Physiology of Reproduction Research
The mission of the Physiology of Reproduction Program is three-fold: research the fundamental elements of reproductive biology necessary for the development of systems to enhance the efficiency of animal reproduction and productivity, teach the latest principles and strategies/practices of reproductive biology to undergraduate and graduate students and through established extension programs, translate the acquired knowledge into reproductive systems to benefit producers and consumers.
Diverse Curriculum Taught by Experts
The teaching effort consists of undergraduate and graduate courses designed to challenge students with “state-of-the-art” information in the areas of animal reproduction, growth, and stress. The courses are recognized partly because of the committed faculty who teach clearly, caring, and thought-provokingly. Members of the teaching faculty have been recognized in many ways for their teaching activities. A distance learning teaching format is being used in one course. Visit the site for the respective courses for specific information.
Advancing Knowledge Through Collaborative Research
The research effort is strong because of the program’s number of nationally recognized scientists with diverse areas of expertise. Their interests vary from molecular biology and genomics to the application of advancing technologies in a production setting for several livestock species. Numerous collaborative relationships between the scientists strengthen the program. These relationships are fostered by the Interdisciplinary Faculty of Reproductive Biology, composed of over 45 faculty members from 10 departments in 4 colleges at Texas A&M University and across four campuses and three off-campus centers of the Texas A&M University system. In addition to reproduction, important areas of animal biology, such as growth and animal response to environmental factors (stress) are investigated. Genomic involvement in all the above areas receives high consideration. For specific information regarding research interests, visit the respective sites of the individual scientists.
Enhancing Efficiency for Producers and Consumers
The system of Texas A&M AgriLife Animal Science Research and Extension specialists facilitates the dissemination of current strategies for enhancing reproductive efficiency to producers and consumers. Texas AgriLife Research and Extension activities include the annual beef cattle short course, which attracts over 1,000 attendees annually. In addition to the extension specialists, numerous other faculty members and activities at the Research Centers contribute to communicating the latest information to producers and consumers.
Learn More About all Animal Science Research
Currently, the Department of Animal Science is researching a variety of projects that cover issues such as animal genomics, meat science, food safety, as well as projects focusing on the major livestock species in Texas. Our research programs focus on applied science, which has an immediate application to Texas animal agriculture, and basic science, which provides the foundation for scientific information to impact further research discoveries.