CDCB Invests in Interns as Next Gen Scientists

Written by CDCB

June 06, 2024

For the eighth year, CDCB is providing internships for the next generation of animal scientists.

Welcome Agustin Chasco, Gabriella Dodd and Gaurav Dutta, who will conduct research with scientists from CDCB and USDA AGIL during the summer of 2024.

Agustin Chasco is pursuing his PhD at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He earned a Master’s in quantitative genetics at UW-Madison and a Bachelor’s in agricultural engineering at the Universidad Nacional de Rio Cuarto focused in crop science. Agustin’s CDCB intern project will be investigating the impact of beef bulls bred to dairy animals on subsequent calving ease and stillbirth scores.

Gabriella Dodd is a second year PhD student in animal breeding and genetics at the University of Guelph under Dr. Christine Baes, studying novel fertility traits in dairy cattle. Gabriella’s previous education is at University of Connecticut with Bachelors’ degrees in applied mathematics and animal science, and a Masters in animal breeding and genetics under Dr. Breno Fragomeni. This summer, she will conduct analysis of hoof health and mobility data collected through the CDCB-University of Minnesota collaboration.

Gaurav Dutta is a PhD student at University of Connecticut in animal science / animal genomics under Dr. Breno Fragomeni. He completed his Bachelors in veterinary science and animal husbandry, and a Masters of veterinary science in animal genetics and breeding at universities in India. At CDCB, Gaurav will be exploring late phenotypic trends in fertility traits.