Professor: Dr. Becky Sartini
Prerequisites: BIO 101, AVS 331 or permission of instructor.
Catalog Description: Anatomy and physiology of reproduction, with emphasis on domestic animals.
We will use a variety of instructional methods that should develop your ability to:
Grades will be based on the following criteria:
Becky Sartini, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Animal Science
University of Rhode Island
Kingston, RI 02881
Office: (401) 874-2477
Fax: (401) 874-7575
Dr. Sartini is interested in the regulation of gene expression during male germ cell development and the biochemical aspects of infertility in livestock species. She has identified testis-enriched transcripts of mRNA processing proteins and further experiments in the expression regulation of these mRNA processing proteins, using ex situ and in vitro models of spermatogenesis, may reveal important gene regulatory steps of male germ cell differentiation. Also, comparison of cellular targets among populations of more and less fertile males in a variety of livestock species will provide more accurate fertility assays.
"I would recommend this course to students who wish to learn in depth about reproductive physiology. You learn a great deal about every aspect of reproduction from the male and female anatomy down to the release and effects of hormones. It was my favorite course that URI had to offer and I highly recommend it. " -Steven
"Reproductive Physiology, affectionately known as 'repro', was an intellectually stimulating course. The course was largely involved with the anatomy and physiology of the mammalian reproductive system, but also included ideas about manipulation of reproductive systems by humans. I looked forward to the cool facts I learned each day, and the enthusiasm of the professor was captivating. It was arguably the most enjoyable class I have taken at URI. " -Nick
"Physiology of Reproduction was my all time favorite AVS class. This course covers animal reproductive anatomy, physiology, and regulation as well as management and technology. The material is enhanced by real world examples, allowing you to gain an understanding of just how important reproduction is to animal management. Furthermore, the reproductive technologies covered are applicable in human physiology as well as animal, so it's likely that you will encounter them sometime in your own life. " -Kate