Taylor M. McWhorter, Ph.D., joined CDCB as a Geneticist in February 2023. Taylor studied at the University of Georgia (Athens, GA), where she received her bachelor’s degree in animal science and doctoral degree in quantitative genetics. Her Ph.D. research consisted of developing phenotypic and genomic selection tools for U.S. dairy producers. Taylor’s dissertation evaluated beef bull fertility in beef-on-dairy matings, heat tolerance of dairy cattle, and the genomic evaluation theory: single-step genomic BLUP (ssGBLUP). During her graduate studies, Taylor interned with CDCB and USDA Animal Genomics and Improvement Lab in 2019, as well as, Select Sires, Inc. in 2021-2022.