Grace Dietsch


Mentor: Dr. Franscisco Peñagaricano

College of Agricultural and Life Sciences

"To gain experience in bioinformatics, a relatively new area of academia and research, and explore possible alternative career paths while being able to apply and develop my skills in programming and statistics."


Animal Sciences



Research Interests

  • Genetics and genomics
  • Computational biology
  • Bioinformatics

Academic Awards

  • National Merit Finalist 2016
  • Benacquisto Award 2016
  • UF President's Honor Roll 2016
  • University Scholars Program 2016


  • UF Pre-Veterinary Medical Club
  • UF Honors Without Borders


  • Alachua County Humane Society
  • Operation Catnip
  • Helping Hands Pet Rescue

Hobbies and Interests

  • Programming
  • Health and nutrition
  • Reading and writing

Research Description

Analysis of the Association Between Single-Nucleotide Polymorphisms and Fertility Traits in Dairy Cattle
This project involves writing computer programs to generate and analyze data for the purpose of exploring genetic information of livestock species. The goal is to determine whether single-nucleotide polymorphisms in a specific set of genes are associated with fertility-related phenotypes in a population of Holstein cattle. The results could contribute to the agricultural industry’s understanding of how certain genes are involved in successful reproduction of livestock.