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Animal Sciences

We have an international reputation for research in animal development, reproduction and biotechnology. We are World research leaders in epigenetics in the study of animals as models for human disease, reproduction, development and nutrition. Neurosciences is another of our core activities with a particular focus on the mechanisms that underpin chronic pain. Our expertise in dietary effects on animal product quality (meat, milk and oocytes) is recognised globally. The Centre for Applied Bioethics is one of the few UK Research Units focusing on animal and food ethics.


Cows in a field


Animal Sciences has an international reputation in the areas of animal production, animal development, epigenetics, neuroscience and bioethics.

Animal production

We concentrate on major livestock species by studying the biological basis of feed efficiency and sustainability in dairy and non-ruminant systems, nutritional strategies for enhancing animal health, growth and development of calves and heifers, rumen function, nutritional value of dietary raw materials, environmental impact and methane emissions, and dietary effects on product quality (e.g. milk and meat composition).

AcademicsPhil Garnsworthy, Julian WisemanJean Margerison, Cormac O’Shea


The physiology of reproduction, particularly improving or regulating fertility, is studied mostly in domestic mammalian species; we relate findings to human and animal medicine. We study the pituitary-ovarian-uterine axis, including oocyte development, folliculogenesis, ovulation, formation of the corpus luteum, maternal recognition of pregnancy, conceptus development and the impact of assisted reproductive technologies (ART) in the long term health of animals.

AcademicsGeorge Mann, Kevin Sinclair, Ravinder Anand-Ivell, Martin Luck


We use the pig embryo as a model system because pig embryos develop in a very similar fashion to human embryos. These embryos form an embryonic disc around the time of gastrulation, when the first cell fate decisions that delineate fetal development are made. Our laboratory has shown the similarities in development of pig and human embryos and we are exploiting this system to better understand how human embryos initiate their development.  

AcademicsRamiro Alberio


We explore how developmental and environmental stimuli and stresses shape the “epigenome” – the epigenetic state of a cell. The conceptual framework of our research program is based on evidence that environmental factors influence some epigenetic programming during critical stages of early life, which may affect disease risk in adult life. Such epigenetic information can be transmitted to subsequent generations through the germ line. We use a range of organisms - from honeybees to human - to study these epigenetic phenomena.

AcademicsReinhard Stoger


Research goals are to increase understanding of mechanisms underlying pain, how these mechanisms are altered following injury or disease and how best to treat chronic pain using established or novel analgesics. As members of the Arthritis Research UK Pain Centre (Nottingham) a particular focus is to increase the understanding of osteoarthritis pain and its treatment. We investigate the neurochemical and neural circuit basis of emotional memory processing, both as a model system for understanding how the brain encodes memories and to understand the neurobiological basis of anxiety disorders such as post-traumatic stress.

AcademicsCarl Stevenson, John Harris 


We are one of the few international groups of researchers who focus on animal, agricultural and food ethics. Conducting research on integrated biotechnology assessment and policy-making; development of ethical tools; ethical dimensions of the human use of animals, making science public and the role of stakeholder engagement.

Academics Kate Millar


  • Extensive suite of modern laboratories for molecular / cell biology, in vitro fertilisation and ‘wet’ chemistry including amino acids, fatty acids, elemental analyses, fibre.
  • Comprehensive range of animal research facilities for studying metabolism, growth, milk yield, product quality and methane emissions, behaviour, in vivo electrophysiology.
  • Centre for Dairy Science Innovation (CDSI) has facilities for nutrition and physiology trials with individually-fed dairy cows and youngstock reared from birth to first calving.

Contact information

Sheila Northover (Divisional Administrator)
Division of Animal Sciences
School of Biosciences
Sutton Bonington Campus
Nr Loughborough, LE12 5RD

telephone: +44 (0) 115 9516100
fax: +44 (0) 115 9516099 



School of Biosciences

University of Nottingham
Sutton Bonington Campus
Nr Loughborough
LE12 5RD, UK

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