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Robert L. Cochrane

Adjunct Professor

Reproductive Physiology
Division of Animal & Nutritional Sciences
West Virginia University
Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design
P.O. Box 6108
Morgantown, WV 26506-6108
(304) 293-1966


PhD, University of Wisconsin, 1961
MS, University of Wisconsin, 1954
BA, West Virginia University, 1953

Professional Experience

 Consultant on Fur Farming to India, United Nations (FAO), Dehra Dun, India, 1985.
 Senior Endocrinologist, Lilly Research Laboratories, Eli Lilly and Co., Indianapolis,
 Senior Research Fellow, Department of Anatomy, The Medical School, University of
 Birmingham, Birmingham, England, 1962-1965.
 Biologist, Food and Drug Administration, Department of Health, Education and 
 Welfare, Washington, D.C. 1961-1962.
 Research Assistant, Fur Experiment Station, University of Alaska, Petersburg, 
 Alaska. June 1955-September, 1955.

Annual Teaching

A&VS 197 Honors
A&VS 201 Values and Ethics
An.Ph. 225 Physiology of Reproduction
An.Ph. 425 Endocrinology of Reproduction

Annual Guest Lectures

VETS 102-302 Animal Pathology
VETS 210 Principles of Laboratory Animal Science
GEN 371 Principles of Genetics
Advisor (Unofficial) WVU Block and Bridle Club

Research Interests

Pen-Raising Ruffed Grouse
The endocrine and pharmacologic control of ovo-implantation, embryonic diapause and corpus luteum life-span and function, the genetics of coat color and the husbandry of fur animals (mink, fox, marten, and ferret).

Representative Publications

Cochrane, R. L. and R. K. Meyer. Delayed nidation in the rat induced by progesterone. Proc. Soc. Biol. Med. (1957) 96: 155-159.

Cochrane, R. L., M.R. N. Prasad and R. K. Meyer. Delayed nidation in the rat induced by autografts of the hypophysis with a case report of “asynchronous implantation.” Endocrinology (1962),70: 228-232.

Shackelford, R. M. and  R. L. Cochrane. Reproductive performance of female mink fed stilbestrol.J. Anim. Sci. (1962) 21: 226-231.