Ten Michigan State University professors have been named University Distinguished Professors in recognition of their achievements in the classroom, laboratory and community.

The board of trustees voted on and approved the recommendations at its June 21 meeting. The designations were effective immediately.

This recognition is one of the highest honors that can be bestowed on a faculty member by the university. Those selected for the title have been recognized nationally and internationally for the importance of their teaching, research and outreach achievements.

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Mammalian embryos are unlike those of any other organism as they must grow within the mother’s body. While other animal embryos grow outside the mother, their embryonic cells can get right to work accepting assignments, such as head, tail or vital organ. By contrast, mammalian embryos must first choose between forming the placenta or creating the baby.

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Ripla Arora is an assistant professor in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Biology within the College of Human Medicine and is the Chief of the Division of Developmental and Stem Cell Biology in the Institute for Quantitative Health Science and Engineering. Her research focuses on embryo uterine interactions at the time of implantation and uterine development.

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Michigan State University recently named five new MSU Foundation Professors, a designation given to outstanding faculty who demonstrate excellence in research and teaching, while enhancing the prominence of the institution.

“These honorees are internationally recognized researchers,” said MSU Provost June Pierce Youatt. “Their scholarship and contributions to their fields represent a level of engagement and accomplishment that MSU is proud to support.”

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Dr. Richard Pursley

Congratulations Dr. Richard Pursley the first in the Department of Animal Science to receive the prestigious National Association of Animal Breeders Award for 2018. This award recognizes outstanding contributions to the artificial insemination industry. An excerpt from his nomination letter captures some of Dr. Pursley’s accomplishments: “Dr. Richard Pursley co-developed with Dr. Milo Wiltbank what is now the world’s most widely used ovulation synchronization protocol they called, “Ovsynch”.


Michigan State University’s Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Biologyin the College of Human Medicine has grown in prestige in the number of top researchers it has attracted, as well as garnering more federal grant funding.

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Dr Ireland and Sonny Perdue in Dairy Farm Lab

Jim Ireland explains to the Secretary of Agriculture, Sonny Perdue, who visited campus April 3, 2018, the USDA-NIH dual purpose research program and how the bovine model is being used by his research group to improve assisted reproductive technologies.

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tdrd5Pachytene piRNAs are the most abundant piRNAs in mammalian adult testes. They aregenerated from long precursor transcripts by the primary piRNA biogenesis pathway but thefactors involved in pachytene piRNA precursors processing are poorly understood.