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Eric Alani Eric Alani

Molecular Biology and Genetics
My research efforts are focused on understanding highly conserved mismatch repair (MMR) systems, which recognize and repair base pair and small insertion/deletion mismatches that arise as the result of DNA replication errors, DNA damage, and genetic recombination.

Doug Antczak Doug Antczak

Baker Institute for Animal Health, College of Veterinary Medicine
Genetics and genomics of the horse. Development of the equine placenta. Equine immunology and immunity.

Soon Hon Cheong Soon Hon Cheong

Clinical Sciences
Our lab focuses on Comparative Reproductive Medicine to advance our understanding of reproductive physiology as well as improving our ability to manipulate reproduction for increased fertility or sterility.

Scott Coonrod Scott Coonrod

Baker Institute for Animal Health
See webpage for full description.

J. Brooks Crickard

Molecular Biology and Genetics
My laboratory uses cutting edge single molecule imaging, biochemistry, and molecular biology to understand how proteins organize and move on DNA. The overall human health relevance of my research program is to understand biological pathways that prevent the loss of information stored within the eukaryotic genome.

Julia Finkelstein Julia Finkelstein

Nutritional Sciences
The goal of the Finkelstein Laboratory is to elucidate the role of micronutrients in the etiology of anemia and adverse pregnancy outcomes, to improve the health and survival of mothers and young children.

Julio Giordano Julio Giordano

Animal Science
My research focuses on dairy cattle reproductive physiology, management, and the implications of reproductive performance on the economics of dairy farms. My research integrates basic and applied science to enhance the reproductive performance and productivity of cows.

Laura C Harrington Laura Harrington

Entomology
Research in the Harrington lab focuses on mosquito vector ecology, biology, and behavior. Our goal is to understand basic (and often overlooked) aspects of mosquito biology in order to identify new targets for controlling mosquitoes and reducing transmission of vector-borne diseases.

Patricia Johnson Patricia Johnson

Animal Science
There are two objectives of the ongoing research in my lab. Our first goal is to understand the process of follicle selection and development in the hen. The features of avian follicle development make the hen an ideal model for understanding the process of regulation of follicular recruitment.

Marla Lujan Marla Lujan

Nutritional Sciences
Sonographic evaluation of ovarian morphology; Diagnostic criteria for polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS); Dietary intake and physical activity in women with PCOS; Nutritional regulation of folliculogenesis; Ovulatory response to weight loss intervention; Morphological markers of the adolescent reproductive transition.

Motoko Mukai Motoko Mukai

Food Science
Research in my laboratory focuses on studying the effects of endocrine disrupting compounds (EDCs) on human and animal health using zebrafish as a model organism. EDCs are chemical compounds, which bind to and/or modulate the endocrine system and can cause abnormalities in behavior, cognition, reproduction, development and metabolism.

June Nasrallah June Nasrallah

Plant Biology
CePlant reproduction, Self-incompatibility, Receptor-ligand interactions, Cell-cell signalingll-Cell Interactions in Plants

Kimberly O'Brien Kimberly O'Brien

Nutritional Sciences
Our main research interests in the laboratory focus on mineral dynamics with an emphasis on pediatric and pregnant populations. We are also undertaking studies in adults to identify the genetic differences in iron absorption. To undertake our research projects many of our studies utilize stable mineral isotopes as tracers.

Teresa Pawlowska Teresa Pawlowska

School of Integrative Plant Science, Plant Pathology & Plant-Microbe Biology
I am a fungal evolutionary biologist using various fungal-bacterial and fungal-plant associations as models to understand the evolution of symbioses in general. My current work is focused on evolution and ecology of symbiotic associations formed by fungi with bacteria.

Ned Place Ned Place

Vet Population Medicine and Diagnostic Sciences
Female reproduction aging, endocrinology, life history trade-offs.

Brian Rudd Brian Rudd

Microbiology and Immunology
My lab seeks to better understand why individuals in early life are more susceptible to infection than adults and respond poorly to vaccination. While the underlying basis for this increase in susceptibility is not known, many reports have indicated that it is due to quantitative and qualitative differences in neonatal T lymphocytes.

John Schimenti John Schimenti

Biomedical Sciences
We study mouse models of cancer and infertility. We focus on gene mutations that drive ovarian and breast cancer. Our fertility research concerns mutations in human populations that compromise reproduction, and we do this by generating mouse models.

Alexander Travis Alexander Travis

Vet Biomedical Sciences
Biology of male germ cells, cell biology

Maren Vitousek Maren Vitousek

Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Research in our lab uses free-living songbirds to address how physiological mechanisms mediate the flexible expression of phenotype, and how selective forces shape variation in these mechanisms within and across populations.

Mariana Wolfner Mariana Wolfner

Molecular Biology and Genetics
We study the genes and proteins that are important in reproduction, specifically how seminal proteins improve reproductive outcomes and (separately) how eggs transition to embryogenesis.