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Dr. Gabriella A. Varga

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Nutrition and Feeding

Dr. Gabriella A. Varga
Professor, Department of Dairy and Animal Science, Pennsylvania State University

Dr. Gabriella A. Varga


Area of Expertise
Gabriella A. Varga is a Professor in the Department of Dairy and Animal Science at Penn State University and has been a member of the faculty since 1985. Dr. Varga has a research, teaching and extension appointment in the department. Her research focuses on management strategies for late gestation and early postpartum dairy cows that will minimize the incidence of periparturient metabolic disorders and enhance profitability on the dairy farm. Her research also focuses on the impact of forage sources on nitrogen balance, ammonia emission from manure, dry matter intake, nitrogen efficiency, and milk production in lactating dairy cows. Dr. Varga's research program incorporates basic and applied concepts to provide a mechanistic understanding of factors affecting the needs of the transition cow while providing information that can be used directly by the dairy producer. Gabriella teaches a junior and senior level dairy management and nutrition class for undergraduates and ruminant physiology for graduate students.


Academic Training

PhD1978University of MarylandAnimal Science
MS1975University of Rhode IslandAnimal Science
BS1973Duquesne UniversityBiology

Professional Experience

2001 - PresentUniversity Distinguished Professor of Animal Science, Pennsylvania State University
1985 - PresentAssistant (1085-1991), Associate (1991-1996), and Professor (1996-Present), Pennsylvania State University
1982 - 1985Research Animal Scientist, USDA-ARS
1979 - 1982Postdoctoral Fellow, West Virginia University

Honors and Awards
Nutrition Professionals Award, American Dairy Science Association, 2008
College Outstanding Research Partners Award, 2005
College of Agricultural Science Nesbitt Award, 2005 and 2006
American Feed Industry Award, American Dairy Science Association, 2000
National Research Council Dairy subcommittee 1997-2001



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