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Research Programs: Ovarian Functions

Picture of corpus luteumThe two primary functions of the ovary are to produce the female gamete (ova) and the female sex steroid hormones, estradiol and progesterone. Research focused on enhancing the production of ova (superovulation) has been described under the research program entitled Assisted Reproduction. Picture of single-cell oocyteAdditional research projects are focused on the cellular and molecular mechanisms which control the secretion of progesterone from the corpus luteum. There are ongoing projects in sheep and horses which utilize investigative techniques ranging from surgical procedures to molecular techniques to understand and control expression of genes which regulate reproductive processes.


Faculty in this area:

gold bullet J.E. Bruemmer

gold bullet E.M. Carnevale

gold bullet G.D. Niswender

gold bullet G.E. Seidel

Corpus luteum diagram