Alison Van Eenennaam, Ph.D.

Alison Van Eenennaam

Position Title
Extension Specialist: Animal Biotechnology and Genomics

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

  • Alba Verónica Ledesma, PhD, Postdoctoral Scholar
  • Tom Bishop, PhD, Postdoctoral Scholar
  • Josephine Trott, PhD,  Project Scientist 

Current Graduate Students

  • Oluwafemi Falade, PhD student, Animal Biology. Expected Graduation Date 2027
  • Maci Mueller, M.S, PhD student, Animal Biology. Expected Graduation Date: Summer 2023
  • Austin Brown B.S., M.S. student, Animal Biology. Expected Graduation Date: 2023
  • Mitchell Angrove B.S., M.S. student, Animal Biology. Expected Graduation Date: 2023
  • Devon Fitzpatrick, M.S. student, Animal Biology. Expected Graduation Date: 2022

Former Research Staff

  • Joey Owen, PhD, postdoctoral scholar
  • 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

  • Jason Lin, M.S., Animal Biology 2022
  • Joseph Owen, Ph.D., Integrative Genetics and Genomics, 2019
  • Maci Mueller, M.S. Animal Biology, 2018
  • Lindsay Upperman, M.S. Animal Biology 2017
  • Sasha Dubrovsky, M.S. Animal Biology 2016
  • Bryan Welly, M.S. Animal Biology 2014
  • Kristina Weber, Ph.D. Animal Biology, 2013
  • Krista Cooprider, M.S. Animal Biology 2010
  • Andrew Wong, Ph.D. Integrative Genetics and Genomics, 2009
  • 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
  • Beth Kao, M.S. Animal Biology 2005

Selected Publications

Outreach, and Applied Research