Alison L. Van Eenennaam

Cooperative Extension Specialist, University of California, Davis
  • University of California, Davis
  • United States of America

About Alison L. Van Eenennaam

Dr. Alison Van Eenennaam is a Cooperative Extension Specialist in the field of Animal Genomics and Biotechnology in the Department of Animal Science at University of California, Davis. She received a Bachelor of Agricultural Science from the University of Melbourne in Australia, and both an MS in Animal Science, and a PhD in Genetics from UC Davis. Her publicly-funded research and outreach program focuses on the use of animal genomics and biotechnology in livestock production systems. Her current research projects include the development of genome editing approaches for cattle. She has given over 600 invited presentations to audiences globally, and uses a variety of media to inform general public audiences about science and technology. She serves as the bovine genome coordinator for the USDA National Animal Genome Research Program, was a member of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine (NASEM) Study Committee for “Science Breakthroughs 2030: A Strategy for Food and Agricultural Research”, and is an elected Fellow and current chair of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Agriculture, Food, and Renewable Resources Section. A passionate advocate of science, Dr. Van Eenennaam was the recipient of the 2010 USDA, Cooperative Extension & Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) National Award for Excellence in Extension, 2014 Council for Agricultural Science and Technology (CAST) Borlaug Communication Award, and the American Society of Animal Science 2019 Rockefeller Prentice Award in Animal Breeding and Genetics.


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