Dr. Jason Ross’ research program at Iowa State University is dedicated to investigating and solving issues relevant to the swine industry, particularly related to reproductive physiology, biotechnology and heat stress. The ability to identify and address key challenges within the industry is facilitated by Dr. Ross’ diverse and broad network of industry and production partners along with a wide-ranging set of collaborators across academia and allied industry. The Ross lab has also generated multiple biomedical (retinitis pigmentosa, muscular dystrophy, severe combined immunodeficiency) and production (growth improvement) swine models using a variety of gene editing techniques and advanced reproductive technologies. Collectively, Dr. Ross has mentored postdoctoral research fellows, PhD students, M.S. students and visiting scholars. The trainees from his lab have pursued a variety of careers including academic and government research positions (globally and nationally), livestock production, technical consultation in the swine industry, and swine faculty extension positions. Jason served as the director of the Iowa Pork Industry Center from 2015- 2022 and is currently the Chair of the department of Animal Science.
Doctor of Philosophy, Oklahoma State University, 2006
Master of Science, Oklahoma State University, 2003
Bachelor of Science, Iowa State University, 2000
|Erika has been a member of Dr. Ross’ lab since 2021 and is currently pursuing her Masters. Her research is focused on sustainability in the pork supply chain relating to the triple bottom line.||Zoe has been a member of Dr. Ross’ lab since 2017. She currently works as a Research Scientist and is pursuing her PhD. Her research is focused on sow reproductive health, specifically as it relates to disorders surrounding farrowing such as pelvic organ prolapse, and vaginal microbiota.||Blythe’s research is focused on using biotechnology, specifically gene editing, to improve livestock production efficiency and sustainability for a more food secure future.||Jamie has been a member of Dr. Ross’ lab since 2018 and is currently pursuing her PhD. Her research is focused on sow reproductive health, specifically as it relates to disorders surrounding farrowing such as pelvic organ prolapse and post-partum dysgalactia syndrome.|