Professor Alison Van Eenennaam

Professor of Animal Biotechnology and Genomics, UC Davis


Professor Van Eenennaam began her university career at the University of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, receiving a BS (Honors) degree in Agricultural Science. She received a Master of Science degree in Animal Science in 1990, and a Ph.D. in genetics in 1997, both from University of California, Davis.

Alison has received numerous awards for and has been appointed to many high profile national and international advisory bodies including the USDA National Advisory Committee on Biotechnology and 21st Century Agriculture, (2005–2009), and the 2010 FDA Veterinary Medicine Advisory Committee meeting on the AquAdvantage salmon, the first genetically engineered animal to be evaluated for entry into the food supply.

Talk Overview

Professor Van Eenennaam has used gene editing technologies in sheep and cattle and is currently developing a sheep model for heritable Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension (PAH) research.

Alison will discuss the potential of gene editing technologies for addressing immunological questions in livestock species and highlight how these approaches may revolutionise the future of veterinary medicine.