Lab Members

Dr. Ríus Ph.D., M.S., D.V.M.

Dr. Ríus received his undergraduate education in veterinary medicine from the National University of La Plata, Argentina. After graduation, Dr. Ríus obtained a fellowship to work at the School of Veterinary Medicine in La Plata. From there, he then moved to the USDA- Dairy Forage Research Center, Madison, WI as visiting scholar and worked on phosphorous metabolism in lactating dairy cows with Dr. Larry Satter. He then joined the Department of Animal Science at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign to pursue his MS degree in the laboratory of Dr. Geoff Dahl. While at U of I, Dr. Ríus worked on the effect of photoperiod in dairy cattle. After graduation, he moved to Blacksburg, VA to pursue doctoral research in the Department of Dairy Science at Virginia Tech. He joined the lab of Dr. Mark Hanigan to investigate the effect of amino acids and energy on lactating dairy cattle. After defending his dissertation, Dr. Ríus obtained a Scientist position at DairyNZ in Hamilton, New Zealand. He worked for 4 years investigating the effect of milking frequency and feeding management tools on pasture-based lactating dairy cows. While at DairyNZ, he also worked closely with dairy producers on topics such as nutrition, feeding, and grazing management. Most recently, Dr. Ríus joined the faculty of the Department of Animal Science at The University of Tennessee, Knoxville TN.



Jeff Kauffman M.S., Ph.D. student
Hannah Bailey B.S., M.S. student










Emily Belanger, Department of Animal Science, The University of Tennessee

Chris Johnson, Department of Animal Science, The University of Tennessee



Dr. Celina Baravalle, Visiting Scientist

Kimberly Kassube M.S.

Rebecca Wright | Jocelyn B. White | Dennis Sneed | Kimiko Lilies | Alexis K Davis | Heather Meador | Vanessa Echeverri | Kaylee Kaczor | Katie Springer | Courtney Follman | Jordan Seidman | Conner Hayes | Nicole Barber | Lauren Stevens | Benjamin Rocker