Katie Schilling

 Katie Schilling
Mentor: Dr. Jeremy Block
College of Agricultural and Life Sciences
"I grew up with a passion for working with animals. I have spent a lot of my undergraduate career shadowing veterinarians and working in animals clinics, so I wanted to experience the other side of working in the food animal industry. Working in research has shown me the potential for improving animal health through genetic selection."


Animal Sciences



Research Interests

  • Bovine Reproduction
  • Equine Reproduction and Genetics
  • Equine Nutrition

Academic Awards

  • James and Judith Groff Scholarship
  • National Society of Collegiate Scholars
  • Mortar Board Honor Society


  • Delta Gamma Fraternity
  • Pre-Professional Service Organization
  • Pre-Veterinary Medicine Club


  • Beauty's Haven Equine Rescue
  • Service for Sight Foundation
  • Operation Catnip

Hobbies and Interests

  • Soccer
  • Horseback Riding
  • Running

Research Description

Effect of L-carnitine, conjugated linoleic acid (t10:c12), forskolin and phenazine ethosulfate on expression of genes involved in lipid synthesis and metabolism in bovine embryos produced in-vitro
"The ultimate goal of this research is to improve the practical application of in-vitro embryo production technologies so that commercial dairy and beef producers in Florida and throughout the United States can reap the benefits of this technology for improving production efficiency, sustainability and profitability. Further elucidation of the mechanism by which metabolic regulators improve embryo survival to cryopreservation can lead to improvements in embryo culture conditions that produce embryos with enhanced capacity to establish and maintain pregnancy following cryopreservation, thus increasing the practical application and utilization of in-vitro embryo production technologies for commercial beef and dairy producers.