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Animal Science Faculty

Matt Lucy

Matthew C. Lucy


Molecular Endocrinology

S103 Animal Science Research Center
Division Of Animal Sciences
Columbia, MO 65211
  • Phone: (573) 882-9897
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  • Curriculum Vitae


Cornell University, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Ithaca, NY

Bachelor of Science - Animal Science, December 1981.

Kansas State University, College of Agriculture, Manhattan

Master of Science - Animal Science, August 1985.

University of Florida, Institute for Food and Agricultural Sciences, Gainesville

Doctor of Philosophy - Animal Science, December 1990.

Professional Experience

  • September 2003 to Present: Professor of Animal Science, University of Missouri, Columbia.
  • July 2003 to June 2004: Academic sabbatical; Dexcel Dairy Research, Hamilton, New Zealand.
  • September 2000 to September 2003: Associate Professor of Animal Science, University of Missouri, Columbia.
  • December 1993 to September 2000: Assistant Professor of Animal Science, University of Missouri, Columbia.
  • December 1990 to December 1993: Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Animal Sciences Division, Monsanto Company, St. Louis, MO.
  • November 1986 to July 1987: Staff Scientist, Ciba‑Geigy Advanced Biotechnology Research Unit, Research Triangle Park, NC.

Awards, Honors, and Significant Activity

  • Gamma Sigma Delta.
  • 1990 ADSA National Milk Producers Federation Hoyt Award.
  • 1999 College of Agriculture Distinguished Researcher Award for Junior Faculty.
  • 2000 Midwestern Section ASAS Outstanding Young Researcher Award.
  • 2000 Gamma Sigma Delta Junior Faculty Research Award.
  • 2000 ADSA Foundation Scholar Award.
  • 2003 ADSA Pfizer Animal Health Physiology Award.
  • 2008 College of Agriculture Golden Apple Teaching Award.
  • 2010 College of Agriculture Outstanding Graduate Advisor.
  • 2010 ASAS Animal Physiology and Endocrinology Award
  • 2006-present Physiology Section Editor, Journal of Dairy Science
  • President, Dairy Cattle Reproduction Council; 2010-2011


Referred Research Publications (past five years)

  1. Radcliff, R.P., McCormack, B.L., Keisler, D.H. Crooker, B.A. and M.C. Lucy. 2006. Partial feed restriction decreases growth hormone receptor 1A mRNA expression in postpartum dairy cows. J. Dairy Sci. 89:611-619.
  2. Bracken, C.J., Seaman-Bridges, J.S. Safranski, T.J., and  M.C. Lucy. 2006. Ovarian follicular development, estrus, and ovulation in seasonally anestrous sows treated seven days post weaning with equine and human chorionic gonadotropins. J. Swine Health Prod. 14:207-209.
  3. Bracken, C.J., Radcliff, R.P., McCormack, B.L., Keisler, D.H. and M. C. Lucy. 2006. Decreased follicular size during late lactation caused by treatment with charcoal-treated follicular fluid delays onset of estrus and ovulation after weaning in sows. J. Anim. Sci. 84:2110-2117.
  4. Agca, C., Ries, J.E., Kolath, S.J., Kim, J.-H., Forrester, L.J., Antoniou, E., Whitworth, K.M., Mathialagan, N., Springer, G.K., Prather, R.S., and M.C. Lucy. 2006. Luteinization of porcine preovulatory follicles leads to systematic changes in follicular gene expression. Reproduction 132:133-145.
  5. Gifford, C.A., Racicot, K., Clark, D.S., Austin, K.J., Hansen, T.R., Lucy, M.C., Davies, C.J., Ott, T.L.  2007. Regulation of interferon-stimulated genes in peripheral blood leukocytes in pregnant and bred, nonpregnant dairy cows. J. Dairy Sci. 90:274-280.
  6. Meyer, J. P., Radcliff, R.P., Rhoads, M.L., Bader, J.F., Murphy, C.N., and M.C. Lucy. 2007. Timed artificial insemination of two consecutive services in dairy cows using prostaglandin F2alpha and gonadotropin-releasing hormone. J. Dairy Sci. 90:691-698.
  7. Bracken, C.J., Radcliff, R.P., McCormack, B.L., Keisler, D.H. and M. C. Lucy. 2007. Two days of pulsatile GnRH infusion beginning four days before weaning in sows initiates a wave of follicular growth that is not sustained after weaning. Anim. Reprod. Sci. 102:158-164.
  8. Schafer, D.J., Bader, J.F., Meyer, J.P., Haden, J.K., Ellersieck, M.R., Lucy, M.C., Smith, M.F. and D.J. Patterson. 2007. Comparison of progestin-based protocols to synchronize estrus and ovulation before fixed-time artificial insemination in postpartum beef cows. J Anim. Sci. 85:1940-1945.
  9. Atkins, J.A., Busch, D.C., Bader, J.F., Keisler, D.H., Patterson, D.J., Lucy, M.C., and M.F. Smith. 2008. Gonadotropin-releasing hormone-induced ovulation and luteinizing hormone release  in beef heifers: effect of day of the cycle. J Anim Sci. 86:83-93.
  10. Rhoads, M.L., Meyer, J.P., Lamberson, W.R., Keisler, D.H., and M.C. Lucy. 2008. Uterine and hepatic gene expression in relation to days postpartum, estrus, and pregnancy in postpartum dairy cows. J Dairy Sci. 91:140-150.
  11. Rhoads, M.L., Meyer, J.P., Kolath, S.J., Lamberson, W.R., 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. 91:1802-1813.
  12. Leitman, N.R., Busch, D.C., Bader, J.F., Mallory, D.A., Wilson, D.J., Lucy, M.C., Ellersieck, M.R., Smith, M.F., and D.J. Patterson. 2008. Comparison of protocols to synchronize estrus and ovulation in estrous-cycling and prepubertal beef heifers. J. Anim. Sci. 86:1808-1818.
  13. Winkelman, L.A., Lucy, M.C., Elsasser, T.H., Pate, J.L., and C. K. Reynolds. 2008. Short communication: suppressor of cytokine signaling-2 mRNA increases after parturition in the liver of dairy cows. J. Dairy Sci. 91:1080-1086.
  14. Vicini, J., Etherton, T., Kris-Etherton, P., Ballam, J., Denham, S., Staub, R., Goldstein, D., Cady, R., McGrath, M., and M. Lucy. 2008. Survey of retail milk composition as affected by label claims regarding farm-management practices. J. Am. Diet. Assoc. 108:1198-203.
  15. Lucy, M.C., Verkerk, G.A., Whyte, B.E., Macdonald, K.A., Burton, L., Cursons, R.T., Roche, J.R., and C.W. Holmes. 2009. Somatotropic axis components and nutrient partitioning in genetically diverse dairy cows managed under different feed allowances in a pasture system. J. Dairy Sci. 92:526-539.
  16. Chagas, L.M., Lucy, M.C., Back, P.J., Blache, D., Lee, J.M., Gore, P.J., Sheahan, A.J., and J.R. Roche. 2009. Insulin resistance in divergent strains of Holstein-Friesian dairy cows offered fresh pasture and increasing amounts of concentrate in early lactation. J Dairy Sci. 92:216-222.
  17. Agca, C., Lucy, M. C., and Y. Agca. 2009. Gene expression profile of rat ovarian tissue following xenotransplantation into immune-deficient mice. Reproduction137:957-967.
  18. Okamura, C.S., Bader, J.F., Keisler, D.H., and M.C. Lucy. 2009. Short communication: Growth hormone receptor expression in two dairy breeds during the periparturient period. J Dairy Sci. 92:2706-2710.
  19. McCormack, B. L., Chase, C. C. Jr., Olson, T. A., Elsasser, T. H., Hammond, A. C., Welsh, T. H. Jr., Jiang, H., Randel, R. D., Okamura, C. A., and M. C. Lucy. 2009. A miniature condition in Brahman cattle is associated with a single nucleotide mutation within the growth hormone gene. Domest Anim Endocrinol. 37:104-111.
  20. Green, J. C., Volkmann, D. H., Poock, S. E., McGrath, M. F., Ehrhardt, M., Moseley, A. E., and M. C. Lucy. 2009. Technical note: A rapid enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay blood test for pregnancy in dairy and beef cattle. J Dairy Sci. 92:3819-3824.
  21. Mathew, D., Sellner, E., Okamura, C., Geisert, R., Anderson, L., and M. Lucy. 2009. Effect of progesterone antagonist RU486 on uterine progesterone receptor mRNA expression, embryonic development and ovarian function during early pregnancy in pigs. Soc Reprod Fertil Suppl. 66:333-334.
  22. Grala, T.M., Kay, J.K., Walker, C.G., Sheahan, A.J., Littlejohn, M.D., Lucy, M.C., and J. R. Roche. 2010. Expression analysis of key somatotropic axis and liporegulatory genes in ghrelin- and obestatin-infused dairy cows. Domest. Anim. Endocrinol. 39:76-83.
  23. Knox, R. V., Day, M. L., Lewis, G. S., Lucy, M. C., Vonnahme,  K. A. 2010. Triennial Reproduction Symposium: Challenges and Opportunities Facing Livestock Reproduction in the 21st Century. J Anim Sci. 88(13 Suppl):E193-194.
  24. Ross, J.W., Ashworth, M.D., Mathew, D., Reagan, P., Ritchey, J.W., Hayashi, K., Spencer, T.E., Lucy, M., and R.D. Geisert. 2010. Activation of the transcription factor, nuclear factor kappa-B, during the estrous cycle and early pregnancy in the pig. Reprod. Biol. Endocrinol. 8:39.
  25. Green, J.C., Okamura, C.S., Poock, S.E., and M.C. Lucy. 2010. Measurement of interferon-tau (IFN-tau) stimulated gene expression in blood leukocytes for pregnancy diagnosis within 18-20d after insemination in dairy cattle. Anim. Reprod. Sci. 121(1-2):24-33.
  26. Green, J.C., Okamura, C.S., Mathew, D.J., Newsom, E.M., and M.C. Lucy. 2010. Hot topic: Successful fixed-time insemination within 21 d after first insemination by combining chemical pregnancy diagnosis on d 18 with a rapid resynchronization program. J. Dairy Sci. 93:5668-5672.
  27. Green, J.C., Newsom, E.M., and M.C. Lucy. 2011. Incorporation of a rapid pregnancy-associated glycoprotein ELISA into a CIDR-Ovsynch resynchronization program for a 28 day re-insemination interval. Theriogenology 75:320-328.
  28. Mathew, D. J., Sellner, E. M., Green, J. C., Okamura, C. S., Anderson, L. L., Lucy, M. C., and R. D. Geisert. 2011. Uterine progesterone receptor expression, conceptus development, and ovarian function in pigs treated with RU 486 during early pregnancy. Biol. Reprod. 84:130-139.
  29. Bonilla, A.Q., Oliveira, L.J., Ozawa, M., Newsom, E.M., Lucy, M.C., and P. J. Hansen. 2011. Developmental changes in thermoprotective actions of insulin-like growth factor-1 on the preimplantation bovine embryo. Mol. Cell. Endocrinol. 332(1-2):170-179.
  30. Grala, T.M., Lucy, M.C., Phyn, C.V., Sheahan, A.J., Lee, J.M., and J.R. Roche. 2011. Somatotropic axis and concentrate supplementation in grazing dairy cows of genetically diverse origin. J Dairy Sci. 94:303-315.

Invited Refereed Review Articles

  1. Lucy M. C. 2007. The bovine dominant ovarian follicle. J. Anim. Sci. 85 (E Suppl.) E89-E99.
  2. Chagas, L.M., Bass, J.J., Blache, D., Burke, C.R., Kay, J.K., Lindsay, D.R., Lucy, M.C., Martin, G.B., Meier, S., Rhodes, F.M., Roche, J.R., Thatcher, W.W., and R. Webb. 2007. Invited review: New perspectives on the roles of nutrition and metabolic priorities in the subfertility of high-producing dairy cows. J. Dairy Sci. 90:4022-4032
  3. Lucy, M.C. 2008. Functional differences in the growth hormone and insulin-like growth factor axis in cattle and pigs: implications for post-partum nutrition and reproduction. Reprod Domest Anim. 43 Suppl 2:31-39.

Invited Refereed Book

  1. Spain, J.N., Lucy, M.C., and D.K. Hardin. 2007. Effects of nutrition on reproduction in dairy cattle. Pages 442-450. In: Current Therapy in Large Animal Theriogenology. R. S. Youngquist and W.R. Threlfall (Eds). Saunders Elsevier, St. Louis, MO.
  2. Lucy, M.C. 2007. Fertility in high-producing dairy cows: Reasons for decline and corrective strategies for sustainable improvement. Soc Reprod Fertil Suppl. 64:237-254.