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Featured Profile: Tom Spencer


Tom Spencer

Dr. Thomas “Tom” Spencer’s animal fertility research has implications for food security and better reproductive health for women.

Spencer is recognized internationally as an expert in reproductive biology, focusing on the development and function of the uterus and placenta. He joined the University of Missouri faculty in 2015, attracted by what he calls the “unlimited potential” of a research university of Mizzou’s caliber. Collaborating across disciplines with other world-class researchers, Spencer uses leading-edge technology to identify genes of cattle that are fertile and high producers.

Spencer’s work exemplifies the translation of animal science to human health. Not only does his research have potential to raise more cattle, it also has important implications for understanding pregnancy loss and infertility in humans. “This is an exciting and relatively underexplored area in the health profession,” he says.

Spencer’s research has been funded extensively by both the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) – a testament to the breadth of his expertise. He has published hundreds of articles, presented numerous invited lectures, and has received numerous honors including the Society for the Study of Reproduction Research Award and the American Society for Animal Science Animal Physiology and Endocrinology Award.

Dr. Tom Spencer holds a joint appointment in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Women’s Health in the School of Medicine and the Division of Animal Sciences in the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources.

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Related Initiative(s):
Food for the Future, One Health/One Medicine,