Laporta is an assistant professor of animal and dairy sciences at UW–Madison. Her research investigates how autocrine, systemic, and environmental factors affect the regulation of mammary gland development and function. Additionally, she researches how these factors affect milk synthesis and composition.
Laporta’s project will utilize a new ultrasound unit for research studies primarily involving dairy cattle mammary gland biology. The new ultrasound unit will expand capabilities of high-quality research in lactation biology and extend collaborative opportunities within the Department of Animal and Dairy Sciences and outside of CALS.