Rafael Bisinotto, DVM, PhD, MS

Rafael Bisinotto

Contact Info


Office Phone 612-625-3130

Fax 612-625-6241

Office Address:
A318 Veterinary Medical Center
1365 Gortner Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55108

Mailing Address:
225 Veterinary Medical Center
1365 Gortner Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55108

DVM, College of Veterinary Medicine and Animal Sciences, University of São Paulo (2007)

PhD Department of Animals Sciences, University of Florida (2014)

MS Department of Animal Sciences, University of Florida (2010)


I was born in Campinas, Brazil. I worked as an intern at the Agricultural Institute of Campinas with biotechnologies applied to potato cropping during 2001. During my DVM program (2003 to 2007), I worked in commercial dairy farms and beef ranches with focus on reproductive management of cattle. From 2005 to 2006, I worked under the supervision of Dr. Mário Binelli in the Laboratory of Molecular Physiology and Endocrinology studying the effects of follicular estradiol on luteal lifespan and length of the estrous cycle in beef cows. In 2007, I completed an exchange program with Dr. José Eduardo P. Santos at the Veterinary Medicine Teaching and Research Center, University of California - Davis. I completed a MS in Animal Molecular and Cellular Biology and a PhD in Animal Sciences with focus on dairy cattle reproduction, both under the supervision of Dr. José Eduardo P. Santos at the University of Florida. In 2015, I worked as a post-doctoral associate with Dr. Rodrigo C. Bicalho at the College of Veterinary Medicine, Cornell University, studying changes in milk microbiome during clinical mastitis and virulence factors associated with uterine diseases in dairy cows.

Awards & Recognition

National Milk Producers Federation Richard M. Hoyt Award, 2015


Research Summary/Interests

Biology of reproduction

  • Embryo development and maintenance of pregnancy
  • Optimization of follicular growth and control of luteal function

Reproductive performance

  • Management of reproduction in dairy herds
  • Programs for synchronization of ovulation and timed artificial insemination


For a listing of recent publications, refer to PubMed, a service provided by the National Library of Medicine


Teaching Areas

Physiology and management of reproduction in dairy cattle