Jerry Bouma

Biomedical Sciences

About Jerry

Jerry Bouma received his undergraduate degree from the Van Hall Institute in the Netherlands in 1998, with an emphasis in environmental toxicology. He spent a year working in Dr. Rex Hess’ lab at the University of Illinois as a research technician, studying the role of estrogen receptors in the male reproductive tract, before he got accepted into the PhD graduate program at the University of Idaho in 1999. In 2003 he received his PhD in Zoology with an emphasis on Reproductive Physiology after successfully defending his dissertation entitled “Estrogen receptor-alpha (ERa) in the gonads of the rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss)”. He received a postdoctoral fellowship at the Jackson Laboratory in Bar Harbor (Maine) in 2003 to work on the developmental genetics of mammalian fetal gonad development using transgenic mice as a model. In 2006, Jerry was hired as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biomedical Sciences at Colorado State University (CSU). Since arriving at CSU, Jerry has focused on, and developed a number of different research areas, including the role of transcription factors in mammalian fetal ovarian development, identifying the function of cell-secreted vesicles containing microRNAs and proteins in ovarian follicle growth and maturation, and most recently studying gene function in mammalian placental development and function. In fact, the most of his current research efforts are aimed at understanding the role of androgen signaling in the mammalian placenta and using sheep as a model. Our research group takes advantage of unique opportunities to manipulate gene function using lentiviral shRNA and CRISPR-Cas9 gene editing tools to specifically target genes in the placenta to study the role of placenta development and function in fetal growth and development, and postnatal offspring health. Currently, Jerry is an Associate Professor in the Biomedical Sciences department and runs an active research program in female reproductive physiology. He enjoys teaching and coordinates and teaches BMS360 “Fundamentals of Physiology”, BMS640 “Reproductive Physiology and Endocrinology”, BMS496C “Fundamentals of Physiology; Case Studies Honors Breakout Section”, and teaches half of BMS501 “Mammalian Physiology II”, in addition to the reproductive physiology section in BMS300 “Principles of Human Physiology”, and guest lectures in BMS521 “Comparative Reproductive Physiology”, EH502 “Fundamentals in Toxicology”, and ANEQ510 “Bovine Reproduction Mgmt."


PhD, The University of Idaho, Moscow, ID, 2003BS, Van Hall Institute, The Netherlands, 1998

Research Specialty

Molecular Biology and Animal PhysiologyThe Bouma laboratory uses molecular biology and cellular techniques, including reverse transcription QPCR, immunohistochemical and immunofluorescence localization, cell culture, PCR cloning, viral gene targeting (shRNA, CRISPR-Cas9), Western blot analysis, and co-immunoprecipitation and chromatin-immunoprecipitation experiments. In order to study gene function in placenta in vivo sheep are used as a model for pregnancy, and experiments involve embryo flushes and embryo transfer surgeries.