Reproductive & Developmental Biology

High and predictable fertility is essential to efficient food animal production, a competitive horse industry, and companion animal breeding operations. 

Reproductive and developmental biology is a main research focus at OVC, involving clinicians, basic scientists, technicians and students located across four departments and numerous research units and facilities. 

Our animal reproduction research includes fundamental units of fertility and the growing field of stem cell biology. Research spans disciplines such as:

  • environmental and epigenetic regulation of embryo development
  • on-farm delivery of herd reproductive management
  • performance and companion animals and
  • wild, exotic and endangered species

Research programs are conducted under the direction of  nationally and internationally recognized faculty. Research funding includes individual faculty and collaborative grants, involving national and international research agencies and institutions, private industry and charitable donations. An elaborate network of global collaborations among researchers and institutions ensures efficient and innovative progress. 

Canadian and international students at senior undergraduate and graduate levels receive research training and mentorship in a diverse range of research, ensuring a sound foundation for future leaders in reproductive and developmental biology.



Reproductive and Development Biology

Dr. Pawel Bartlewski: Associate Professor, Department of Biomedical Sciences

  • Reproductive technologies; Cryopreservation; Follicular development; Sexual development; Reproductive imaging techniques

Dr. Laura Favetta: Assistant Professor, Department of Biomedical Sciences

  • Endocrine disrupting compounds; Biological markers of aging; Y chromosomal abnormalities

Dr. Jonathan LaMarre: Professor, Department of Biomedical Sciences

  • Gene expression; Post-transcriptional control; microRNAs; PIWI-interacting RNAs; Biomarker discovery; Fertility

Dr. Pavneesh Madan: Professor, Department of Biomedical Sciences

  • Preimplantation embryogenesis; Embryonic development; Embryonic health; Reproductive technologies
  • Google Scholar



Dr. Tracey Chenier: Associate Professor, Department of Population Medicine

  • Equine reproduction; Endometritis

Dr. Cathy J. Gartley: Assistant Professor, Department of Population Medicine

  • Fertilization; Semen preservation; Neospora


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