Heather A. Talbott
Heather Talbott

Heather A. Talbott

PhD in Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture Predoctoral Fellowship

The Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) at the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) has awarded Heather Talbott a prestigious two-year predoctoral fellowship.  The award provides a stipend and funds for research supplies and travel to the annual NIFA program director's meeting.  Heather’s research addresses the AFRI Animal Health and Production and Animal Products Foundational Program by providing new information on how the ovary prepares for and then produces progesterone, a hormone that is absolutely required to establish and maintain pregnancy.  Her studies of progesterone production in cattle are of key importance to Nebraska farmers who hope to reduce cattle pregnancy losses. Heather completed her dissertation research under the tutelage of John S. Davis, PhD, director of research and development for the Olson Center for Women's Health in the UNMC Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, receiving the PhD degree in May 2017.