Russ Hovey, Ph.D.

Russ Hovey

Professor, Department of Animal Science

2145 Meyer Hall


  • B.A., Bachelor of Agricultural Science (Hons), The University of Queensland, Australia 1992.
  • Ph.D., Massey University, New Zealand, 1997.

Research Interests

Our lab is interested in the molecular and endocrine regulation of mammary gland growth and function as it relates to processes ranging from normal development and lactation to abnormal states such as breast cancer. We are particularly interested in the function of the pituitary and ovarian hormones in these processes and how they interactively regulate both mammary epithelial and stromal cells. We use a variety of approaches from cell systems to whole animal models to study these processes and to resolve the mechanisms underlying across-species differences.

Graduate Groups

Courses Taught

  • ¬†Lactation (ANS 124)
  • Preparing Successful Veterinary School Applications (ANS198)


Assistant Project Sciencetists

Current Graduate Students

  • Grace Berryhill, PhD Program, Animal Biology Graduate Group. Expected Graduation Date: Fall 2016.
  • Caitlyn Donovan, PhD Program, Animal Biology Graduate Group. Expected Graduation Date: Fall 2019.


  • Dr. Lucila Aimo, Ph.D.,¬†Postdoctoral Fellow.
  • Dr. Anke Schennink, Ph.D., Potdoctral Fellow.

Selected Publications

Trott, J.F., Schennink, A., and Hovey, R.C. (2010) Cloning and expression of a unique short form of the porcine prolactin receptor. Journal of Molecular Endocrinology, In press.

Hovey, R.C., Sawhney Coder, P., Wolf, J.C., Sielken, R.L.Jr., Tisdel, M.O., and Breckenridge, C.B. (2010) Quantitative assessment of mammary gland development in female Long Evans rats following in utero exposure to atrazine. Toxicological Sciences, In press.

Hovey, R.C., and Aimo, L. (2010) Diverse and active roles for adipocytes during mammary gland growth and function. Journal of Mammary Gland Biology and Neoplasia 15(3):279-90.

Farmer, C., Palin, M.-F., and Hovey, R.C. (2010) Greater milk yield is related to increased DNA and RNA content but not to mRNA abundance of selected genes in sow mammary tissue. Canadian Journal of Animal Science 90: 379-388.

Pohlmeier, W.E., Hovey, R.C., and Van Eenennaam, A.L. (2010) Reproductive abnormalities in mice expressing omega-3 fatty acid desaturase in their mammary glands. Transgenic Animal Research DOI: 10.1007/s11248-010-9407-4.

Trott, J.F., Horigan, K.C., Gloviczki, J.M., Costa, K.M., Freking, B.A., Farmer, C., Hayashi, K., Spencer, T., Morabito, J.E., and Hovey, R.C. (2009) Tissue-specific regulation of porcine (Sus scrofa) prolactin receptor expression by estrogen, progesterone and prolactin. Journal of Endocrinology 202(1): 153-166.

Horigan, K.C., Trott, J.F., Barndollar, A.S., Scudder, J.M., Cupicha, L.E., Blauwiekel, R.M., and Hovey, R.C. (2009) Hormone interactions confer specific proliferative and histomorphogenic responses in the porcine (Sus scrofa) mammary gland. Domestic Animal Endocrinology 37(2):124-138.

DePeters, E.J., and Hovey, R.C. (2009) Methods for collecting milk from mice. Journal of Mammary Gland Biology and Neoplasia 14(4):397-400.

Morabito, J.E., Trott, J.F., Korz, D., Farley, N.R., Fairfield, H., and Hovey, R.C. (2008) A 5' distal palindrome within the MMTV-LTR recruits a mammary gland-specific complex and coordinates a synergistic response to progesterone plus prolactin. Journal of Molecular Endocrinology 41(2):75-90.

Trott, J.F., Farley, N.R., Taatjes, D.J. and Hovey, R.C. (2007) Cloning and functional characterization of allelic variation in the porcine prolactin receptor. Domestic Animal Endocrinology. 2007 Oct;33(3):313-34.