The physiology group collaborates with scientists and clinicians across disciplines and departments to understand the changes in physiology and pathophysiology an animal may experience at different points of a production cycle. Our faculty hold expertise with the pregnant animal and perform research to understand issues related to the maintenance of pregnancy, placental pathology, fetal programming, and more. As part of our efforts towards engaged scholarship we prioritize student training through our formal teaching efforts in the department and experiential learning opportunities for graduate and undergraduate research assistants.
Caitlin Cadaret Research Focus
Dr. Cadaret is a stress physiologist focused on how the environment we manage our gestating animals in, impacts their progeny and subsequent generations. Her lab collaborates across disciplines to better understand how common stressors that livestock experience in extensive and intensive management systems impact animal welfare, performance, and reproductive competency. This research is motivated by industry and aims to address common challenges by understanding mechanisms that precede between animal variation, in order to develop better selection and management strategies that improve animal productivity and producer profitability.
Carleigh Fedorka Research Focus
Our program explores the relationship between the immune system and reproduction. This includes understanding tolerance of the semi-allogeneic fetus, the immune response mechanisms for pregnancy-related diseases, and the development of immunomodulators to improve pregnancy success.
With improved knowledge on reproductive immunology, inferences can be made into a variety of current topics in equine clinical practice, including but not limited to endometritis, early embryonic loss, endometrial cup degradation, pregnancy maintenance, placentitis, and postpartum involution.