Alison L. Van Eenennaam, Ph.D.

Extension Specialist: Animal Biotechnology and Genomics, Department of Animal Science

2113 Meyer Hall


  • B.S., (Hons.),Agricultural Science, University of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1987
  • M.S., Animal Science, University of California, Davis, CA, 1990
  • Ph.D., Genetics, University of California, Davis, CA, 1997

Research Interests

The mission of the Animal Genomics and Biotechnology Program is to provide research and education on the use of animal genomics and biotechnology in livestock production systems." The research focus of my lab is the use of DNA-based biotechnologies in beef cattle production and agricultural systems.

Outreach Publications


Current projects

See my laboratory page

Graduate Groups


Research Staff

  • Tom Bishop, PhD, Postdoctoral Scholar
  • Josephine Trott, PhD, Associate Project Scientist 

Current Graduate Students

  • Maci Mueller, M.S, PhD student, Animal Biology. Expected Graduation Date: Summer 2023
  • Joey Owen, BS, PhD student, Genetics. Expected Graduation Date: Summer 2019

Former Research Staff

  • Amy E. Young, Staff Research Associate
  • Catalina Cabrera, PhD,
  • Justin Buchanan, PhD, Postdoctoral Scholar
  • Anke Schennink, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Scholar
  • Kasey DeAtley, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Scholar
  • Shawn Yarnes, Ph.D., Project scientist
  • Kerri Clark, Ph.D., Postdoctoral scientist
  • Kristine A. Lewis, Staff Research Associate

Past Graduate Students

  • Kristina Weber, Ph.D. Animal Biology, 2013
  • Andrew Wong, Ph.D. Integrative Genetics and Genomics, 2009
  • Lindsay Upperman, M.S. Animal Biology 2017
  • Sasha Dubrovsky, M.S. Animal Biology 2016
  • Bryan Welly, M.S. Animal Biology 2014
  • Krista Cooprider, M.S. Animal Biology 2010
  • William Pohlmeier, M.S. Animal Biology 2008
  • Kristin Deines, M.S. Animal Biology 2007
  • Kathleen Bongiovanni, M.S. Genetics 2006
  • Rachael Sondeno, M.S. Genetics 2006

Selected Publications

Outreach, and Applied Research