Wednesday Nite @ the Lab this week: Laura Hernandez on udder anatomy and physiology


Laura Hernandez, dairy science, Photo by Sevie Kenyon

This week’s Wednesday Nite @ the Lab will feature Laura Hernandez, assistant professor of dairy science. “Udder Anatomy and Physiology” will start at 7 p.m., and Hernandez will use cow udders to demonstrate how and where milk comes from, and what is actually in it. She will also discuss the evolutionary basis of milk and explore the differences between milk from mammals and milk from plant or nut-based products such as soy, almond, or coconut.

Hernandez is a mammary gland physiologist, and her research focus is how serotonin controls milk synthesis and production while coordinating maternal metabolism. In addition to her research, she also teaches two undergraduate courses: Lactation Physiology (Dairy Science 305) and Animal Physiology (Animal Science/Dairy Science 373).

The program begins Wednesday, June 8 at 7 p.m. in Room 1111, Genetics/Biotechnology Center, 425 Henry Mall.

WN@tL is organized by the Wisconsin Alumni Association, Science Alliance @ UW-Madison, and by BioTrek, the outreach program of the Biotechnology Center at UW-Madison/Extension.

Unable to attend WN@tL? Watch the program online at