By Jamie Hawley, ASAS Communications Intern
July 25, 2016 – Dr. Thomas H. Welsh, Jr. was named the recipient of the 2016 American Society of Animal Science (ASAS) Animal Physiology and Endocrinology Award by the ASAS during its annual meeting in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Dr. Welsh was born at Ft. Bragg, NC. He attended Texas A&M University (TAMU), and then transferred to North Carolina State University where he earned a B.S. (Animal Science, 1974) and Ph.D. (Physiology/Biochemistry, 1980; mentored by Drs. Bryan Johnson and Lester Ulberg) degrees. From 1980-83, Dr. Welsh was a Reproductive Endocrinology postdoctoral scholar in Dr. Aaron Hsueh’s lab at the University of California-San Diego. In 1983, Dr. Welsh joined the faculty at TAMU where he is now a Professor and AgriLife Research Faculty Fellow in the Departments of Animal Science and Veterinary Integrative Biosciences.
Dr. Welsh and colleagues support their students and projects with funding from intramural and extramural sources. His Endocrine Physiology Laboratory studies how stress and temperament are linked to reproductive, metabolic, and immune functions. He has served on over 130 graduate advisory committees and has been chair/co-chair for 26 M.S. and 11 Ph.D. students. Since 2006, Dr. Welsh has authored or co-authored 4 book chapters, 64 peer-reviewed journal articles, 146 abstracts, 8 position papers and essays, and 51 technical reports. Dr. Welsh is married to Claudia Barton, D.V.M. (TAMU veterinary oncology professor) and they have 2 daughters, Laura (professional equestrian) and Julia (TAMU nursing student).
The ASAS Animal Physiology and Endocrinology Award stimulates research excellence in physiology and endocrinology. The research upon which the award is based is basic or applied research in physiology and endocrinology with all classes of large and small animals and published in the 10 years immediately preceding the award. The ASAS Animal Physiology and Endocrinology Award is sponsored by the James W. Lauderdale Appreciation Club.
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