The ARBL is at the cutting edge of research in reproductive health, assisted reproductive technology, and developing new methodologies to improve reproductive success while seeking to preserve the threads of the planet’s web of life.
We embrace the One Health Initiative, which strives to develop collaborations between physicians, veterinarians, and other scientific-health-related disciplines. Our research often has direct impacts upon human medicine, not only in reproductive medicine, but also in areas of cancer research, infectious disease, and zoonotic disease.
ARBL comprises six research and graduate training focal groups:
Fifteen former ARBL graduate and postdoctoral students direct human in vitro fertilization clinics, and many others hold academic appointments or are leaders in equine, bovine, porcine, and ovine biotechnology industries.
ARBL focuses on understanding the most basic reproductive mechanisms (e.g., hypothalamic-pituitary, ovarian, uterine, testicular, immune, etc.) and then applies this information to manipulating reproductive endocrinology and processes.
ARBL faculty members have been investigating the developmental and long-term reproductive consequences of perinatal exposure to ubiquitous pollutants using mammalian and amphibian models.
The successful delivery of a healthy newborn is the ultimate goal of the mammalian reproductive system. A number of critical developmental windows must be negotiated for successful establishment and maintenance of pregnancy, as well as for optimal fetal development and delivery.
Colorado State University is home to the Cancer Research and Treatment Supercluster, a collaborative network of public and private partnerships, including ARBL researchers, to improve basic cancer research, diagnostics, treatments, and cures.
Research in this area includes transplacental viral infection of the fetus and mechanisms of action of bovine viral diarrhea virus on maternal and fetal immune cells and intrauterine growth restriction of the developing fetus.
Funding for research comes from a number of sources. As is true at all land-grant universities, the Cooperative State Research Service of the United States Department of Agriculture provides partial funding for research on domestic animals. ARBL scientists also have research support from the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the Competitive Grant Program of the United States Department of Agriculture. Fees for reproductive services, particularly with horses, and gifts, grants, and contracts from individuals and companies also contribute to the laboratory's broad financial base for research and service.