Krisy Daniels
Rumen biology to better characterize morphological, metabolic, and microbial growth and development. Mammary biology to characterize and manipulate actions of the extracellular matrix proteoglycan decorin to study the effects on mammary growth and differentiation.


Christina Petersson-Wolfe
Milk quality and the prevention of mastitis.  Research involving the etiology of Enterococcus spp.; understanding survival and transmission of organism; examining infectivity of organism; mechanisms involved in control of disease including antimicrobial treatment.

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Students interested in pursuing
graduate studies in Dairy Science at
Virginia Tech should correspond
directly with a faculty member
listed on this page or write to:

Dr. Michael Akers
Horace E. and Elizabeth F. Alphin
Professor & Graduate Studies Chair
Department of Dairy Science (0315) 
175 West Campus Drive
Blacksburg, VA  24061 

phone (540) 231-8895

Nutrition and Feeding


Benjamin Corl
Nutritional biochemistry and metabolism.  Research on lipid metabolism-molecular/cellular regulation of milk and body fat synthesis and composition.


Mark Hanigan
Nutritional physiology and metabolic modeling.  Current research is focused on the regulation of major nutrient metabolism withemphasis on nitrogen effieciency.


Katharine Knowlton
Ruminant Nutrition and Nutrient Management.  Nutritional and management approaches to minimizing environmental impact of dairy farms.


Breeding Genetics


Rebecca Cockrum
Identification of markers and pathways associated with economically relevant traits in dairy cattle for marker-assisted selection.



Gonzalo Ferreira
Evaluation of how agronomic practices and abiotic stresses affect the nutritional composition of forages, as well as dairy cattle production performance and nutrient utilization.


Other faculty and staff members contribute significantly to graduate programs as experienced consultants 

 Shane Brannock

Director, Virginia Tech Dairy Complex

Coordinator and manager of research, teaching, and extension activities at the Dairy Cattle Center   


Dave Winston
Lecturer in Dairy Science and Extension Dairy Scientist, 4-H Youth

Coordinator of state dairy youth program

Youngstock management practices for dairy producers and professional dairy heifer growers