- Gary Williams
- Professor, Regents Fellow, & Texas A&M AgriLife Research Senior Faculty Fellow; Research Leader
- Animal Reproduction Laboratory – AgriLife Research Center, Beeville
- Undergraduate Education
- B.S. in Animal Science, New Mexico State University
- Graduate Education
- M.S. in Animal Science, New Mexico State University
- Ph.D. in Animal Physiology, University of Arizona
- Senior Faculty Fellow, Texas A&M AgriLife Research, 2020
- Research Fellow Award, American Society of Animal Science, 2017
- Monsanto Animal Physiology and Endocrinology Award, American Society of Animal Science, 2004
- AgriLife Research Faculty Fellow, Texas AgriLife Research, 2004
- Regents Fellow, The Texas A&M University System, 2001
- Vice Chancellor's Award in Excellence - Individual Research, The Texas A&M University System, 1993
- Vice Chancellor's Award in Excellence - Team Research, The Texas A&M University System, 1990
Dr. Gary Williams is Professor and Research Leader in the Animal Reproduction Laboratory, Texas A&M AgriLife Research Station-Beeville. He also is a member and former Vice Chair of the Interdisciplinary Faculty of Reproductive Biology, Texas A&M University (TAMU), College Station, and serves on the graduate faculty in Physiology of Reproduction, Department of Animal Science.
Williams’ research currently focuses on mechanisms involved in the nutritional programming of puberty and adult reproductive phenotype in heifers, and on contrasts in KNDy neuron function (neurons in the lower brain or hypothalamus) that may account for differences in reproductive phenotype of Bos taurus and Bos indicus cattle. Applied research efforts are concentrated on the development and optimization of successful protocols (e.g., Bee Synch I and II) for synchronization of ovulation and fixed-time AI in Bos indicus-influenced beef females. Previous work has included the study of mechanisms regulating seasonal reproduction in the mare and development of hormonal strategies to mitigate its effects, as well as the neural, behavioral, and nutritional control of postpartum reproduction in beef females.
Williams received B.S. and M.S. degrees in Animal Science from New Mexico State University in 1972 and 1975, respectively, and the Ph.D. in Animal Physiology from the University of Arizona in 1978. He is a Diplomate of the American College of Animal Physiology. He has served as mentor for 43 M.S., Ph.D. and postdoctoral trainees, lectured nationally and internationally, and authored or co-authored over 375 publications.
Williams served as Editor in Chief of Domestic Animal Endocrinology for nine years, two terms as Associate Editor of the Journal of Animal Science, and on the editorial board of five journals. He is an active member of the American Society of Animal Science, Equine Science Society, Society for the Study of Reproduction, Endocrine Society, Texas Quarter Horse Association, American Quarter Horse Association. He is currently Co-Chair of the Agricultural Animal Care and Use Committee, Texas A&M AgriLife Research.