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Animal Sciences

Animal Sciences

Molecular Biology & Physiology Research

Faculty in Animal Sciences are conducting research into the cellular, molecular, and physiological control of reproduction, lactation, immune function, and growth. The long-term goal of this research is to develop strategies for manipulating these systems to improve the efficiency of animal production. Every level of animal function is studied from the individual gene to herds and flocks of animals.

cellResearch is funded by a wide range of sources including the USDA, livestock industries, and pharmaceutical companies. Departmental facilities for physiology and molecular biology research include well-equipped laboratories, surgical facilities, and facilities for housing all common domestic animal species. Key university-wide resources that are often utilized are the Interdisciplinary Center for Biotechnology Research and the McKnight Brain Institute. Central to the research mission of the physiology and molecular biology program has been graduate education. Assistantships for qualified students are often available.

Research on reproductive physiology research is conducted within the department and cooperatively with other departments in the D. H. Barron Reproductive and Perinatal Biology Research Program. These departments include Animal Sciences in IFAS, Obstetrics & Gynecology, and Physiology and Functional Genomics in the College of Medicine, and Large Animal Clinical Sciences and Pathobiology in the College of Veterinary Medicine. The diversity of this program permits graduate students to be exposed to a cross section of a number of reproductive areas. These areas involve ovulation control, uterine function, placental-fetal growth, embryo physiology and micromanipulation, cloning, and lactation. Species studied include cows, sheep, pigs, horses, rats, and mice.

 Also offered within the Animal Sciences graduate program is the University of Florida Interdisciplinary Graduate Concentration in Animal Molecular and Cell Biology AMCB. It is designed to provide graduate students an understanding of principles of molecular and cell biology and their applications to animal health and production in preparation for careers in research and teaching. This philosophy is expressed and achieved through a multidisciplinary faculty whose teaching and research orientations are towards elucidation of biological mechanisms of growth and development, reproduction, animal diseases and control of gene expression. Seven faculty in Animal Sciences are members of this group and many students contribute to its activities.

For detailed information on specific areas of research in the physiology and molecular biology areas, visit individual faculty Web sites via the Animal Sciences directory, as well as Web sites maintained by the D. H. Barron Reproductive and Perinatal Biology Research Program and Interdisciplinary Graduate Concentration in Animal Molecular and Cell Biology.