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:
Sample graduate plans of work for Animal Science majors working in the physiology area:
Example MS Plan of Work
Course No. Course TitleCreditsSemesterANS 780Mammalian Endocrinology3Fall 2008ST 511Experimental Statistics for Bio Sci I3Fall 2008ANS 603Reproductive Physiology Seminar1Fall 2008ANS 693MS Supervised Research2Fall 2008ZO 421Principles of Physiology3Spring 2009CBS 708Cell Biology4Spring 2009ANS 685MS Supervised Teaching2Spring 2009ANS 702Reproductive Physiology of Mammals3Fall 2009PHY 503General Physiology I3Fall 2009ANS 685MS Supervised Teaching1Fall 2009ANS 693MS Supervised Research2Fall 2009BCH 553Molecular Biochemistry3Spring 2010PHY 504General Physiology II3Spring 2010ANS 693MS Supervised Resarch3Spring 2010 MS Degree Awarded 36 Spring 2010
Example PhD Plan of Work
Course No. Course Title Credits Semester ANS 702 Reproductive Physiology of Mammals3Fall 2010 ANS 603 Seminar in Biology of Reproduction1Fall 2010 ST 511 Experimental Statistics for Bio Sci I3Fall 2010 ANS 693 MS Supervised Research2Fall 2010 VMS 532 Electron Microscopy in Veterinary Sci4Spring 2011 ZO 421 Principles of Physiology3Spring 2011 ANS 693 MS Supervised Research2Spring 2011 PHY 503 General Physiology I3Fall 2011 BCH 553 Biochemistry of Gene Expression3Fall 2011 BIT 510 Core Technologies in Mol and Cell Bio3Fall 2011 ANS 685 MS Supervised Teaching1Spring 2012 PHY 504 General Physiology II3Spring 2012 ST 512 Experimental Statistics for Bio Sci II3Spring 2012 ANS 602 Seminar in Biology of Reproduction2Spring 2012 BIT 595E Methods in Genomic Sciences2Fall 2012 ANS 685 MS Supervised Teaching2Fall 2012 BIT 595V Digital Imaging1Fall 2012 ANS 693 MS Supervised Research4Fall 2012 ST 505 Applied Nonparametric Statistics3Spring 2013 BCH 705 Molecular Biology of the Cell3Spring 2013 CBS 770 Cell Biology3Spring 2013 ANS 780 Mammalian Endocrinology3Fall 2013 ANS 885 PhD Supervised Teaching2Fall 2013 ANS 893 PhD Supervised Research3Fall 2013 ANS 603 Reproductive Physiology Seminar1Fall 2013 ANS 885 PhD Supervised Teaching1Spring 2014 ANS 603 Reproductive Physiology Seminar1Spring 2014 ANS 893 PhD Supervised Research7Spring 2014 ANS 603 Reproductive Physiology Seminar1Fall 2014 ANS 893 PhD Supervised Research2Fall 2014 ANS 899 PhD Dissertation Preparation3Spring 2015PhD Degree Awarded78Spring 2015
Other links of interest:
- Interdisciplinary Physiology Graduate Program