A southern Iowa native, Karl Kerns of Clearfield, is the most recent addition to the faculty in the department of animal science at Iowa State University. Kerns, a former ISU animal science student, will teach anatomy and physiology courses, and conduct research in reproduction.
“Our goal is to provide a world-class education to equip our students to reach their professional goals as leaders in the animal agriculture industry,” says Dr. Dan Thomson, department of animal science chair. “Karl’s energy and innovative mind will provide so much for our students.”
During his time as an undergraduate at ISU, Kerns was an undergraduate research assistant in the molecular reproductive physiology lab, and a reproductive physiology lab intern with the USDA Agricultural Research Service.
“Iowa State’s department of animal science has a long tradition of supporting its students and stakeholders. This is exactly the community I want to be a part of to help advance Iowa,” Kerns says.
Servicing livestock sector
“The research corridor that is actively being developed between Ames and Des Moines is also attractive because we need to increase the presence of new, cutting-edge businesses servicing the livestock sector to help us actively translate high impact research from ISU to the stakeholders,” kerns says. “Great research findings have little to no value if we do not take them to the stakeholder.”
Kerns has an abundance of experience in the animal agriculture industry from both Iowa State and the University of Missouri-Columbia where he earned his Ph.D. in animal sciences and reproductive physiology. He also brings 10 years of experience working for International Boar Semen in Eldora, Iowa, and is a co-founder of AndroLabb.
“In this country there is a severe shortage of reproductive physiologists with a focus on the male animal, even though the greatest genetic impact in the pork and beef industries are made through the male gamete. The research I am working on helps improve sire reproductive performance in the field and increase overall pounds marketed per sow or cow per year,” Kerns explains.
Strengthening ISU swine program
Jason Ross, ISU department of animal science professor and director of the Iowa Pork Industry Center, worked with Kerns when he was an undergraduate student and has followed his research since then. “Karl is an exceptional addition to the team at Iowa State. Not only does he have a strong understanding of animal agriculture and the stakeholders that our department serves, he is also a gifted teacher who can bring value to our classrooms.”
Kerns says he is eager to return to ISU. “Getting to come back to the institution that poured so much into me is an honor,” he says.Source: ISU, which is solely responsible for the information provided and is wholly owned by the source. Informa Business Media and all its subsidiaries are not responsible for any of the content contained in this information asset.