July 12, 2017

Dr. Peter Hansen named ASAS Fellow

Dr. Peter J. Hansen is a recipient of the 2017 American Society of Animal Science (ASAS) Fellow Award —Research Category. The Fellow Award was presented to seven individuals during the ASAS-CSAS Annual Meeting & Trade Show held in Baltimore, Maryland, July 8-12.

Dr. Hansen has conducted basic and applied research to formulate new concepts regarding the nature of the interaction between the maternal system and developing embryo that have resulted technologies to improve fertility of the female. He developed a solution to the problem of infertility induced by heat stress through the use of embryo transfer. Research on the role of colony stimulating factor 2 (CSF2) as a maternal molecule that regulates embryonic development (termed embryokines) has revealed how molecules produced by the reproductive tract can regulate embryonic development to increase embryo competence to establish pregnancy and alter postnatal phenotype of the resultant offspring. His genetic research has identified new genes that confer thermotolerance to dairy cattle and has contributed to industry-wide efforts to improve the reliability of estimates of breeding value for reproductive traits.

The ASAS Fellow Award recognizes distinguished service to animal science and the livestock industry over an extended period of time.

The ASAS Fellow Award is sponsored by the American Society of Animal Science.

ASAS is a professional organization that serves more than 7,000 students, animal scientists, allied industry and producers around the world.

Media contact:

Kim Schoonmaker

ASAS Scientific Communications Associate