Physiology

The physiology group in the Department of Animal Science maintains two major areas of activities: reproductive physiology and lactational physiology. Student research projects range from basic molecular studies to applied research projects in a variety of animal systems.

In the reproductive physiology area, research projects include investigations of gamete and embryo development, fertility markers in fresh and frozen livestock semen, interaction of nutrition and puberty onset in heifers, use of ultrasonography to improve management of pregancy in livestock, estrus and ovulation synchronization programs for livestock management and the effect of extensive management systems on the reproductive efficiency of dairy cattle.

In the lactation area, research projects focus on investigation of the interaction of mastitis on reproduction and the effect of diet on breast tissue function.

Students in physiology use a variety of animal models including cattle, swine, mice, goats, horses, domestic cats and exotic cats in their research.

Students can select to major in Animal Science and focus their coursework and research project in the physiology area. Alternatively, students can choose to pursue a major in Animal Science with a co-major in Physiology. In this case, both the major and co-major programs will be designated on the student’s graduate transcript.

Animal Science faculty working in reproductive physiology:

  • Dr. CharlotteĀ Farin
  • Dr. William Flowers
  • Dr. Sung Woo Kim
  • Dr. Bob Petters
  • Dr. Daniel Poole
  • Dr. Steve Washburn

 

Sample graduate plans of work for Animal Science majors working in the physiology area:

Example MS Plan of Work

Course No. Course Title
Credits
Semester
ANS 780
Mammalian Endocrinology
3
Fall 2008
ST 511
Experimental Statistics for Bio Sci I
3
Fall 2008
ANS 603
Reproductive Physiology Seminar
1
Fall 2008
ANS 693
MS Supervised Research
2
Fall 2008
ZO 421
Principles of Physiology
3
Spring 2009
CBS 708
Cell Biology
4
Spring 2009
ANS 685
MS Supervised Teaching
2
Spring 2009
ANS 702
Reproductive Physiology of Mammals
3
Fall 2009
PHY 503
General Physiology I
3
Fall 2009
ANS 685
MS Supervised Teaching
1
Fall 2009
ANS 693
MS Supervised Research
2
Fall 2009
BCH 553
Molecular Biochemistry
3
Spring 2010
PHY 504
General Physiology II
3
Spring 2010
ANS 693
MS Supervised Resarch
3
Spring 2010
MS Degree Awarded 36 Spring 2010

 

Example PhD Plan of Work

Course No. Course Title Credits Semester
ANS 702 Reproductive Physiology of Mammals
3
Fall 2010
ANS 603 Seminar in Biology of Reproduction
1
Fall 2010
ST 511 Experimental Statistics for Bio Sci I
3
Fall 2010
ANS 693 MS Supervised Research
2
Fall 2010
VMS 532 Electron Microscopy in Veterinary Sci
4
Spring 2011
ZO 421 Principles of Physiology
3
Spring 2011
ANS 693 MS Supervised Research
2
Spring 2011
PHY 503 General Physiology I
3
Fall 2011
BCH 553 Biochemistry of Gene Expression
3
Fall 2011
BIT 510 Core Technologies in Mol and Cell Bio
3
Fall 2011
ANS 685 MS Supervised Teaching
1
Spring 2012
PHY 504 General Physiology II
3
Spring 2012
ST 512 Experimental Statistics for Bio Sci II
3
Spring 2012
ANS 602 Seminar in Biology of Reproduction
2
Spring 2012
BIT 595E Methods in Genomic Sciences
2
Fall 2012
ANS 685 MS Supervised Teaching
2
Fall 2012
BIT 595V Digital Imaging
1
Fall 2012
ANS 693 MS Supervised Research
4
Fall 2012
ST 505 Applied Nonparametric Statistics
3
Spring 2013
BCH 705 Molecular Biology of the Cell
3
Spring 2013
CBS 770 Cell Biology
3
Spring 2013
ANS 780 Mammalian Endocrinology
3
Fall 2013
ANS 885 PhD Supervised Teaching
2
Fall 2013
ANS 893 PhD Supervised Research
3
Fall 2013
ANS 603 Reproductive Physiology Seminar
1
Fall 2013
ANS 885 PhD Supervised Teaching
1
Spring 2014
ANS 603 Reproductive Physiology Seminar
1
Spring 2014
ANS 893 PhD Supervised Research
7
Spring 2014
ANS 603 Reproductive Physiology Seminar
1
Fall 2014
ANS 893 PhD Supervised Research
2
Fall 2014
ANS 899 PhD Dissertation Preparation
3
Spring 2015
PhD Degree Awarded
78
Spring 2015

 

 

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