Alison Van Eenennaam

Extension Specialist: Animal Biotechnology and Genomics, Department of Animal Science, University of California, Davis

Dr. Alison Van Eenennaam is a Cooperative Extension Specialist in the field of Animal Genomics and Biotechnology in the Department of Animal Science at University of California, Davis. She received a Bachelor of Agricultural Science from the University of Melbourne in Australia, and both an MS in Animal Science, and a PhD in Genetics from UC Davis. Her publicly-funded research and outreach program focuses on the use of animal genomics and biotechnology in livestock production systems. Her current research projects include the development of genomic approaches to select for cattle that are less susceptible to disease and the development of genome editing approaches for livestock. She serves as the USDA NRSP-8 Cattle Genome Coordinator, and was a member of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine Study Committee for “Science Breakthroughs to Advance Food and Agricultural Research by 2030”. She has given over 550 invited presentations to audiences globally, and uses a variety of media to inform general public audiences about science and technology. She frequently provides a credentialed voice on controversial scientific topics and has appeared on national media including The Dr Oz Show, NPR, Science Friday, and the Intelligence Squared debate series. Recently she appeared in the IFT-funded documentary “Food Evolution” narrated by science-communicator Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson. A passionate advocate of science, Dr. Van Eenennaam was the recipient of the 2014 Council for Agricultural Science and Technology (CAST) Borlaug Communication Award, and in 2017 was elected as a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).

Experience

  • 2002–present
    Extension Specialist: Animal Biotechnology and Genomics, Department of Animal Science, University of California, Davis

Education

  • 1997 
    University of California, Davis, Ph.D.
  • 1990 
    University of California, Davis, Masters
  • 1987 
    University of Melbourne, Bachelor of Agricultural Science (Hons.)

Professional Memberships

  • American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)

Honours

Elected Fellow of American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS); 2014 Borlaug Communication Award Recipient