Scholar of the Week

Alan Ealy

photo of Scholar of the Week Alan EalyThe Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation recognizes Alan Ealy, an associate professor of animal and poultry sciences, for his efforts to understand infertility in cattle and how these studies relate to humans.

Cattle infertility has been a problem for many decades, but appears to be growing worse in recent years. As an example, only one-quarter to one-third of all lactating dairy cows will conceive and carry a pregnancy to term at each breeding cycle.

Ealy studies the environmental and biological factors that lead to early pregnancy failure by examining embryonic and placental cell lines in cattle and sheep. He seeks to understand the embryo-uterine interactions that control events of early pregnancy as well as the impact of reproductive technologies, such as artificial insemination and milking, on the developmental origin of health and diseases.

These studies can be translated to the human, given similarities in fetal development between humans and ruminants such as cattle and sheep, and the ease of physiology-based experimentation in ruminants.

Ealy received his bachelor’s in dairy production from Pennsylvania State University, his master’s in animal science from Michigan State University, and his Ph.D. in animal science from the University of Florida.




Nominate a Scholar of the Week

The goals of the Scholar of the Week are to recognize individuals while also telling people about research and scholarly activities at the university.

Recognition is based on research and/or scholarship.

Please nominate individuals — not teams, groups, or more than one person.

Please provide a sentence describing the research, scholarship, or creative work in non-technical, generally accessible language. A second sentence with an example or application is helpful.

  • Send nominations to: Srinath Ekkad, Associate Vice President for Research Programs, Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation.