Dr. Desaulniers presented an invited seminar entitled "Physiological effects of atrazine on swine: implications for agriculture and human health" at the UNMC Midwest Public Health Innovation and Research Expo (PHIRE) in Omaha, NE.
Jackie, Lexy, and Nicole presented posters at the 20th Annual Greenwald Symposium on Reproduction!
Jackie also won an award for best poster!!
Dr. Desaulniers presented an invited seminar entitled "Programming of testis development via milk extracellular vesicles" at the Veteran Affairs Nebraska-Western Iowa Health Care System Seminar Series.
Dr. Desaulniers presented an invited talk at the University of Wyoming about lactocrine programming of the boar testis.
Maddie Wegner (UCARE student) was awarded a 2023 U.S. Pork Center of Excellence Swine Research and Education Experience (SREE) grant ($5,000) entitled "Nursing programs future fertility in breeding boars." Congrats Maddie!
Dr. Desaulniers and Nicole Nordell (M.S. student) traveled to the annual meeting of the Society for the Study of Reproduction in Ottawa (Canada) to present research on the effects of in utero heat stress and lactocrine programming on the neonatal boar testis!
The Desaulniers lab was awarded a Project Leader grant from the Nebraska Center for the Prevention of Obesity Diseases (NPOD) through Dietary Molecules, which is a Center of Biomedical Research Excellence (COBRE) supported by the NIH!
Nicole Nordell (M.S. student) was awarded a $5,000 Life Sciences Fellowship from the Agricultural Research Division! Big congrats Nicole!!!!
Congrats to Nicole! She won 1st place at the SVMBS Graduate Student Oral Presentation Competition!
Dr. Desaulniers presented an invited seminar entitled "Enhancing boar fertility in the face of climate change through the mitigation of in utero heat stress" at the Hruska U.S. Meat Animal Research Center (USMARC).
Nicole presented a talk at the 2023 Rocky Mountain Reproductive Sciences Symposium in Fort Collins, CO!
Big congrats to Nicole Nordell for winning an NPOD poster award at the 2023 Spring Retreat!
Maddie Wegner was awarded a 2023-2024 UCARE grant! Congrats Maddie!
Dr. Desaulniers received a Courtesy Assistant Professor appointment in the UNL Department of Animal Science!
Steven Faltas and Carlene Nguyen both presented posters at the UNL Undergraduate Research Fair!
The new USDA-NIFA grant was featured in a news article by Nebraska Today!
Dr. Desaulniers presented a talk at the Midwest Animal Science meeting in Madison, WI. The talk was entitled "In utero exposure to maternal heat stress impairs Leydig cell development and function in the boar."
The new USDA-NIFA project was featured on an IANR news interview with KRVN and IANR Vice Chancellor Dr. Mike Boehm !
The Desaulniers lab was awarded a USDA-NIFA-AFRI Grant! The project is entitled "Enhancing boar fertility in the face of climate change through the mitigation of in utero heat stress." This project is a collaboration between UNL (Drs. Desaulniers and White), Purdue University (Dr. Brito), and USDA-ARS (Drs. Johnson and Lents).
Nicole Nordell was awarded a Larrick Graduate Student Travel Grant!
Lexy Polivanov joined the lab as an M.S. student!
Jackie Shelton joined the lab as a Research Technician III!
Our newest journal article reviewing the role of GnRH-II and its receptor in the pig was published!
Dr. Desaulniers participated in the 2022 UNL faculty slam which was highlighted by Nebraska Today
Dr. Desaulniers spoke about the positive impact of her undergraduate research experience at the 2022 Swine Education & Outreach Professionals Conference (Des Moines, IA) hosted by the National Pork Board.
Dr. Desaulniers and Nicole Nordell (M.S. student) traveled to the 19th Annual Gilbert S. Greenwald Symposium on Reproductive and Developmental Sciences in Kansas City, KS where Nicole presented a poster entitled "In utero heat stress impairs Leydig cell development and function in a porcine model."
Dr. Desaulniers was selected to join the NU 2 NIH Faculty Development Program sponsored by ORED!
Dr. Desaulniers presented an invited seminar entitled "Developmental programming of testis dysfunction by in utero heat stress" at the Veteran Affairs Nebraska-Western Iowa Health Care System Seminar Series.
The Desaulniers Lab received an ARD/USDA Hatch Multistate Enhanced Grant to study the effects of prenatal heat stress on testicular function of neonatal boars!
Dr. Desaulniers received a NU Collaboration Initiative Grant with Drs. Sillman, Bartelt-Hunt, Zahid, and Rogan to study the effects of prenatal atrazine exposure on the health and fertility of pigs!
Dr. Desaulniers and Nicole Nordell (M.S. student) traveled to the annual meeting of the Society for the Study of Reproduction to present research on the effects of early weaning on male fertility.
Dr. Desaulniers was admitted into the 2022-2024 IDeA Early Career Investigator Program funded by the NIH!
May and June 2022
Animal trials are underway to examine the effects of milk exosomes on testis development and function!
Congrats to Nicole who won a UNL Graduate Travel Awards Program (GTAP) grant to help fund her upcoming trip to the annual SSR meeting to present her research!
Steven and Carlene, undergrads in the lab, presented their research (effects of corn-cob bedding on testis composition) at the UNL Undergraduate Research Fair!
Congrats to undergrads in the lab, Carlene and Steven, who both received UCARE funding for the 2022-23 academic year!
The Desaulniers lab was awarded a 2022 Seed Grant from the Nebraska Center for the Prevention of Obesity Diseases (NPOD) through Dietary Molecules, which is a Center of Biomedical Research Excellence (COBRE) supported by the NIH!
Steven Faltas (FYRE student in the Desaulniers Lab) was awarded an Undergraduate Experiential Learning Project Grant from the UNL Center for Transformative Teaching. The funding will support Steven's research project examining testicular function in males exposed to environmental phytoestrogens. Way to go, Steven!!!
Welcome to Nicole Nordell, the first M.S. student in the Desaulniers lab!
This month was busy for the Desaulniers lab! Morgan and Dr. Desaulniers presented three abstracts at the 54th Annual Meeting of the Society for the Study of Reproduction! Dr. Desaulniers delivered an oral presentation entitled "The testicular transcriptome of GnRHR-II knockdown boars."
The Desaulniers lab was awarded a 2022 Research Council Interdisciplinary Grant from ORED!
Dr. Desaulniers was selected to be a 2021 - 2022 Research Development Faculty Fellow by the UNL Office for Research and Economic Development !
Morgan presented her work at the Gilbert S. Greenwald Symposium on Reproduction.
Morgan was awarded 3rd place for her 2021 McNair paper entitled: Effects of Corn-Cob Bedding on Murine Testis Development and Function. Way to go, Morgan!
Morgan presented her research at the UCM McNair Scholars Symposium (Warrensburg, MO) and the 25th Annual MKN McNair Heartland Research Conference (Kansas City, MO)!
FYRE students Carlene and Steven, both Biology majors, joined the lab!
June and July 2021
Lab set-up is underway!
The Lab has moved to the School of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln! Go Big Red!
Dr. Desaulniers presented at both the Rocky Mountain Reproductive Sciences Symposium and Experimental Biology.
Amber Petty presented a flash talk on steroidogenesis in neonatal pigs at the 2020 Greenwald Symposium.
Amber Petty presented her work at the 2020 Heartland McNair Research Symposium.
Congrats to Megan Ebrecht, former McNair Scholar, who won the prestigious UCM Who's Who award!
Amber Petty, 2020 McNair Scholar, was awarded a UCM Undergraduate Scholars Grant for her project isolating ZsGreen1-labeled exosomes from porcine seminal plasma.
Megan Ebrecht, McNair Scholar, was awarded a Trainee Travel Grant to present her research at the 2019 Gilbert S. Greenwald Symposium on Reproduction. Way to go, Megan!
McNair Scholar Megan Ebrecht was awarded a UCM Undergraduate Scholars Grant for her project on the effects of GnRH-II in semen extender. Congrats Megan!
Undergraduate student Rickie Dereks was awarded a Tri-Beta Undergraduate Research Grant for her research on seminal plasma-derived exosomes. Wahoo!
Undergraduate student Rickie Dereks was awarded a UCM Undergraduate Scholars Grant for her project on seminal plasma-derived exosomes. Congrats Rickie!
The Desaulniers laboratory is established at the University of Central Missouri!