Welcome to Dr. Cardoso’s Dairy Nutrition and Reproduction Research Laboratory. The Dairy Focus Lab was created in 2012 when Dr. Cardoso accepted a position in the Department of Animal Sciences at the University of Illinois. Currently, the Laboratory consists of Dr. Cardoso, a communications specialist, graduate students, and a number of undergraduate students.

The Lab is aware of and committed to meeting the challenges of the Illinois dairy industry and dairy farmers at large. These principles give the basis for the research program and future collaborations within and outside the UI’s Department of Animal Sciences.

Research at Dairy Focus is grounded in two major areas: 1) mechanisms of metabolic adaptation from gestation to lactation in dairy cows (transition period), and 2) impact of nutrition on metabolism, reproduction and health in dairy cows. Students and Dr. Cardoso have the opportunity to collaborate and work on projects relating to these areas as well as the conjunction between them. Our focus is on dairy cow nutrition, reproduction, and the results of its combination.