Physiology Research

Physiology research involves study of the development of reproductive systems and investigation of cellular and physiological mechanisms that control reproductive processes in animals. Research topics by animal physiology experts in the Department of Animal Science include:

Cellular Physiology

  • The importance of the tyrosine phosphatases (PTPs) in cell proliferation and differentiation; exploring whether these molecules could serve as drug targets for skeletal disorders, such as osteoporosis, in animals and humans.
  • Understanding mechanisms and regulation of electrolyte transport across epithelial tissues, and regulation of eosinophil activation in patients with asthma.

Gut Cellular Physiology

  • Endocrine function of the gastrointestinal tract.

Avian Endocrinology

  • Reproductive problems in avian species. Interrelations between prolactin, gonadotropins, and ovarian function. Control and regulation of hormones by the brain. Neurochemical control of prolactin release.