Brazilian-born Ronaldo Cerri joined our Faculty in September in the newly created role of Assistant Professor in Animal Reproduction.
Earlier this year, Cerri finished his post-doctoral research at the University of Florida and prior to that, he completed his MSc and PhD at the University of California, Davis. His original plan, when he was in veterinary school at San Paulo State University in Brazil, was to work with small animals but he soon changed his focus to dairy cows.
“I fell in love with them,” said Cerri, adding that the UBC Dairy Education and Research Centre was the main reason he was drawn to our Faculty.
“The combination of talented researchers, outstanding infrastructure at the UBC Dairy Education and Research Centre, and a robust dairy industry offers a unique environment to conduct research in animal reproduction,” said Cerri, adding that creating a strong research program and providing excellence in teaching are his main goals for this position.
Cerri’s research involves solving infertility problems in dairy cows.
“We push cows to produce a lot of milk, which affects their metabolism, and as a result reproduction has suffered,” he said. “I’m interested in how nutrition, animal health, animal behavior and animal welfare affect their reproduction.”
During the next year, Cerri will be spending a lot of time in Agassiz at the Dairy Education and Research Centre, where his main lab is located. He will begin teaching in the Fall of 2011.