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Research Profile - Anna T. Grazul-Bilska

I am excited about the generation of new knowledge to advance science, discovery of new processes, and training of new generation of researchers/teachers/professionals.

Name: Anna T. Grazul-Bilska, Ph.D., Professor
Department: Animal Sciences
Campus Location: Hultz Hall, room #189

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The Researcher

Dr. Grazul-Bilska received an M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of Agriculture and Technology (currently University of Warmia and Mazury) in Olsztyn, Poland.  She has worked at NDSU since 1986; as a visiting scientist/postdoctoral fellow from 1986-1991, a research scientist from 1991-1997, an assistant professor from 1998-2003, an associate professor from 2003-2009, and as a full professor from 2009 to present.

In addition to her passion for university teaching and research in reproduction, she also has several hobbies including reading fiction books, travelling, outdoor activities, and several sports with a great emphasis on water sports such as windsurfing, sailing, kayaking, swimming and paddle boarding.

The Research

The primary focus of my research is reproductive physiology and embryology in domestic animals. I study reproduction using animal models, and I evaluate ovarian, uterine and placental functions from molecular and cellular levels to the whole animal. The overall goal of my research is to enhance reproductive efficiency in farm animals that is critical for animal industry. Throughout my entire career I have used several animal models including humans, mice, rats, sheep, cows and pigs.

Why it Matters

The results of my research program help to enhance reproductive efficiency, which may have a direct impact on reducing high input costs to the animal industry.  Development and improvement of animal embryology and reproduction programs bring new knowledge and technologies to North Dakota, and make them potentially available for practical on-farm use.  The immediate practical impact of this research is that it will enable the development of practical methods of assisted reproductive technologies (ART) that will serve the animal agriculture industry in North Dakota.



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