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Fabiana De Freitas Cardoso

Assistant Professor

Assistant Professor

Animal & Avian Sciences 3149 Animal Sciences/Agric. Engrg Bldg 8127 Regents Drive College Park, MD 20742-2311


  • Dairy Science
  • Animal Nutrition & Feed
  • Animal Management
  • Forage Management


  • 2019-2022, Ph.D., Animal Sciences, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • 2015-2018, M.S., Animal Sciences, Federal University of Lavras (UFLA)
  • 2010-2015, B.S., Animal Sciences, Federal University of Lavras (UFLA)

Dr. Cardoso is an Assistant Professor in the Animal and Avian Sciences Department at the University of Maryland. The Cardoso team focus on the development of an extension program, working closer with dairy farmers in order to investigate challenges, identify and create strategies to improve animal welfare, animal production and forage quality. Dr. Cardoso focus on applied research to improve animal nutrition and the production system. She believes that is of a great value to provide education to producers based on the research conducted at the University. She teaches Dairy Management class focusing on practical experiences for undergraduate and graduate students. She believes that hands on experience is the most efficient way to prepare students with their future career.


Select Publications

  • Liang, Y., Ma, N., Coleman, D. N., Liu, F., Li, Y., Ding H. Y., Cardoso, F. F., Cardoso, F. C., Loor, J. J. (2021). Methionine and arginine supply alters abundance of amino acid, insulin signaling, and glutathione metabolism-related proteins in bovine subcutaneous adipose challenged with n-acetyl-d-sphingosine. Animals. Doi:10.3390/ani11072114.
  • Ma, N., Liang, Y, Coleman, D. N., Li, Y., Ding H. Y., Liu, F, Cardoso, F. F., Parys, C., Cardoso, F. C., X. Shen, and Loor J. J. (2021). Methionine supplementation during a hydrogen peroxide challenge alters components of insulin signaling and antioxidant proteins in subcutaneous adipose explants from dairy cows. Journal of dairy science.
  • Cardoso, F.F., Santos, J., Caproni, V. R., Parys, C., Donkin, S., Pereira, M. N., and Danes, M. A. C. (2020). Effects of protein level and methionine supplementation on the diet of dairy cows during the transition period. Journal of dairy science.
  • Malacco, V., Ericson, M., Cardoso, F.F., Biese, B., Laguna, J., Donkin, S. (2020). Short communication: Effect of glucose infusion dose and stage of lactating on glucose tolerance test kinetics in lactating dairy cows. Journal of dairy science.
  • Liang, Y., Ma, N., Coleman, D. N., Liu, F., Li, Y., Ding H. Y., Zhang, H., Cardoso, F. F., Cardoso, F. C., Loor, J. J. (2020). Branched-chain amino acid supplementation alters abundance of mechanistic target of rapamycin and insulin signaling proteins in subcutaneous adipose explants from lactating Holstein cows. Animals. Doi: 10.3390/ani11092714.
  • Castro, L. P., Pereira M. N., Dias, J. D. L., Lage, D. V. D., Barbosa, E. F., Melo, R. P., Ferreira, K., Carvalho, J. T. R., Cardoso, F. F., Pereira, R. A. N. (2019). Lactation performance of dairy cows fed rehydrated and ensiled corn grain differing in particle size and proportion in the diet. Journal of dairy science. Doi: 10.3168/jds.2019-1655 102(11):9857-9869.

Extension Articles

  • Barcelos, A. F., Goncalves, C. C. M., Pereira, R. A. N., Gomide, D. R., Cardoso, F. F. 2014.  Nutritive value and characteristics of sugarcane silages with different proportions of coffee husk. Agricultural Research Company of the state of Minas Gerais (EPAMIG) Technical Circular Technical Circular, n.196, April 2014. ISSN 0103-4413.
  • Pereira, M. N., Pereira, R. A. N., Lopes, N. M., Dias Junior, G. S., Cardoso, F. F., Bitencourt, L. L. 2013. Silage of Rehydrated Maize. Agricultural Research Company of the state of Minas Gerais (EPAMIG) Technical Circular, n.187, out 2013. ISSN 0103-4413.