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Animal Science Faculty

Tom Spencer

Tom Spencer


Reproductive and Developmental Biology

S158A Animal Sciences Research Center
Division Of Animal Sciences
Columbia, MO 65211

Infertility, pregnancy loss, and intrauterine growth retardation represent major problems in the reproductive performance of domestic animals and the reproductive health of women. The long-term goal of our research program is to understand the key hormonal, cellular, and molecular mechanisms regulating development and function of the uterus and placenta and to translate these findings to the betterment of both animal and human health.

Current Research Areas:
• Biological Role of Endometrial Glands in Uterine Function using Sheep and Mouse Models
• Biological Roles of Exosomes in Conceptus Elongation and Uterine Interactions During Early Pregnancy in Sheep
• Genetic Regulation of Postnatal Uterine Development and Function Using Mouse Models
• Physiological Roles Of Hydroxysteroid (11-Beta) Dehydrogenases And Cortisol During Early Pregnancy in Sheep
• Improving Fertility of Dairy Cattle Using Translational Genomics
• Reducing Embryo Mortality Through Improved Understanding of Embryo Maternal Communication in Beef Cattle
• Systems Biology Approach to Understand Endometrial Receptivity and Pregnancy Loss in Beef Cattle

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