Reproductive systems researchers at Michigan State University are dedicated to improving the health of animals and humans through One Health-focused research.

Reproductive Systems Researchers

Dalen Agnew, DVM, PhD, DACVP

Comparative reproductive and zoo and wildlife pathology, conservation biology, infectious diseases in the bovine reproductive tract, international development

Viviane Gomes, DVM, PhD, DACT

Comparative pregnancy physiology, adverse outcomes of maternal obesity, and developmental programming of adult obesity and hypertension.

Dr. Gomes joined the MSU College of Veterinary Medicine in 2023 to spearhead the establishment of the Veterinary Medical Center's Companion Animal Theriogenology Service. She is passionate about small animal reproduction and finds genuine joy in caring for her patients and interacting with clients and referring veterinarians. Beyond her clinical duties, Dr. Gomes launched the Gomes lab in 2023, dedicated to advancing scientific knowledge in comparative pregnancy physiology and developmental programming. Inspired by the One Health framework, which highlights the intricate interplay between human, animal, and environmental well-being, the Gomes lab is invested in unravelling the impact of obesity and cardiovascular disease on the maternal and fetal health of both humans and dogs. In addition to her teaching contributions to the pre-clinical and clinical veterinary curriculum, Dr. Gomes serves as advisor for MSU's student chapter of the Society for Theriogenology and as vice chair of the College's Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee. Dr. Gomes is also a member of the MSU Reproductive and Developmental Sciences Program, a tight-knit group of scientists engaged in reproductive research.

Brian Petroff, DVM, PhD

Endocrine disruption, reproductive physiology, and thyroid disease

Margaret Petroff, MS, PhD

Defense of the fetus from the maternal immune system, key molecular pathways of maternal and fetal development, and immunomodulation and autoimmune disease in fertility