Laura Favetta

Laura Favetta

Associate Professor

BSc, Milan-Italy, PhD Guelph
 Office: Biomed 3621
 519-824-4120 Ext. 56212

 Lab: Biomed 3638
 519-824-4120 Ext. 58261


Research Interests

  • Effect of Endocrine Disrupting Compounds (EDCs), such as Bisphenol A (BPA) and oxidative stressors on gene expression and molecular mechanisms regulating early embryonic development and cell proliferation/arrest.
  • Effect of cannabinoids (THC) on gamete competence and fertilization capability and pre-implantation embryonic development.

Current Graduate Students

  • Ola Davis - PhD
  • Eric Hawrylyshyn - MSc
  • Fiona McIlhargey - MSc
  • Thalia Goncalves - MBS
  • Sophie Langlois - MBS
  • Grace Morrison – MBS
  • Diana May - MBS

Selected Publications

  1. Patel RH., Truong VB., Sabry R., Acosta JE., McCahill K., Favetta LA. (2023) SMAD signaling pathway is disrupted by BPA via the AMH Receptor in Bovine Granulosa Cells. Biol Reprod. Sep 19:ioad125. doi: 10.1093/biolre/ioad125. Online ahead of print.
  2. Davis OS., Truong VB., Hickey KD. and Favetta LA. (2023) Quality of fresh and cryopreserved bovine sperm is reduced by BPA and BPF exposure. Reprod Fertil. 2023 Sep 1:RAF-23-0018. doi: 10.1530/RAF-23-0018. Online ahead of print.
  3. Sabry R., Williams M., LaMarre J. and Favetta LA. (2023) Granulosa cells undergo BPA-induced apoptosis in a miR-21-independent manner. Exp Cell Res 427(1), 113574 doi: 10.1016/j.yexcr.2023.113574. 
  4. Truong VB., Davis OS., Gracey J., Neal MS., Khokhar JY. and Favetta LA. (2023) Sperm capacitation and transcripts levels are altered by in vitro THC exposure. BMC Molecular and Cell Biology. Feb 23;24(1):6. doi: 10.1186/s12860-023-00468-3.
  5. Rho N-Y., Mogas T., King WA. and Favetta LA. (2023) Testis Specific Protein Y-encoded (TSPY) is required for male early embryo development in Bos TaurusInternational Journal of Molecular Sciences 24(4),3349.
  6. Dufour J., Sabry R., Khokhar JY. and Favetta LA. (2022) Delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) effects on the cortisol stress response in bovine granulosa cells. Toxicol In Vitro. Dec 31:105549. doi: 10.1016/j.tiv.2022.105549.
  7. Kourmaeva E., Sabry R. and Favetta LA. (2022) Bisphenols A and F, but not S, Induce Apoptosis in Bovine Granulosa Cells Via the Intrinsic Mitochondrial Pathway. Front. Endocrinol. 13:1028438. doi: 10.3389/fendo.2022.1028438
  8. Sabry R., Williams M., Werry N., LaMarre J. and Favetta LA. (2022) BPA decreases PDCD4 in bovine granulosa cells independently of miR-21 inhibition. International Journal of Molecular Sciences 23,8276. 10.3390/ijms23158276
  9. Sabry R., Nguyen M., Younes S. and Favetta LA. (2022) BPA and its analogs increase oxidative stress levels in in vitro cultured granulosa cells by dysregulating anti-oxidant enzymes expression Molecular and Cellular Endocrinology Jan 20;545:111574. doi: 10.1016/j.mce.2022.111574.
  10. Nguyen M., Sabry R., Davis OS. and Favetta LA. (2022) BPA, BPS and BPF effects on oxidative stress and anti-oxidant enzymes expression in bovine oocytes and spermatozoa. Genes (Basel) Jan 14;13(1):142. doi: 10.3390/genes13010142.
  11. Kuzma-Hunt AG., Truong VB. and Favetta LA. (2021) Glucocorticoids, stress, and delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) during early embryonic development. International Journal of Molecular Sciences, 22 (14).,
  12. Saleh AC., Sabry R., Mastromonaco GF. and Favetta LA. (2021). BPA and BPS affect the expression of anti-Mullerian hormone (AMH) and its receptor during bovine oocyte maturation and early embryo development. Reproductive Biology and Endocrinology Journal, 19 (1)., doi: 10.1186/s12958-021-00773-6.
  13. Misner MJ., Taborek A., Dufour J., Sharifi L., Khokhar JY. and Favetta LA. (2021). Effects of Delta-9 Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) on Oocyte Competence and Early Embryonic Development. Frontiers in Toxicology. 3: 647918.
  14. Sabry R, Apps C, Reiter-Saunders JA, Saleh AC, Balachandran S, St John EJ, Favetta LA. (2021). BPA and BPS Affect Connexin 37 in Bovine Cumulus Cells. Genes (Basel). 12(2):321. doi: 10.3390/genes12020321.
  15. Sabry R., Saleh AC., Stalker L., LaMarre J., Favetta LA. (2021). Effects of bisphenol A and bisphenol S on microRNA expression during bovine (Bos taurus) oocyte maturation and early embryo development. Reproductive Toxicology. 99: 96-108.
  16. Sabry R, Favetta LA, Yamate J & LaMarre J (2019). MicroRNAs: Potential Targets and Agents of Endocrine Disruption in Female Reproduction. Journal of Toxicologic Pathology. 32(4):213-221. doi: 10.1293/tox.2019-0054.
  17. Ferris JC, Mahboubi K, MacLusky N, King WA & Favetta LA (2016). BPA exposure during in vitro oocyte maturation results in dose-dependent alterations to embryo development rates, apoptosis rate, sex ratio and gene expression. Reproductive Toxicology, 59, 128-138.