Thomas “Tod” R. Hansen, PhD

Director, Animal Reproduction and Biotechnology Laboratory; Traubert Professor, Biomedical Science

Areas of Collaborative Interest

Broadly, my current research focuses on bovine reproductive systems and associated diseases. My research can be broken up into two primary interests: 1) embryo-maternal signaling with intent to reduce early embryo mortality (i.e., miscarriage); and 2) negative consequences of maternal infection with virus during pregnancy to discover how viral infections impair the fetal immune system and development. Most of my work centers on interferon, a protein that signals pregnancy to a cow’s body and helps retain an embryo. My lab found that interferon triggers the creation of another protein, known as ISG15, a marker that could be central to identifying both pregnancy and viral infection.

I am interested in collaborating in the following areas:

  • Dynamics of livestock pregnancies
  • Treatment and diagnosis of bovine viral diarrhea virus (BVDV)
  • Diagnostics for diseases in livestock, specifically related to cattle
  • Identification of biomarkers for disease diagnosis and development of viral screenings
  • Embryo transfer and cryopreservation of gametes
  • licensing our technologies
Issued Patents

Assignee other than Colorado State University Research Foundation

Patent list generated using Google Patents; Last updated on September 23, 2020

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