Alison Van Eenennaam

Alison Van Eenennaam

Position Title
Cooperative Extension Specialist

Department of Animal Science, College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences

2113 Meyer Hall

Research Interests

Applied use of biotechnologies in animal agricultural systems

Integrating DNA information into beef cattle production systems to provide beef cattle producers with the background information and research-derived data they need to make informed decisions about the use of DNA-technologies in the context of commercial cow-calf operations. Research and education on the use of animal genomics and biotechnology in livestock production systems Applied use of biotechnologies in animal agricultural systems

Grad Group Affiliations

  • Animal Biology
  • Integrative Genetics and Genomics

Specialties / Focus

  • Animal Genomics


  • Animal Genomics and Biotechnology
    • Amy Young

Honors and Awards

  • 2010 American Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities, National Award for Excellence in Extension
  • 2010 American Society of Animal Science, Western Section Extension Award
  • 2009 University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources “Outstanding New Professional
  • 2009 University of California, Davis “2009 Academic Federation Award for Excellence in Research”
  • 2012 American Association of Animal Science (ASAS) Video Competition Winner for 5 minute video “Were those the days my friend?” (
  • 2013 American Association of Animal Science (ASAS) Video Competition Winner for 5 minute You Tube video “Gene Shop” (

    Professional Societies

    • American Association for the Advancement of Science
    • American Society of Animal Science


    • 1987 BS Agricultural Sciences University of Melbourne
    • 1990 MS Animal Genetics University of California, Davis
    • 1997 PhD Animal Genetics University of California, Davis


    Van Eenennaam, A.L., K. A. Weigel, A. E. Young, M. A. Cleveland, and J. C. M. Dekkers 2014. Applied Animal Genomics: Results from the Field. Annual Review of Animal Biosciences. 2:105—139.

    Van Eenennaam, A.L. 2013. GMOs in Animal Agriculture: Time to Include a Risk: Benefit Analysis in Regulatory Decisions. Journal of Animal Science and Biotechnology. 4:37.

    Van Eenennaam, A.L., W. M. Muir, and E. A. Hallerman. 2013. Is Unaccountable Regulatory Delay and Political Interference Undermining the FDA and Hurting American Competitiveness? The Food and Drug Law Institute (FDLI) Food and Drug Policy Forum. Volume 3 (12) July 24, 2013.

    Weber, K. L., D. J. Drake, J. F. Taylor, D. J. Garrick, L.A. Kuehn, R. M. Thallman, R. D. Schnabel, W. M. Snelling, E. J. Pollak, A. L. Van Eenennaam. 2012. The accuracies of DNA-based genetic merit prediction equations derived from Angus- and multi-breed beef cattle training populations. Journal of Animal Science. 90:4177-4190.

    Weber, K. L., R. M. Thallman, J. W. Keele, W. M. Snelling, G. L. Bennett, T. P. L. Smith, T. G. McDaneld, M. F. Allan, A. L. Van Eenennaam, and L. A. Kuehn. 2012. Accuracy of genomic breeding values in multi-breed beef cattle populations derived from deregressed breeding values and phenotypes. Journal of Animal Science. 90:4191-4202.

    Rincon, G., K.L. Weber, A.L. Van Eenennaam, B.L. Golden, and J.F. Medrano. 2011. Performance of bovine high density genotyping platforms in Holsteins and Jerseys. Journal of Dairy Science. 94: 6116–6121.

    Van Eenennaam, A. L., and D. J. Drake. 2011. Where in the beef cattle supply chain might DNA tests generate value? Livestock Production Science. 52(3) 185-196.

    Van Eenennaam, A.L. and W.M. Muir. 2011. Transgenic salmon: a final leap to the grocery shelf? Nature Biotechnology. 29: 706–710

    Van Eenennaam, A. L. 2011. Beef translational genomics: Lessons from the literature. Association for the Advancement of Animal Breeding and Genetics. 19: 271-278.

    Cooprider, K. L., F. M. Mitloehner, T. R. Famula, E. Kebreab, Y. Zhao, and A. L. Van Eenennaam. 2011. Feedlot efficiency implications on greenhouse gas emissions and sustainability. Journal of Animal Science. 89:2643-56

    Van Eenennaam, A. L., J.H. van der Werf, and M.E. Goddard. 2011. The value of using DNA markers for beef bull selection in the seedstock sector. Journal of Animal Science. 89:307-320.

    Van Eenennaam, A. L. E. M. Hallerman, and W.M. Muir. 2011. The Science and Regulation of Food from Genetically Engineered Animals. Council for Agricultural Science and Technology (CAST) Commentary QTA2011-2. CAST, Ames, Iowa.

    W. E. Pohlmeier, R. C. Hovey, and A. L. Van Eenennaam. 2011. Reproductive abnormalities in mice expressing omega-3 fatty acid desaturase in their mammary glands. Transgenic Research. 20:283-92.

    Wong, A.C., and A. L. Van Eenennaam. 2011. FLPe functions in zebrafish embryos. Transgenic Research. 20:409–415.

    Hagopian,K., K. L. Weber, D. T. Hwee, A. L. Van Eenennaam, G. López-Lluch, J. M. Villalba, I. Burón, P. Navas, J. B. German, S. M. Watkins, K. A. Simmons Domer, Y. Chen, A. Wei, R. B. McDonald, and J. J. Ramsey. 2010. Complex I hydrogen peroxide production is decreased and electron transport chain enzymes activities are altered in n-3 enriched fat-1 mice. PLoS ONE. 5(9):e12696.

    Fahrenkrug, S. C., A. Blake, D. F. Carlson, T. Doran, A. L. Van Eenennaam, D. Faber, C. Galli, P. B. Hackett, N. Li, E. A. Maga, J. D. Murray, R. Stotish, E. Sullivan, J. F. Taylor, M. Walton, M. Wheeler, B. Whitelaw, B. P. Glenn. 2010. Precision Genetics for Complex Objectives in Animal Agriculture. Journal of Animal Science. 88:2530-2539.

    Van Eenennaam, A. L., K. L. Weber, K. Cooprider, and D. J. Drake. 2010. Development and implementation of a vertically-integrated beef cattle data collection system. California Agriculture. 64: 94-100

    W. Pohlmeier, and A. L. Van Eenennaam. 2008. Animal Biotechnology. 30 minute UC ANR peer-reviewed video.

    A. L. Van Eenennaam, and J. F. Medrano. 2008. Manipulation of Milk Fat Composition Through Transgenesis, pages 343-354 in Bioactive Components in Milk, Edited by Z. Bösze. Springer. 483 pp.

    A. C. Wong, and A. L. Van Eenennaam. 2008. Transgenic Approaches for the Reproductive Containment of Genetically Engineered Fish. Aquaculture. 275:1-12.

    K. D. Bongiovanni, E. J. DePeters, and A. L. Van Eenennaam. 2007. Neonatal Growth and Development of Mice Raised on Milk Transgenically-Enriched with Omega-3 Fatty Acids. Pediatric Research. In press.

    A. L. Van Eenennaam, J. Li, R. M. Thallman, R. L. Quaas, M. E. Dikeman, C. A. Gill, D. E. Franke, M. G. Thomas. 2007. Validation of commercial DNA tests for quantitative beef quality traits. Journal of Animal Science. 85(4): 891-900.

    A. L. Van Eenennaam, and P. G. Lemaux 2007. Cornucopia's Challenge. University of California, Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources. 6587V (VHS) or 6587D (DVD)

    A. L. Van Eenennaam, R. L. Weaber, D. J. Drake, M. C. T. Penedo, R. L. Quaas , D. J. Garrick, E. J. Pollak. 2007. DNA-based paternity analysis and genetic evaluation in a large commercial cattle ranch setting. In press. Journal of Animal Science.

    B. T. Kao, Edward J. DePeters, and Alison L. Van Eenennaam. 2006. Mice Raised on Milk Transgenically-Enriched with n-3 PUFA have Increased Brain Docosahexaenoic Acid. Lipids. 41(6):543-9.

    B. T. Kao, K. A. Lewis, E. J. DePeters, and A. L. Van Eenennaam. 2006. Endogenous Production and Elevated Levels of Long-Chain n-3 Fatty Acids in the Milk of Transgenic Mice. Journal of Dairy Science. 89:3195-3201.27.

    A. L. Van Eenennaam, and P. G. Olin. 2006. Careful risk assessment needed to evaluate transgenic fish. California Agriculture 60(3) 126-131.

    A. L. Van Eenennaam. 2006. What is the future of animal biotechnology? California Agriculture 60(3) 132-139.

    K. C. Morimoto, A. L. Van Eenennaam, E. J. DePeters, and J. F. Medrano. 2005. Hot Topic: Endogenous Production of Omega-3 and Omega-6 Fatty Acids in Mammalian Cells. Journal of Dairy Science. 88(3) 1142-1146.