1675 Observatory Dr
632 Animal Sciences
Madison, WI 53706
Dr. Laporta is originally from Uruguay, where she received a B.S. degree in Biology and a M.S. degree in Animal Science. She holds a Ph.D. in Dairy Science from UW-Madison (2014) and was a faculty member at the University of Florida for five years. She joined the Department of Animal and Dairy Sciences at UW-Madison in fall 2020 as an Assistant Professor in lactation physiology. Her program integrates mammary gland physiology with advances in management, genetics and nutrition to overcome challenges dairy cattle face across their lifetime, including increased susceptibility to the environment, metabolic disorders and immune suppression. Her research incorporates state-of-the-art molecular techniques to investigate how autocrine, systemic and environmental factors affect the regulation of mammary gland development and function, as well as milk synthesis and composition. She also investigates the underlying molecular mechanisms by which prenatal and postnatal stressors contribute to the programming of offspring’s future potential. By targeting these early life developmental windows, Dr. Laporta aims to develop management practices and therapeutic interventions to improve future health and productivity outcomes. Dr. Laporta’s outreach goal is to generate knowledge that can be translated into practical improvements while training future scientists and educating the community on the importance of the efficient production of sustainable dairy products.
Selected Peer-Reviewed Articles
Field SL, Marrero MG, Dado-Senn B, Skibiel AL, Ramos PM, Scheffler TL, Laporta J (2020) Peripheral serotonin regulates glucose and insulin metabolism in Holstein dairy calves. Domestic Animal Endocrinology. In-press
Fabris TF, Laporta J Skibiel AL, Dado-Senn B, Wohlgemuth S, Dahl GE (2020) Effect of heat stress during the early and late dry period on mammary gland development of Holstein dairy cattle. Journal of Dairy Science. In-press
Dado-Senn B, Ouellet V, Dahl GE, Laporta J (2020) Methods for assessing heat stress in pre-weaned dairy calves exposed to chronic heat stress or continuous cooling. Journal of Dairy Science. In-press
Laporta J, Ferreira FC, Ouellet V, Dado-Senn B, Almeida AK, DeVries A, Dahl GE (2020). Late-gestation heat stress impairs daughters and granddaughters’ lifetime performance. Journal of Dairy Science. In-press
Marrero MG, Field SL, Skibiel AL, Dado-Senn B, Driver JP, Laporta J (2020) Increasing serotonin bioavailability alters gene expression in peripheral leukocytes and lymphoid tissues of dairy calves. Scientific Reports 10(1):9712
Dado-Senn B., Laporta J, Dahl GE (2020) Carry over effects of late-gestational heat stress on dairy cattle progeny. Theriogenology 154:17-23
Ouellet V, Laporta J, Dahl GE (2020) Late gestation heat stress in dairy cows: effects on dam and daughter. Theriogenology. 150:471-479
Dahl GE, Tao S, Laporta J (2020) Heat stress impacts immune status in cows across the life cycle. Frontiers in Veterinary Science. 7:116
Dado-Senn B, Vega-Acosta L, Torres Rivera M, Field SL, Marrero MG, Davidson B, Tao S, Fabris TF, Ortiz-Colón G, Dahl GE, Laporta J (2020) Pre- and postnatal heat stress abatement impacts dairy calf thermoregulation and performance. Journal of Dairy Science 103(5):4822-4837
Miller-Cushon E, Horvath K, Fabris TF, Dahl GE, Laporta J (2019). Short Communication: Effects of mammary biopsy in the dry period on activity and feeding behavior of dairy cows. Journal of Dairy Science 102(12):11453-11458
Dado-Senn B, Skibiel AL, Fabris TF, Dahl GE, Laporta J (2019) Dry period heat stress induces microstructural changes in the lactating mammary gland. PLoS One 14(9):e0222120
Marrero MG, Dado-Senn B, Field Sena L, da Silva DR, Skibiel AL and Laporta J (2019) Increasing serotonin bioavailability in pre-weaned dairy calves impacts hematology, growth and behavior. Domestic Animal Endocrinology. 69:42-50
Dahl GE, Skibiel AL, Laporta J (2019). In utero heat stress programs reduced performance and health in calves. Veterinary Clinics of North America. 35(2): 343-353
Skibiel AL, Dado-Senn B, Fabris TF, Dahl GE, Laporta J (2018) In utero exposure to thermal stress has long-term effects on mammary gland microstructure and function in dairy cattle. PLoSOne. 16;13(10): e0206046
Skibiel AL, Peñagaricano F, Amorín R, Ahmed BM, Dahl GE, Laporta J (2018) In utero heat stress alters the offspring epigenome. Scientific Reports 8(1):14609
Dado-Senn B, Peñagaricano F, Skibiel AL, Fabris TF, Dahl GE, Laporta J (2018) RNA-Seq reveals novel genes and pathways involved in bovine mammary involution during the dry period and under environmental heat stress. Scientific Reports 8(1):11096
Selected Popular Press Articles
Dado-Senn and Laporta J (2020) Time of calf cooling matters Hoards Dairyman. April 8 issue [link]
Ouellet V, Dado-Senn B, Dahl GE and Laporta J (2020) What is the best way of assessing heat stress in dairy calves in a subtropical environment?). University of Florida Dairy Update newsletter.
Dado-Senn B and Laporta J (2019) Making Moo-ves in Dairy Calf Heat Stress Abatement. Florida Extension Dairy Update Newsletter. Vol. 19 No.1.
Laporta J and Dahl GE (2019) Late-gestation heat stress: lingering impacts on milk production for three generations. Hoards Dairyman. April 25 issue.
Dahl GE and Laporta J (2019) Dry Period Heat Stress Affects Cows’ Granddaughters. Dairy Nutrition Plus newsletter. Vol 15 (3):3.
Dado-Senn B, Dahl GE, Laporta J (2017) Cooled dry cows outperformed heat-stressed herd mates. Hoards Dairyman. August 10 issue.
Laporta J and Miller-Cushon E (2016). Heat stress has prolonged effects on dairy calves. Hoards Dairyman. October 25 issue.
American Dairy Science Association – Lactation Biology Committee (2018-2021).
Scientific Reports Editorial Board (2019 – present).
Associate Editor of Animal Management, Frontiers in Animal Science (2020).
Peer-reviewer for PLOS One, Scientific Reports, BMC Genomics, Journal of Dairy Science (2015-present)
2019 – University of Florida Dairy Science Club Outstanding Advisor.
2017 – Mentor of the Year Award. Department of Animal Sciences Graduate Student Association.
2016 – Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Award. Oak Ridge Associated Universities.
2015 – Young Dairy Scholar. Midwest Branch of Dairy Science Association.
2012 – Milk Producers Federation. Graduate student oral competition doctoral division, American Dairy Science Association, Joint Annual Meeting.
2009 – Paul F. Randel graduate student competition. Latin American Association of Animal Production, Puerto Rico.