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Calves at ARBL facilities on Foothills Campus

Faculty, students and staff of the ARBL are devoted to finding solutions for problems related to animal production and human health. Scientists associated with ARBL use research techniques and animal species that are appropriate to answer the questions being asked.​​​​ See ARBL brochure here.

ARBL Research

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 four research and graduate training focal groups:


The Translational Reproductive Biotechnology group focuses on clinical endocrinology to develop technologies to better manage fertility and reproduction in animals and humans. Methods of contraception are also being developed, particularly for use in wildlife populations.  

The Sperm, Egg, and Embryo Development group focuses on gamete and embryo biology, cryopreservation, reproductive toxicology, human and animal reproductive medicine and wildlife conservation.

The Healthy Baby, Healthy Mother group focuses on pregnancy outcomes and offspring heath, including managing embryo mortality, intrauterine growth restriction, the impact of maternal obesity and other maternal metabolic and immunological stressors on fetal development, and postnatal and adult onset of diseases such as cardiovascular disease.

The Reproductive Neuroscience group focuses on clarifying how the brain and pituitary integrate diverse signals (such as metabolic condition, obesity, ovarian steroids, stress and season) that lead to fertility and infertility. Understanding these neuroendocrine mechanisms will help yield new therapeutic targets for fertility regulation.  

Funding

​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. ​