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Reproductive Biology

Phone: (307) 766-6278 or 766-4378
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Program Director: Brenda Alexander, Ph.D. and Enette Larson-Meyer, Ph.D., R.D.

Degrees Offered

M.S. and Ph.D. in Reproductive Biology

The University of Wyoming offers an innovative program of graduate studies in vertebrate reproductive biology. This interdisciplinary graduate program was established in 1986 and combines the expertise of faculty members who have established records of accomplishment. Areas of emphasis include:  ovarian biology, fetal/placental physiology, neuroendocrinology, nutrition/reproduction interactions, lactation, pituitary cytoarchitecture, human nutrition/exercise/reproduction, reproductive immunology, and the fetal origins of growth efficiency, reproductive function, and adult disease. In this regard, the Center for the Study of Fetal Programming, which was initiated in 2002, has established a link between faculty at the University of Texas Health Sciences Center, San Antonio, Texas, and the UW faculty in this program, emphasizing both biomedical and agricultural-related research.

The opportunity to study in these exciting areas is made available primarily through the collaborative efforts of the faculty in the departments of Animal Science, Family and Consumer Sciences, Molecular Biology, Veterinary Science, and Zoology and Physiology, as well as the School of Pharmacy. Programs are offered leading to the M.S. degree in Reproductive Biology or Ph.D. degrees in Biomedical Sciences/Reproductive Biology. Qualified students are eligible to compete for a graduate assistantship assigned to the program. Post-doctoral positions provide advanced training in research and teaching.

Both the research and teaching aspects of the program reflect a truly interdisciplinary approach. Research activities range from directly applied to fundamental. Animals used for investigation can include livestock and laboratory species. Modern laboratories are designed for hormonal, chemical, and molecular analysis of biological samples, light, electron and confocal microscopy, incubation of cells, tissues and small animal experimentation. Well-equipped large animal surgical and handling facilities are located at the Laramie Agriculture and Extension Center and Red Buttes Research Center. A well equipped human nutrition and exercise facility is located on campus.

Program Specific Admission Requirements

  • GRE composite score of 291 and 297 for M.S. and Ph.D. students, respectively.
  • GPA of 3.00 (with A=4.00).
  • TOEFL score of 540 for students whose native language is not English.

Program Specific Degree Requirements

Requirements are based on the university minimum requirements.

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