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Fabio Lima

Assistant Professor

Address and Contact Information

Veterinary Clinical Medicine
1008 W. Hazelwood Dr.
M/C 004
Urbana, IL  61802


  • DVM, Sao Paulo State University (2000-2004).
  • MS in Veterinary Sciences, College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Florida (2007-2009).
  • PhD in Animal Siences, College of Agriculture and Life Science, University of Florida (2009-2013).

Professional Certifications

  • Board eligible for theriogenology sitting to take the exam on July of 2016 in Asheville, NC.

Academic Positions

  • Postdoctoral Associate, Department of Population Medicine and Diagnostic Sciences, Cornell University (2013-2014). Research focused on uterine uterine microbiome, rumen microbiome, dairy cattle health and reproduction. 
  • Resident in food animal reproduction and medicine, College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Florida (2006-2009).
  • Intern/research assistant in dairy reproduction, nutrition and health, Veterinary Medicine Teaching Research Center in Tulare, CA, School of Veterinary Medicine, Davis, CA (2005-2006).
  • Research assitant, Department of Dairy Science. University of Wisconsin, in reproductive management, physiology and Endocrinology at Wiltbank's lab (2004).

Research Interests

Dr. Lima has a particular interest on basic and applied aspect of reproductive sciences, dairy cattle health and productivity. His primary efforts are focused on physiology and management of reproduction in cattle and the interplay between uterine microbiome and host immune response in uterine diseases. Dr. Lima research also includes rumen microbiome association with productivity and feed efficiency, strategies to improve stewardship of antimicrobial use in mastitis and evaluation of surrogates measures to prevent and treat metritis.

Teaching Statement

I believe that the higher education in veterinary medicine is based on integration of basic knowledge, clinical experience, and cuting edge scientific knowledge, all immersed in highly interactive activities that foster critical thinking and hand-on experience that support development of lifelong skills.


  • Dr. Lima received his veterinary degree at Sao Paulo State University in 2004. In 2005, he did an internship focused on dairy production medicine, reproduction, and nutrition at the Veterinary Medicine Teaching and Research Center at Tulare (University of California-Davis). In 2009 he did a combined residency in food animal medicine and reproduction and Master in veterinary sciences focused on reproductive management, at University of Florida. In 2013 he earned a PhD in Animal Sciences at University of Florida working with uterine health and estrous cycle synchronization in dairy heifers.
  • Dr. Fabio Lima joined the Farm Animal section in August of 2014, coming from the Department of Population Medicine and Diagnostic Sciences from Cornell University, where he completed a postdoctoral training focused on uterine diseases pathogenesis and rumen microbiome associations with production traits
  • Currently, Dr. Lima provides services on estrous cycle synchronization, breeding soundness evaluations of male and female domesticated livestock, pregnancy diagnosis, ultrasonographic evaluation of reproductive tract, embryo collection and transfer, management of obstetrical cases including high-risk pregnancies and dystocias, and assistance on implementation of sustainable herd health and reproductive management.
  • Dr. Lima research laboratory investigates the interplay between uterine microbiome and host immune response on pathogenesis of uterine diseases; stewardship of antimicrobial use on mastitis; rumen microbiome associations with production traits and sutainability among, biological effects of NGF-beta on regualtion of reproduction in cattle.

Courses Taught

  • Core Theriogenology course (VM 609, VM 610)
  • Advanced Comparative Theriogenology (VCM 592)
  • Advanced Andrology (VCM 593)
  • Reproductive Pysiology (VM 604)
  • Equine surgery (VCM 584)

Selected Publications

Ellerbrock E, I Canisso, FS Lima, CS Shipley, K Kline. 2015. Diagnosis and effects of urospermia in stallions. Theriogenology. Accepted on December of 2015.
Ribeiro ES, G Gomes, LF Greco, RLA Cerri, A Vieira-Neto, PLJ Monteiro Jr., FS Lima, RS Bisinotto, WW Thatcher, and JEP Santos. Carryover Impact of Postpartum Inflammatory Diseases on Developmental Biology and Fertility in Lactating Dairy Cows. J. Dairy Sci. Accepted on December of 2015.
Bicalho MLS, FS Lima, VS Machado, Eb Meira Jr., EK Ganda, C. Foditsch, RC Bicalho, and RO Gilbert. Associations among Trueperella pyogenes, endometritis diagnosis, and pregnancy outcomes in dairy cows. Theriogenology.
Silva TV, FS Lima, WW Thatcher, and JEP Santos. 2015 Nov. Synchronized ovulation for first insemination improves reproductive performance and reduces cost per pregnancy in dairy heifers. J. Dairy Sci. 98:1–13.
Lima FS, LF Greco, RS Bisinotto, ES Ribeiro, NM Martinez, WW Thatcher, JEP Santos, Reinhard MK, and KN Galvão. 2015 Nov. Effects of intrauterine infusion of Trueperella pyogenes on endometrial mRNA expression of genes associated with luteolysis and corpus luteum lifespan in dairy cows. Theriohenology doi:10.1016/j.theriogenology.2015.07.004
Zinicola M, FS Lima, SF Lima, CL Guard, VS Machado, M Gomez, D Döpfer, and RC Bicalho. 2015 Mar. Altered Microbiomes in Bovine Digital Dermatitis Lesions, and the Gut as a Pathogen Reservoir. PLOS One. DOI:10.1371/journal.pone.0120504
Lima FS, G Oikonomou, SF Lima, MLS Bicalho, EK Ganda, Bicalho MLS, JC Oliveira Filho, G Lorenzo, P Trojacanec RC Bicalho. 2015 Feb. Prepartum and postpartum rumen microbiomes correlate with production traits in dairy cows. Environ. Microbiol. 81:1327–1337. doi:10.1128/AEM.03138-14.
Greco LF, JT Neves Neto, A Pedrico, RA. Ferrazza, FS Lima, RS Bisinotto, N Martinez, M Garcia, ES Ribeiro, GC Gomes, JH Shin, MA Ballou, WW Thatcher, CR Staples, and JEP Santos. 2015 Jan. Effects of Altering the Ratio of Dietary n-6 to n-3 Fatty Acids on performance and inflammatory responses to a lipopolysaccharide challenge in lactating Holstein J. Dairy Sci. 98:602-617.
Ribeiro ES, RS Bisinotto, FS Lima, LF Greco, A Morrison, A Kumar, WW Thatcher, and JEP Santos. 2014. Plasma Anti-Müllerian Hormone in Adult Dairy Cows and Associations with Fertility. J. Dairy Sci. 97:6888-6900.
Lima FS, A Vieira-Neto, GSFM Vasconcellos, RD Mingoti, RS Bisinotto, N Martinez, ES Ribeiro, Ca Risco, KN Galvão, WW Thatcher, and JEP Santos. Efficacy of ampicillin trihydrate or ceftiofur hydrochloride for treatment of metritis and subsequent fertility in dairy cows. J. Dairy Sci. 97:5401–5414.
Monteiro PLJ, ES Ribeiro, RP Maciel, ALG Dias, E Solé Jr., Lima FS, RS Bisinotto, WW Thatcher, R Sartori and JEP Santos. Effects of Supplemental Progesterone After AI on Expression of Interferon-Stimulated Genes and Fertility in Dairy Cow. J. Dairy Sci. 97:4907-4921.
Sinedino LDP, Lima FS, RLA Cerri and JEP Santos. Effect of Early or Late Resynchronization Programs on Reproductive Performance in Dairy Cows Observed for Estrus. J. Dairy Sci. 97:4932-4941.
Bicalho MLS, FS Lima, EK Ganda, E Meira Jr., VS Machado, C Foditsch, AG Teixeira, G Oikonomou, RO Gilbert and RC Bicalho. Effect of trace mineral supplementation on selected minerals, energy metabolites, oxidative stress, and immune parameters and its association with uterine diseases 97:4281-4295.
Teixeira AGV, FS Lima, MLS Bicalho, A Kussler, Lima SF and RC Bicalho. Effect of an injectable trace mineral supplement containing selenium, copper, zinc, and manganese on health and growth of dairy calves. J. Dairy Sci. 97:4216-4226.
Martinez N, CA Risco, LDP Sinedino, RS Bisinotto, ES Ribeiro, GC Gomes, FS Lima, LF Greco, D Taylor-Rodriguez, JP Driver, WW Thatcher, and JEP Santos. Effect of induced subclinical hypocalcemia on clinical parameters and function of immune cells in dairy Cows. J. Dairy Sci. 97:1–14.
Lima FS, ES Ribeiro, RS Bisinotto, LF Greco, NM Martinez, M. Amstalden, WW Thatcher, and JEP Santos. 2013. Hormonal Manipulations in the 5-d Timed AI Protocol to Optimize Estrous Cycle Synchrony and Fertility in Dairy Heifers. J. Dairy Sci. 96:7054-7065.
Lima FS, Bisinotto RS, Ribeiro ES, Ayres H, Greco LF, Galvão KN, Risco CA, Thatcher WW, Santos JE. 2012. Effects of one or two treatments with prostaglandin F2α on subclinical endometritis and fertility in lactating dairy cows inseminated by timed AI J. Dairy Sci. 96:6480-6488.
Bilby TR, RGS Bruno, KJ Lager, RC. Chebel, JGN Moraes, PM Fricke, G Lopes Jr, JO. Giordano, JEP Santos, FS Lima, JS Stevenson, and SL Pulley. 2013. Supplemental Progesterone and Timing of Resynchronization on Pregnancy Outcomes in Lactating Dairy Cows. J. Dairy Sci. 96:1-11.
Ribeiro ES, FS Lima, LF Greco, RS Bisinotto, APA Monteiro, M Favoreto, H Ayres, RS Marsola, N Martinez, WW Thatcher, and J.E.P. Santos. Prevalence of periparturient diseases and effects on fertility of seasonally calving grazing dairy cows supplemented with concentrates. J. Dairy Sci. 96:5682-5697.
RS Bisinotto, ES Ribeiro, FS Lima, N Martinez, LF Greco, LFSP Barbosa, PP Bueno, LFS. Scagion, WW Thatcher and JEP Santos. 2013 Targeted progesterone supplementation improves fertility in lactating dairy cows without a corpus luteum at the initiation of the timed AI protocol. J. Dairy Sci. 96:2214-2225.
Martinez N, CA Risco, FS Lima, RS Bisinotto, LF Greco, ES Ribeiro, F Maunsell, KN Galvão and JEP Santos. Evaluation of peripartal calcium status, energetic profile and neutrophil function in dairy cows at low or high risk of developing uterine disease. J. Dairy Sci. 95:7158-7172.
Ribeiro ES, AP Monteiro, FS Lima, H Ayres, RS Bisinotto, M Favoreto, LF Greco, RS Marsola, WW Thatcher, JE Santos. Effects of presynchronization and length of proestrus on fertility of grazing dairy cows subjected to a 5-day timed artificial insemination protocol. J Dairy Sci. 95: 2513-2522.
Lima FS, Bisinotto RS, Ribeiro ES, Ayres H, Greco LF, Galvão KN, Risco CA, Thatcher WW, Santos JE. 2012. Effect of one or three timed artificial inseminations before natural service on reproductive performance of lactating dairy cows not observed for detection of estrus. Theriogenology 77: 1918-1927.
Hernandez JA, CA Risco, FS Lima and JEP Santos. Observed and expected combined effects of clinical mastitis and low body condition on pregnancy loss in dairy cows. Theriogenology 77: 115-121.
Lima FS, MF Sá Filho, LF Greco and JEP Santos. Effects of feeding rumen-protected choline on postpartum diseases and reproductive performance of dairy cows. Vet J. 193(1):140-145.
Lima FS, H Ayres, MG Favoreto, RS Bisinotto, LF Greco, ES Ribeiro, PS Baruselli, CA Risco, WW Thatcher, and JEP Santos. Effects of GnRH at initiation of the 5-d timed AI program and timing of induction of ovulation relative to AI on ovarian dynamics and fertility of dairy heifers. J. Dairy Sci. 94: 4997-5004.
Ribeiro ES, RLA Cerri, RS Bisinotto, FS Lima, FT Silvestre, MG Favoreto, LF Greco, WW Thatcher, JEP Santos. Reproductive performance of grazing dairy cows following presynchronization and resynchronization protocols. J. Dairy Sci. 94: 4984-4996.
Santos JE, RS Bisinotto, ES Ribeiro, FS Lima, LF Greco, CR Staples, WW Thatcher. Applying nutrition and physiology to improve reproduction in dairy cattle. Soc. Reprod. Fertil. Suppl. 67: 387-403.
Lima FS, A De Vries, CA Risco, JEP Santos, and WW Thatcher. Economic comparison of natural service and timed artificial insemination breeding programs in dairy cattle. J. Dairy Sci. 93: 4404–4413.
Rabaglino MB, CA Risco, MJ Thatcher, FS Lima, JEP Santos, WW Thatcher. 2010. Use of a five-day progesterone-based timed AI protocol to determine if flunixin meglumine improves pregnancy per timed AI in dairy heifers. Theriogenology 73: 1311–1318.
Lima FS, CA Risco, MJ Thatcher, ME Benzaquen, L Archbald, JEP Santos and WW Thatcher. 2009. Comparison of reproductive performance in cows bred by natural service or timed artificial insemination. J. Dairy Sci. 92: 5456–5466.
Cerri RLA, HM Rutigliano, FS Lima, DB Araujo, and JEP Santos. Effect of source of supplemental selenium on uterine health and embryo quality in high-producing dairy cows. Theriogenology. 71; 1127–1137.
Hillegass J, FS Lima, MF Sá Filho and JEP Santos. 2008. Effect of time of AI and supplemental estradiol on reproduction of lactating dairy cows. J. Dairy Sci. 91: 4226-4237.
Rutigliano HM, FS Lima, RLA Cerri, LF Greco, JM Vilela, V Magalhaes, J Hillegass, WW Thatcher and JEP Santos. 2008. Effect of method of presynchronization and source of selenium on uterine health and reproduction in dairy cows. J. Dairy Sci. 91: 3323–3336.
Magalhães VJA, F Susca, FS Lima, AF Branco, I Yoon, and JEP Santos. Effect of feeding yeast culture on performance, health, and immunocompetence of dairy calves J. Dairy Sci. 91: 1497-1509.


  • Characterization of Rumen Microbiome Structure and Function throughout lactation and its association with Health and Productivity. China Scholarship Council - Two-year PhD scholarship on behalf of Ziyao Zhou. (2015-2017).
  • Evaluation of Selective Dry Cow Therapy for Prevention and Treatment of Mastitis and Milk Microbiome in Holstein Dairy Cows. FAPESP (São Paulo, Brazil) - One-year PhD scholarship on behalf of Erika Romão (2016).
  • Uterine microbiome structural and functional profile of healthy and metritic treated cows. Animal Health and Disease Research, $24,300.00 (2014-2016)
  • Effects of an injectable trace minerals supplement containing copper, manganese, selenium and zinc on conceptus development and fertility of dairy cows. Co-PI - $115,368 (2014).
  • Intramural Research Grant ($ 10,000.00) at the College of Veterinary Medicine at University of Florida (2011). 
  • Resident Research Grant ($5,000.00), University of California-Davis, College of Veterinary Medicine, 2006/2007.

Honors and Awards

  • PhD student of the year 2013 in the Department of Animal Sciences at University of Florida. 
  • Fellowship for PhD students at the University of Florida Department of Animal Sciences, 2009-2013
  • Predoctoral fellowship at the University of Florida Department of Animal Sciences, 2009-2010.
  • Research Assistantship, University of Wisconsin-Madison, June 2004-November 2004.
  • Scholarship for Special Training Program at Sao Paulo State University, 2001-2004.

Professional Affiliations

  • Society for Theriogenology
  • American Dairy Science Association
  • American Association of Bovine Practitioners
  • American Association for the Advancement of Sciences
  • Sigma Xi Scientific Research Society

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