional careers she can make an impact on the meat industry in Colorado as well in the rest of the country by improving the industry and mentoring young leaders of the future.

Natalie Crawford:

Natalie Crawford is a PhD candidate in the Animal Breeding & Genetics group with a focus in Molecular Genetics under Dr. Milt Thomas and Dr. Stephen Coleman. Natalie completed both her Bachelors and Masters degrees at Colorado State University in Animal Science. Her dissertation research project is focused on pulmonary hypertension and pulmonary arterial pressures in beef cattle. More specifically, she is seeking to determine the influence of calcium-regulated genes or variants associated with increasing risk of pulmonary hypertension development and heart failure in cattle, as calcium availability is influential to cardiac functionality. The objective of her research project is to determine a more appropriate means of breeding and selecting cattle for decreased disease susceptibility. Natalie plans to graduate in Summer 2018.

Haley Davis:

Haley is a PhD student in Meat Science. She is originally from Bakersfield, CA and she was actively involved in FFA prior to college. Haley made the decision to attend CSU where she has completed her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Animal Sciences. Both her Master’s and Doctoral research are primarily focused in food safety, and she is currently working on a new application of antimicrobials via electrostatic technology. Haley hopes to continue working in food safety, and is proud to be a CSU Ram!

Heather Deel:

Heather was born and raised in Houston, Texas where she got her BS in Biology at Sam Houston State University. There, she became familiar with the body, which through various events, led her to pursue her PhD in Cell and Molecular Biology at CSU! Her hobbies include reading, video games, her cat, and exploring Colorado, as it is still very new to her!

Blanchefort A Djimsa:

Blanchefort A. Djimsa joined the Center for Meat Safety & Quality in Fall 2016. He did his undergraduate in Food engineering at the University of Lome (Togo).While working on an online master’s degree in animal production and sustainable management from the National Tunisian agricultural Institute, he got selected as 2014-2016 Fulbright scholar to complete a master’s degree in food science at Oklahoma State University. He is working toward a PhD under Dr. Dale Woerner with a focus on meat quality. His research aims at understanding the impact of post-harvest technologies such as chilling and electrical stimulation on beef tenderness, juiciness and color. Blanchefort grew up in Moundou (Chad).

Katelyn Fritsche:

Katelyn, is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Animal Sciences with concentrations of study in both Beef Systems and Reproductive Physiology, working under both Dr. Ahola and Dr. Rhoades. Her current research is centralized on a synchronization protocol in beef cows, in collaboration with Kansas State University and Idaho State University, focusing on the timing of GnRH injections. Katelyn was raised in southwestern Nebraska, as sixth generation on her family’s farming and ranching operation. She grew up showing Angus cattle, and livestock judging. She went to junior college on a full ride scholarship to livestock judge at Casper College in Wyoming, where she graduated with her Associate’s in Animal Sciences. She then made the decision to transfer to Colorado State University to continue her education. Since transferring, Katelyn has accomplished her Bachelor’s in Animal Sciences, as well as her Master’s in Biomedical Sciences specializing in Assisted Reproductive Technologies. Her drive for work in the livestock reproduction field is what has motivated her to also pursue her Ph.D. here at CSU, in order to obtain the qualifications needed for her to fully follow her passions and accomplish her goals in the livestock industry.

Cody Gifford:

Cody Gifford is a graduate student in Animal Sciences pursuing a Ph.D. Cody grew up in Lovell, Wyoming, on a small family operated farm and was very active in 4-H and FFA programs. He received a B.S. degree in Animal Sciences, a M.S. degree in Animal Sciences and M.S. degree in Food Science & Human Nutrition at Colorado State University. His research focus includes nutrition and flavor of meat in the human diet. He enjoys interacting with students as a teaching assistant and working with graduate students, staff and faculty throughout the department.

Sam Jalali:

Sam Jalali is a Ph.D. candidate at Colorado State University. He received his BSc in Agricultural Engineering and his MSc in Animal Physiology in Iran. He also has a MAGR degree from Colorado State University in Integrated Resource Management. Sam has a broad range of experiences in construction, business, and production agriculture. He is passionate about finding better solutions for producers to become more profitable in their businesses while sustaining an environmentally friendly business. He enjoys conducting field research, working in the laboratory, as well as working side by side with producers. Sam has been working with CSU’s nutrition group since 2014 and has authored and co-authored several posters and papers. Recently he was able to submit a provisional patent for one of his innovative ideas which will help the industry immensely both from an environmental and financial standpoint. Sam takes joy in introducing new technologies into the agriculture industry, especially those that have a potential to benefit the environment and animal welfare. In his free time, Sam enjoys watching documentaries and is an avid reader. He also loves riding his bike and is an experienced swimmer and golfer.

Kaysie Jennings:

Kaysie Jennings completed her B.S. and M.S. degrees at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, TN. She is now pursuing a Ph.D. in Animal Breeding and Genetics under the guidance of Drs. Milt Thomas and Stephen Coleman. Her research focuses on how breeding and genetics can be utilized to reduce incidence of high altitude disease in cattle.

Mo Jia:

Mo Jia joined Colorado State University as a Ph.D student in 2015. His research focuses on using molecular genetic methods to solve questions for foodborne pathogens. He studies the CRISPR/Cas9 system to reduce pathogenic population specifically. Mo also investigated to eliminate pathogens with natural herb extracts. He received his bachelor degree in animal science at Colorado State University in 2012, and finished his master degree at South Dakota State University in 2014.

Elizabeth Johnstone:

Elizabeth is starting her first year in the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine and Master of Animal Science combined program under Dr. Lily Edwards-Callaway. She has a focus in livestock welfare and behavior and once in veterinary school, hopes to focus on livestock medicine and surgery. After graduating in 2013 from Skidmore College in upstate NY, with the intent to pursue the law, Elizabeth moved around several times, from New York City to North Carolina to Wisconsin and California. She changed career paths and returned to school to complete pre-veterinary course work before moving to Colorado to pursue these two degrees. Elizabeth has two dogs, both pit bull mixes, and an old fat cat who manages the household.

Helen C. Kline:

Helen C. Kline was born in Texas and is a PhD graduate student in Animal Sciences, Livestock Behavior and Welfare from Colorado State University. She received a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science from Texas A&M University Department of Animal Sciences. Her research interests include transportation of livestock welfare and on farm welfare. She enjoys extension and working with students as a graduate teaching assistant.

Kristin Klohonatz:

Kristin Klohonatz is a Ph.D. candidate under the guidance of Dr. Jason Bruemmer. She completed her B.S. at The Pennsylvania State University with a degree in Animal Sciences and a minor in Equine Science. During this time she spent all of her extra time working on equine breeding farms which led her to pursue her Master’s in Animal Science focusing on Equine Reproduction at Colorado State University, completed in 2013 with Dr. Bruemmer. She is continuing to pursue Equine Reproduction with Dr. Bruemmer and her dissertation is focused on maternal recognition of pregnancy in the mare. Along with her research she is a teaching assistant for multiple equine and animal science courses.

Bethany Cornwell Krehbiel:

Bethany Cornwell Krehbiel grew up on her family farm in Kansas where she raised registered Angus and commercial cattle, and crops like wheat, soybeans, corn, and alfalfa. Her interest in the agriculture industry led her to her major at Kansas State University in Animal Science and Agricultural Communications, with a minor in journalism and mass communications. Beth received her Bachelor’s Degree from KSU in Dec. 2013 and was interested in pursuing a Master’s Degree in Breeding and Genetics. This led her to Colorado State University where she is currently a graduate student and an employee of the USDA-ARS-National Animal Germplasm Program. Beth has completed her Master’s degree and will continue to pursue a Ph.D. in Beef Management Systems at Colorado State University.

Anna Clare Monlezun:

Although today a passionate Coloradoan, Anna Clare Monlezun was born and raised in rural southwest Louisiana. After graduating as Valedictorian, she pursued her earliest academic interests in the arts and psychology and achieved a BA from the University of Colorado in Comparative Literature and Humanities, then an MA in Community Counseling from Appalachian State University. More pivotally, she completed a post-graduate certificate at the European Graduate School in Switzerland, where she also met her husband, a Sicilian countryman and cowboy at heart. She soon realized she could unite her skills in counseling and consultation with her desire to return to her roots and country life. After living and working in Italy, Anna Clare and Giovanni returned to Colorado to create a more stable future. Like pieces of an orchestra coming together, Anna Clare found her way into Colorado State University’s Animal Sciences department where she is ultimately pursuing a PhD. Anna Clare’s research and area of great interest is the interface of domesticated herbivores and the land, specifically regenerative ranching. Due to her professional experience in conflict management and solution-focused consultation, her study is also the story of a progressive collaboration between a public lands organization and privately owned livestock. Anna Clare is interested in how to effectively manage grazing, so that there is mutual benefit to animal performance and meat production as well as to land conservation goals. In her personal life, Anna Clare and her husband own and operate a multispecies farm, which markets local, pasture-raised meats. They also enjoy riding and camping with their horses and farm-pup, Elly. Anna Clare and Giovanni recently welcomed their first son into the world, the most precious farm baby yet!

Sushil Paudyal:

Sushil is a PhD student at Colorado State University working on Dairy herd health management. Sushil got his DVM from Tribhuvan University, Nepal and MS in animal health from WTAMU, Canyon, TX. His project is concentrated on early detection, prevention and management of dairy cattle diseases using precision dairy technologies in conventional and organic dairy farms. Sushil’s research interest includes animal health clinical trials, transition cattle diseases, metabolic diseases of dairy cattle, reproductive management in dairy cattle, precision dairy technologies, dairy herd health management and dairy management decision support. Sushil likes to read and go outdoors on his leisure time.

Arquimides Antonio Reyes:

Arquimides Antonio Reyes, was born in San Miguel, El Salvador. Arquimides spent 11 years in El Salvador before immigrating to Austin, Texas where he attended high school and was involved in FFA, Student Council, and UIL sports. In August of 2010, he enrolled at Texas A&M University and graduated in 2013 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Animal Science with a certificate of Meat Science and a minor in Agriculture Economics. Following his Bachelor degree, he started working at Pak Quality Foods in San Angelo as a sales representative. During this time, he also attended Angelo State University pursuing a Master of Science degree in Animal Science with emphasis in Meat and Food Science. While at Angelo State, he also coached the 2015 National Champion Intercollegiate Meat Science Quiz Bowl Team. After graduating from ASU in December of 2016, Arquimides enrolled at Colorado State University and is now pursuing a doctoral degree in Animal Science with an emphasis in meat quality and food safety. His research interests include beef quality and pre- and post-harvest food safety interventions.

Miguel A. Sánchez-Castro:

Miguel received his Veterinary Medicine Degree from the Instituto Tecnológico de Sonora (ITSON) in 2013 and his Masters in Sciences in Animal Production Systems by the Autonomous University of Baja California (UABC) in 2016. During his master’s studies, Miguel conducted a research stay in the department of Animal Sciences of Colorado State University from January to July of 2015, and a year later, he finally joined CSU as a PhD student in the academic program of Breeding & Genetics. Miguel’s previous research focused on understanding the genetic basis of the adaptability of Holstein cows to heat stress, and now, his research focus is on the adaptability of Angus cattle to high altitudes.

Hugo Da Costa Santos:

Hugo was born and raised in São Paulo/SP, Brazil. His dream to work with animals started very early while working on his family farm during the summers. After high school, he moved to Pirassununga to start his undergrad program in Animal Sciences at the University of São Paulo. There, he participated in several extracurricular activities including event and people management, research and extension programs, and a one year exchange program at the University of California, Davis. He did several internship rotations with different animal production related areas and found his passion within animal physiology and nutrition. After acquiring his bachelor degree, Hugo decided to invest more in himself and applied for graduate school at Colorado State University. Nowadays, Hugo is working on his PhD program in Animal Nutrition with his research emphasized in microRNA profiles associated with development and persistence of equine metabolic syndrome.

Gilberto Solano:

Gilberto Solano is a Veterinary Doctor from Colombia. He interned for 1 year in Aurora Organic Dairy, (Texas, USA), and for 8 months in a Voluntary Milking System in Australia. He graduated from National University of Colombia in 2012; his focus is on Dairy Herd Health. He was part of a metritis research directed by Dr. Pablo Pinedo (J. Dairy Sci. 100:1-11) and a reproduction research directed by Dr. Juan Romano (Theriogenology Volume 90, 1 March 2017, Pages 219-227). He actually is Research Assistant with Dr. Pablo Pinedo in the Department of Animal Sciences at Colorado State University.

Dana Wagner:

Dana Wagner is a PhD student under Dr. Temple Grandin. She received her B.S. and M.S. in Animal Science at the University of Wisconsin – Madison in 2012 and 2014, respectively. Research interests include cattle consciousness and stunning, feedlot cattle welfare, and equine behavior. Her current project focus involves investigations into cattle stunning efficacy in commercial settings. When not working on her PhD, Ms. Wagner enjoys riding dressage, hiking trails in Colorado, and swimming.

Maggie Weinroth:

Maggie is currently a Ph.D. student in the meat science group. Her research is focused on the application of emerging technologies to reduce the burden of foodborne illness associated with livestock production. Past research projects have included understanding the role of common antimicrobials on feedlot cattle resistomes and microbiomes and quantifying differences in virulence factors associated with differing rearing practices. Her current research is focuses include a longitudinal study of major livestock species and their contributions to end product antibiotic resistance and quantifying the resistome of U.S. cull cattle.

Carla Weissend:

Carla Weissend is a Ph.D. student studying under the direction of Dr. Jennifer Martin. She is studying meat science with an emphasis on meat safety. Carla is from Montgomery, Alabama where she grew up exhibiting livestock and helping with her family’s small purebred Hereford operation. Carla attended Auburn University where she completed her B.S. in Animal Sciences and her M.S. in Beef Cattle Nutrition. Upon completion of her doctorate, Carla would like to spend time gaining industry experience before returning to academia.

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