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Steele Lab 2024

Steele Lab graduate students achieve six top-five finishes in competitions at ADSA

The Steele Lab represented the University of Guelph at the 2024 American Dairy Science Association (ADSA) annual meeting, showcasing 41 abstract presentations. Five of our graduate students received awards for their presentations, achieving six top-five finishes.

Congratulations to Amanda Fischer-Tlustos, Kayleigh Klein, Melinda Kovacs, Marijke Boerfyn, Julia Petrou and Dr. Lautaro Rostoll Cangiano (now on faculty at the University of Wisconsin – Madison).

Amanda Fischer-Tlustos

First place PhD Oral Competition for her study on colostrogenesis and mammary gland blood flow.

Novus International ADSA/EAAP travel award

Kayleigh Klein

Second place MSc Poster Competition for her study on colostrogenesis and IgG uptake by the mammary gland.

Melinda Kovacs

First place MSc Oral Competition for her study on immune cell profiles of crossbred and Holstein calves fed low and high quantities of colostrum.

Marijke Boerfyn

First place MSc Poster Competition for her study on immune cell profiles and functions in calves born from dams supplemented with a novel probiotic in late gestation.

Julia Petrou

Third place MSc Poster Competition for her study on histological and molecular adaptations of the mammary gland during colostrogenesis.

Dr. Lautaro Rostoll Cangiano

First place Literature Review entitled “Developmental adaptations of immune function in calves and the influence of the intestinal microbiota in health and disease”.

On the final day of the conference, Dr. David Renaud and two 2023 PhD graduates from the Steele lab, Drs. Koryn Hare and Lautaro Rostoll Cangiano were invited speakers at the colostrum symposium.  Dr. David Renaud highlighted all of the newly developed applications of colostrum after the first day of life to improve health during the pre-weaning and weaning period. Dr. Hare, who is currently conducting a postdoc at the University of Saskatchewan, discussed how pre-partum factors can impact colostrum composition. Dr. Lautaro Rostoll Cangiano, currently an Assistant Professor at the University of Wisconsin, shared findings on the impact of colostrum feeding on immune system development.

The impact of the Steele lab’s research with SCCL was on full display at ADSA, delivering insightful presentations and generating vibrant conversations. Kudos to the students and collaborators for making our colostrum research program with the SCCL a huge success.

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