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Animal Science Faculty

Bill Lamberson

William R. Lamberson


Associate Director of Animal Sciences
Physiological Genetics

159B Animal Science Research Center
Division Of Animal Sciences
Columbia, MO 65211


  • University of Nebraska

    B.S. 1979
  • Oregon State University

    M.S. 1981
  • University of Nebraska

    Ph.D. 1984


1998-Present Professor of Animal Sciences, University of Missouri, Columbia
1990-1998: Associate Professor of Animal Sciences, University of Missouri, Columbia
1984-1990: Assistant Professor of Animal Sciences, University of Missouri, Columbia

Honors and Awards

Gamma Sigma Delta, 1983
National Pork Producers Council Award for Basic Research, 1995
MU Graduate Professional Council Gold Chalk Award, Biological Sciences, 1996
CAFNR Teaching Scholar, 1997
CAFNR Outstanding Teacher Award, 1997
National Pork Producers Council Award for Producer Education, 2001
Newsham Lecture in Quantitative Genetics, University of Nebraska, 2005
Director of Graduate Studies, Inaugural Outstanding Contributions Award, 2006
American Society of Animal Science National Distinguished Teacher Award, 2011
CAFNR Graduate Mentor Award, 2012

Professional Experience

Member of American Society of Animal Science, 1978 - present
Animal Breeding and Genetics Committee, 1995 - 1997,
Chairman 1996-1997
Associate Editor for Journal of Animal Science, 2003 - present
Member of the editorial boards of Journal of Animal Science and Tropical Agriculture
Reviewer of grants for USDA SBIR (panel member)
NSF, USDA CRI, NRC AID and Wellcome Trust (ad hoc reviewer)
Director of Graduate Studies in the Division of Animal Sciences, 1993 - 2013
Coordinator of the Miller Summer Research Internship Program, since 1995
Coordinator of the Animal Sciences Research Center, including animal and laboratory facilities housing more than 200 scientists and staff, and with an annual budget of ~ $400,000, since 2002

Graduate Student Advisement

Robert Blair, MS 1987 Kyle Kramer, MS 1988
Judith Davis, MS 1988 Charles Long, MS 1989
Timothy Safranski, MS 1990 Gregg Eckardt, PhD 1992
Ridley Holder, PhD 1993 Timothy Safranski, PhD 1994
Jodi Sterle, MS 1996 Ana Moura, PhD 1996
Miroslav Kaps, PhD 1997 Jodi Sterle, PhD 1998
Cynthia Bracken, MS 2000 Henry Mesa, MS 2002
Laura Melton, MS 2002 Sachin Bhusari, MS 2003
Henry Mesa, PhD 2004 Kristi Cammack, PhD 2005
Elizabeth Maricle, MS 2008 Catherine Selby, MS 2012
Dennis Fennewald, PhD 2012 Kizzi Roberts, MS (in progress)
Tasia Taxis, PhD (in progress) Samaneh Azarpajouh, PhD (in progress)

Refereed Publications (*indicates a graduate advisee):

  • Lamberson, W.R. and D.L. Thomas. 1982. Effects of season and breed of sire on incidence of estrus and ovulation rate in sheep. J. Anim. Sci. 54:533-539.

  • Lamberson, W.R., D.L. Thomas and K.E. Rowe. 1982. The effects of inbreeding in a flock of Hampshire sheep. J. Anim. Sci. 55:780-786.

  • Lamberson, W.R. and D.L. Thomas. 1984. Effects of inbreeding in sheep: A review. Anim. Breed. Abstr. 52:287-297.

  • Lamberson, W.R. and R.K. Johnson. 1984. Preweaning survival in swine: heritability of direct and maternal effects. J. Anim. Sci. 59:346-349.

  • Johnson, R.K., Dwane R. Zimmerman, W.R. Lamberson and S. Sasaki. 1985. Influencing prolificacy by selecting for physiological factors. In: D.J.A. Cole, G.R. Foxcroft and Barbara J. Weir (Ed.) Control of Pig Reproduction II, pp. 139-149.

  • Lamberson, W.R. and B.N. Day. 1986. Response to selection for increased superovulation rate in swine. World Cong. Genet. Appl. Livestock Prod. XI:249.

  • Lamberson, W.R. and V.A. Lambeth. 1986. Repeatability of response to superovulation Brangus cows. Theriogenology 26:643-648.

  • Lamberson, W.R., R.M. Blair, K.A. Rohde Parfet, B.N. Day and R.K. Johnson. 1988. Effect of sex ratio of the birth litter on subsequent reproductive performance of gilts. J. Anim. Sci. 66:595.

  • Lamberson, W.R., R.M. Blair and C.R. Long. 1989. Effect of unilateral ovariectomy on reproductive traits of mice. Anim. Reprod. Sci. 20:49-55.

  • Rohde Parfet, K.A., W.R. Lamberson, A.R. Rieke, T.C. Cantley, V.K. Ganjam, F.S. vomSaal and B.N. Day. 1990. Intrauterine position effects in male and female swine: Subsequent survivability, growth rate, morphology and semen characteristics. J. Anim. Sci. 68:179-185.

  • Rohde Parfet, K.A., V.K. Ganjam, W.R. Lamberson, A.R. Rieke, F.S. vomSaal and B.N. Day. 1990. Intrauterine position effects in female swine: Subsequent reproductive performance and social and sexual behavior. Anim. Reprod. Behav. Sci. 26:349-362.

  • Lamberson, W.R. 1990. Genetic parameters for reproductive traits. In: L.D. Young, (Ed.) The Genetics of Swine. U.S. Department of Agriculture, U.S. Meat Animal Research Center, Clay Center, Nebraska.

  • *Long, C.R., W.R. Lamberson and R.O. Bates. 1991. Genetic correlations among reproductive traits and uterine dimensions in mice. J. Anim. Sci. 69:99-103.
  • *Davis, J.A. and W.R. Lamberson. 1991. Effect of heterosis on performance of mice across three environments. J. Anim. Sci. 69:543-550.

  • *Safranski, T.J., W.R. Lamberson and R.O. Bates. 1991. Effect of exposure on expression of genetic potential for age at puberty in gilts. Anim. Prod. 52:521-526.

  • *Kramer, K.K. and W.R. Lamberson. 1991. Long-term effects of unilateral ovariectomy on ovarian function in gilts. Anim. Reprod. Sci. 26:137-149.

  • Lamberson, W.R., R.K. Johnson, Dwane R. Zimmerman and T.E. Long. 1991. Direct responses to selection for increased litter size, decreased age at puberty or random selection following selection for ovulation rate in swine. J. Anim. Sci. 69:3129-3142.

  • *Safranski, T.J., W.R. Lamberson and D.H. Keisler. 1992. Use of melengestrol acetate (MGA) and gonadotropins to induce fertile estrus in anestrous ewes. J. Anim. Sci. 70:2935-2941.

  • Wahle, B.S., J.D. Sikes and W.R. Lamberson. 1993. Effect of bovine follicular fluid on gonadotropin secretion and ovulation rate in the cycling ewe with subsequent passive immunization of prepubertal mice with bovine follicular fluid antisera. Anim. Reprod. Sci. 31:263-275.

  • *Safranski, T.J., W.R. Lamberson and D.H. Keisler. 1993. Correlations among three measures of puberty in mice and relationships with estradiol concentration and ovulation. Biol. Reprod. 48:669-673.

  • Lamberson, W.R. 1994. Production of genetically identical swine: uses for families with reduced phenotypic variation. Theriogenology 41:453-460.

  • Matteri, R.L., B.A. Becker and W.R. Lamberson. 1994. Somatotroph and lactotroph function in relation to growth in six-week-old pigs reared in a hot or cool environment. Dom. Anim. Endo. 11:101-114.

  • Matteri, R.L., W.R. Lamberson and D.H. Keisler. 1994. Relationship between in vitro somatotroph function and growth in three-week-old barrows. Dom. Anim. Endo. 11:363-373.

  • Lamberson, W.R. 1994. Improving carcass composition through selective breeding. In: H.D. Hafs and R.G. Zimbleman, (Eds.) Low Fat Meat: Human Implications. Academic Press.

  • *Holder, R. B., W. R. Lamberson, R. O. Bates and T. J. Safranski. 1995. Lifetime productivity of gilts previously selected for decreased age at puberty. Anim. Sci. 61:115-121.

  • *Sterle, J. A., T. C. Cantley, W. R. Lamberson, M. L. Lucy, D. Gerrard, R. L. Matteri and B. N. Day. 1995. Effect of recombinant porcine somatotropin on placental size, fetal growth, and IGF-I and IGF-II concentrations in pigs. J. Anim. Sci. 73:2980-2985.

  • Lamberson, W. R., T. J. Safranski, R. O. Bates, D. H. Keisler and R. L. Matteri. 1995. Relationships of serum IGF-I concentrations to growth compositional and reproductive traits of swine. J. Anim. Sci. 73:3241-3245.

  • *Sterle, J. A. and W. R. Lamberson. 1996. Effects of exposure to an estrual female on attainment of puberty in gilts. Theriogenology 45:733-744.
    Lamberson, W. R. and G. R. Eckardt. 1996. Local changes in uterine dimensions in the pregnant pig. Anim. Reprod. Sci. 43:35-41.

  • *Holder, R. B. and W. R. Lamberson. 1996. Selection for alternative measures of feed efficiency in mice: Population and procedures. USDA Anim. Welfare. Newsletter 6:14-16.

  • Yuan, W., J. A. Sterle, T. C. Cantley, W. R. Lamberson, B. N. Day and M. C. Lucy. 1996. Responses of porcine corpora lutea to somatotropin administration during pregnancy. J. Anim. Sci. 74:873-878.

  • Powell, M. R., M. Kaps, W. R. Lamberson and D. H. Keisler. 1996. Use of melengestrol acetate-based treatments to induce and synchronize estrus in seasonally anestrous ewes. J. Anim. Sci. 74:2292-2302.

  • Lamberson, W. R., J. A. Sterle and R. L. Matteri. 1996. Relationships of serum IGF-II concentrations to growth compositional and reproductive traits of swine. J. Anim. Sci. 74:1753-1756.

  • *Moura, A. S. A. M. T., M. Kaps, D. W. Vogt and W. R. Lamberson. 1997. Two-way selection for daily gain and feed conversion in a composite rabbit population. J. Anim. Sci. 75:2344-2349.

  • Lamberson, W.R. 1998. Marker allele frequency index selection as a method for reducing loss of genetic variation in small populations. World Congr. Genet. Appl. Livestock Prod. 28:107-110.

  • MacNeil, M.D., S. Newman, W.R. Lamberson and Z. Hochman. 1998. Decision support systems to aid beef producers in choosing a crossbreeding strategy. World Congr. Genet. Appl. Livestock Prod. 27:437-440.

  • *Sterle, J.A., C.K. Boyd, J.T. Peacock, A.T. Koenigsfeld, W.R. Lamberson, D.E. Gerrard and M.C. Lucy. 1998. Insulin-like growth factor (IGF)-I, IGF-II, IGF-binding protein-2 and pregnancy-associated glycoprotein mRNA in pigs with somatotropin-enhanced fetal growth. J. Endocrinol. 159(3):441-450.

  • *Moura, A.S.A.M.T., D.E. Spiers and W.R. Lamberson. 1998. Thermogenic activity of Growth Hormone Transgenic mice. Growth, Development and Aging 62:149-159.

  • *Holder, R.B., A.S.A.M.T. Moura and W.R. Lamberson. 1999. Direct and correlated responses to selection for efficiency of lean gain in mice. J. Anim. Sci. 77:575-581.

  • *Kaps, M., A.S.A.M.T. Moura, T.J. Safranski and W.R. Lamberson. 1999. Components of growth in mice hemizygous for a MT/bGH transgene. J. Anim. Sci. 77:1148-1154.

  • *Kaps, M., W.O. Herring and W.R. Lamberson. 1999. Genetic and environmental parameters for mature weight in Angus cattle. J. Anim. Sci. 77:569-574.

  • Garton, B.L., J.N. Spain, W.R. Lamberson and D.E. Spiers. 1999. Learning styles, teaching performance, and student achievement: A relationship study. J. Agric. Educ. 40:11-20.

  • Kobayashi, Y., C.K. Boyd, C.J. Bracken, W.R. Lamberson, D.H. Keisler, M.C. Lucy. 1999. Reduced growth hormone receptor (GHR) messenger ribonucleic acid in liver of periparturient cattle is caused by a specific down-regulation of GHR 1 A that is associated with decreased insulin-like growth factor I. Endocrinology 140(9) 3947-3954.

  • Lamberson, W.A., T.J. Safranski. 2000. A model for economic comparison of swine insemination programs. Theriogenology 54(5)799-807.

  • *Kaps, M., W.O. Herring and W.R. Lamberson. 2000. Genetic and environmental parameters for traits derived from the Brody growth curve and their relationship with weaning weight in Angus cattle. J. Anim. Sci. 78:1436-1442.

  • Calder, M.D., M. Manikkam, B.E. Salfen, R.S. Youngquist, D.B. Lubahn, W.R. Lamberson, H.A. Garverick. 2001. Dominant bovine ovarian follicular cysts express increased levels of messenger RNAs for luteinizing hormone receptor and 3 beta-hydroxysteroid dehydrogenase Delta (4), Delta(5) isomerase compared to normal dominant follicles. Biology of Reproduction 65(2):471-476.

  • Strauch, T.A., E.J. Scholljegerdes, D.J. Patterson, M.F. Smith, M.C. Lucy, W.R. Lamberson, J.E. Williams. 2001. Influence of undegraded intake protein on reproductive performance of primiparous beef heifers maintained on stockpiled fescue pasture. Journal of Animal Science. 79(3):574-581.

  • Lamberson W.R. and J.D Firman. 2002. A comparison of quadratic versus segmented regression procedures for estimating nutrient requirements. Poultry Science. 81:481-484.

  • Lamberson, W.R., P.J. Lamberson and L.L. Melton. 2002. A relationship-based algorithm for identifying genetically diverse subpopulations. Proc. 7th World Congr. Genet. Appl. Livestock Prod. Vol. 28: 24-26.

  • *Sterle, J.A., T.C. Cantley, R.L. Matteri, J.A. Carroll, M.C. Lucy and W. R. Lamberson. 2003. Effect of Recombinant Porcine Somatotropin on Fetal and Placental Growth in Gilts with Reduced Uterine Capacity. Journal of Animal Science 81:765-771.

  • *Mesa, H., T.J. Safranski, R.K. Johnson, and W.R. Lamberson. 2003. Correlated Response in Placental Efficiency in Swine Selected for an Index of Components of Litter Size. Journal of Animal Science 81:74-79.

  • *Bracken, C.J., T.J. Safranski, T.C. Cantley, M.C. Lucy and W.R. Lamberson. 2003. Effect of time of ovulation and sperm concentration on fertilization rate in gilts. Theriogenology 60:669-676.

  • *Bracken, C.J., W.R. Lamberson, T.J. Safranski and M.C. Lucy. 2002. Factors affecting follicular populations on day 3 post-weaning and interval to ovulation in a commercial sow herd. Theriogenology 60:11-20.

  • Rosenfeld, C. S., K. Grimm, K. Livingston, W. R. Lamberson, and R. Michael Roberts. 2003. Striking Variation in the Sex Ratio of Pups Born to Mice According to Whether Maternal Diet is High or Low in Fat. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. 100:4628-4632.

  • Whitworth K, GK Springer, LJ Forrester, WG Spollen, J Ries, WR Lamberson, N Bivens, CN Murphy, N Mathialigan, JA Green, and RS Prather. 2004. Developmental expression of 2489 gene clusters during pig embryogenesis: an expressed sequence tag project. Biol Reprod. 71:1230-43.

  • Hampton JH, JF Bader, WR Lamberson, MF Smith, RS Youngquist, and HA Garverick. 2004. Gonadotropin requirements for dominant follicle selection in GnRH agonist-treated cows. Reproduction 127:695-703.

  • *Kaps, M. and W. R. Lamberson. 2004. Biostatistics for Animal Science. CABI Publishing, Wallingford, U.K.

  • *Mesa, H., T. J. Safranski, K. A. Fischer, K. M. Cammack and W. R. Lamberson. 2005. Selection for placental efficiency in swine: Genetic parameters and trends. J. Anim. Sci. 83:983-991.

  • Lamberson, William and Michael Smith. 2005. Encouraging science reading beyond the curriculum. J. Anim. Sci. 83:1972-1975.

  • *Cammack, K.M., D.E. Spiers, P.A. Eichen and W.R. Lamberson. 2005. Relationships between body temperature and performance traits in heat-stressed rats. J. Thermal Biology 30: 467-477.

  • *Mesa, H., T. J. Safranski, K. M. Cammack, R.L Weaber, and W. R. Lamberson. 2006. Genetic and phenotypic relationships of farrowing and weaning survival to birth and placental weights in pigs. J. Anim. Sci. 84:32-40.

  • *Cammack, K. M., H. Mesa, and W. R. Lamberson. 2006. Genetic variation in fertility of heat-stressed male mice. Theriogenology. (in press).

  • *Bhusari, S., L.B. Hearne, D.E. Spiers, W.R. Lamberson and E. Antoniou. 2006. Effect of fescue toxicosis on hepatic gene expression in mice. J. Anim. Sci. 84:1600-12.

  • *Bhusari, S., Z. Liu, L. B. Hearne, D. E. Spiers, W. R. Lamberson and E. Antoniou. 2007. Expression Profiling of Heat Stress Effects on Mice Fed Ergot Alkaloids. Toxicological Sciences 95:89-97.

  • Rhoads, M. L. , J. P. Meyer, W. R. Lamberson, D. H. Keisler, and M. C. Lucy. 2007. Uterine and Hepatic Gene Expression in Relation to Days Postpartum, Estrus and Pregnancy in Postpartum Dairy Cows. J. Dairy Sci. 91:140-150.

  • Ruhlen RL, J. Haubner, J. K. Tracy, W. Zhu, H. Ehya, W. R. Lamberson, G. E. Rottinghaus, and E. R. Sauter. 2007. Black cohosh relieves symptoms of hormone withdrawal without exerting an estrogenic effect on the breast. Nutrition and Cancer 59:269-277.

  • Rhoads, M. L., J. P. Meyer, W. R. Lamberson, D. H. Keisler, and M. C. Lucy. 2008. Growth hormone receptor, insulin-like growth factor (IGF)-1, and IGF-binding protein-2 expression in the reproductive tissues of early postpartum dairy cows. J. Dairy Sci. 94:1802-1813.

  • *Cammack, K. M., E. Antoniou, L. Hearne and W. R. Lamberson. 2009. Testicular gene expression in male mice divergent for fertility after heat stress. Theriogenology 71:651-661.

  • *Kaps, M. and W. R. Lamberson. 2009. Biostatistics for Animal Science. 2nd ed. CABI Publishing, Wallingford, U.K.

  • Rustemeyer, S. M. W. R. Lamberson, D. R. Ledoux, G. E. Rottinghaus, D. P. Shaw, R. R. Cockrum, K. L. Kessler, K. J. Austin, and K. M. Cammack. 2010. Effects of dietary aflatoxin on health and performance of growing barrows. J. Anim. Sci.88:3624-3630.

  • Rustemeyer, S. M. W. R. Lamberson, D. R. Ledoux, K. Wells, K. J. Austin, and K. M. Cammack. 2011. Effects of dietary aflatoxin on the hepatic expression of apoptosis genes in growing barrows. J. Anim. Sci. 89:916-925.

  • *Mesa, H., K.M. Cammack, T. J. Safranski, J. Green and W.R. Lamberson. 2012. Selection for placental efficiency in swine: Conceptus development. J. Anim. Sci. (in press).

  • Garverick, H. A., M. N. Harris, R. Vogel-Bluel, J. D. Sampson, J. Bader, W. R. Lamberson, J. N. Spain, M. C. Lucy and R. S. Youngquist. 2012. NEFA and glucose concentrations in blood of periparturient dairy cows are indicative of pregnancy success at first insemination. J. Dairy Sci. (in press).

  • *Selby, C. H. Smith, T. J. Safranski, D. Fisher, P. Sutovsky and W. Lamberson. 2012. Herbal remedies to alleviate impacts of heat stress on male fertility? Proc. 4th Boar Stud Managers Conf. St. Louis.

Ongoing Support

  • USDA NIFA (Cammack PI) 01/01/2013 – 12/31/2015 Improving Profitability and Sustainability of Sheep Production $159,697 (to Missouri) The goal of this project is to identify genetic mechanisms causing differences in feed efficiency in sheep through rumen metagenomics Role (Co-PI)

  • NIH National Center for Alternative and Complementary Medicine (Lubahn PI) 07/01/2010 – 06/30/2015.

  • MU Center for Botanical Interaction Studies $7,567,252 (funded) The goal of this project is to test the role of botanicals in preventing prostate cancer, preventing age-related neurodegeneration, and modulate antimicrobial defense response.. Role (Co-investigator)

Teaching Responsibilities:

Course Topic Responsibility Enrollment Taught
Animal Science 1011 Introductory Animal Science 30 lectures/coordinator 250 annually
Animal Science 3213 General Genetics 20 lectures/coordinator 130 annually
Animal Science 4323 Applied Livestock Genetics entire course 100 annually
Animal Science 8441 Applied Statistics
entire course 25 alt. years

Administrative Service:

  • Director of Graduate Studies for Animal Sciences, 1993 - present

  • Coordinator of the Animal Science Research Center, 2002 –present

  • Campus Advisory Committee on Space, 2007-present

  • Honorary Degrees Committee, 2008-present (Chair, 2009 – present)

  • Faculty Council, 2001 - 2007; Academic Affairs Chair, 2002-2005, 2006-2007; Council Chair, 2005 – 2006

  • Academic Resource Reallocation and Generation Committee (Chair), 2008-2009

  • Graduate School Fee Waiver Task Force, 2007-present (Chair, 2009 – present)

  • CAFNR Promotion and Tenure Committee (Chair), 2005-2007

Community Service

  • Columbia Public Schools High School Enrollment Planning Committee

  • Ozark Council of Trout Unlimited Board of Directors

  • Southern Bamboo Rodbuilders Board of Directors

  • Trout Unlimited Embrace-a-Stream National Grant Panel Member