Tomorrow’s scientists must be innovative critical thinkers.

Through basic, applied-translational, and clinical research, and strong relationships with biotechnology companies and industries, students are trained to think globally.

The Animal Reproduction and Biotechnology Laboratory provides classroom coursework and experiential research at the undergraduate, graduate, postdoctoral, and professional veterinary levels.

Degree Programs


The lab hosts seminars every Monday at 4 p.m. during the fall and spring semesters, in addition to the annual Niswender Lecture in Reproductive Technology and the Squires Lecture in Equine Reproduction. All seminars are open the public.

Continuing Education

The Equine Reproduction Laboratory’s long-standing offerings of outstanding short courses and continuing education in equine reproduction are tailored to meet the needs of equine professionals and veterinarians.

Rocky Mountain Reproductive Sciences Symposium

This annual public conference was launched in 2008 to foster regional interests in various aspects of reproductive sciences and to provide a forum for students, trainees, and professionals to interact and exchange ideas. Developed and hosted by the Animal Reproduction and Biotechnology Laboratory, this symposium attracts participants from around the country every spring. Information and registration for the 2024 event will be posted early in the year. 

Rocky Mountain Reproductive Sciences Symposium past themes


Theme: Developmental mechanisms, fetal therapy, and the hope for improved congenital diaphragmatic hernia outcomes

Speakers: Dr. David McCulley on “Genetic and Developmental Mechanisms of Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia” and Dr. Michael Zaretsky on “Fetal Therapy: A Little History and FETO for Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia.”


Theme: Identifying the problem (sperm phenotypes and diagnostics) and finding the solution (stem cell therapies) for male infertility

Speakers: Dr. Peter Sutovsky on “Andrology in the Age of Precision Medicine—Looking Back While Moving Forward” and Dr. Kyle Orwig on “Stem Cell Therapies for Male Infertility: Translating Lab Bench Discoveries into Clinical Practice.”


Theme: Human Implantation: How much do we know?

Speakers: Dr. Ye Yuan on “In-vitro culture of human embryos beyond implantation” and Dr. Danny Schust on “Modeling human implantation using stem cells.”


Theme: Rewriting Reproduction: Perspectives on Gene Editing & Bioethics

Speakers: Dr. Pablo Ross on “CRISPRing Livestock Embryos: From Human Organ Generation to Enhancing Agricultural Traits” and Dr. Margaret F. Riley on “CRISPR Quandaries: Ethical Animal Use and Advanced Technologies.”


Theme: Prenatal Stress and Neurodevelopment

Speakers: Dr. Bob Handa on “Long-term Neurobiological Consequences of Stress and Glucocorticoid Exposure During Fetal Life” and Dr. Camille Hoffman on “Maternal Stress and Depression During Pregnancy and the Impact on Preterm Birth and Longer-term Neurodevelopment.”


Theme: Normality of Offspring from Assisted Reproductive Technology

Speakers: Dr. Paolo Rinaudo on “Can preimplantation embryo manipulation affect offspring’s metabolic health?” and Dr. Rebecca Krisher on “Birth outcomes in clinical ART: Do culture conditions alter embryo physiology with lasting impact?”


Theme: Maternal Obesity and Pregnancy

Speakers: Dr. Patrick Catalano on “Clinical Issues in Obesity and Pregnancy” and

Dr. Peter W. Nathanielsz on “Maternal Programming of Offspring Metabolism by Maternal Obesity.”


Theme: Female Reproductive Disorders

Speakers: Dr. Asgi Fazleabas on “Uterine Function and Dysfunction-Impact of Endometriosis” and Dr. Ruben Alvero on “The Enigma of Endometriosis: Current Evaluation and Treatment.”


Theme: Male Reproductive Physiology and Pathology

Speakers: Dr. David Zarkower on “A fragile truce: how sexual fates are established and maintained in the mammalian gonad” and Dr. Rao Veeramachaneni on “In search of a link between dwindling male and endocrine-disrupting chemicals.”


Theme: Parturition and Preterm Labor.

Speakers: Dr. Joe Hurt: New Science for an Old Problem: Preterm Birth Prediction and Prevention” and Dr. Carole Mendelson on “MiR-iad Roles of MicroRNAs in Pregnancy and Labor.”


Theme: Reproductive Aging: Menopause and Associated Health Effects

Speakers: Dr. Jonathan Tilly on “Rewinding the Female Biological Clock Through Oogonial Stem Cell- Based Regenerative Medicine” and Dr. Nanette Santoro on “Endocrinology of Reproductive Aging.”


Speakers: Dr. Robert Ozols on “Ovarian Cancer: Time for a new paradigm” and Dr. Bill Murdoch on “Mechanisms and pathobiology of ovulation.”


Speakers: Dr. William D. Schlaff on “Perspectives on a quarter century of assisted reproduction: Fancy to fact” and Dr. J. Richard Chaillet on “Genomic imprinting and epigenetic reprogramming.”


Speakers: Dr. Giacomo Meschia on “Blood flow to the pregnant uterus: Its relation to fetal and placental oxygen consumption” and Dr. Fred Battaglia on “Clinical studies of perfusion and transport in human pregnancies.”