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Reproductive Physiology

About Us

For over three decades the West Virginia University’s Interdisciplinary Program in Reproductive Physiology has provided education in endocrine and reproductive biology to students in biology, nutrition, pharmacology and physiology as well as the reproductive physiology majors. This long standing interdisciplinary program was initiated in 1965. The mix of faculty in agriculture, biology, and medicine has maintained a balance of basic and applied work. The reproductive physiology program has be referred to as “one of the outstanding research, teaching, and service programs of West Virginia University”.

Degrees Offered

  • Master of Science with a major in Reproductive Physiology
  • Doctor of Philosophy with a major in Reproductive Physiology

The graduate program in reproductive physiology is interdisciplinary with faculty located in the Division of Animal and Nutritional Sciences and the Departments of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Physiology and Pharmacology, and Internal Medicine.

Research

Research topics include studies of control of fertility, function and regression of the corpus luteum, aging of the oocyte, seasonal and other environmental factors in reproduction, steroidogenesis, control of estrus and ovulation, artificial insemination, ovarian follicular development, novel ovarian genes, endocrine functions of polypeptides, embryonic and fetal mortality, neuroendocrine control of gonadotropic hormone secretion, neuroendocrine regulation of puberty and breeding seasons, effects of nutrition on reproductive function, and immunology of reproduction. The focus of research is both basic and applied and is almost entirely with farmed animals.