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 Biotechnology

Honors and Awards

  • 2019 James H Meyer Distinguished Achievement Award
  • 2019 American Society of Animal Science National Rockefeller Prentice Breeding and Genetics Award
  • 2017 American Association for the Advancement of Science Fellow
  • 2016 BIO 2016 Future Maker Award
  • 2016 Beef Improvement Federation (BIF) Continuing Service Award
  • 2014 Council for Agricultural Science and Technology (CAST) Borlaug Communication Award
  • 2014 American Society of Animal Science Extension Award
  • 2013 American Association of Animal Science (ASAS) Video Competition Winner for 5 minute You Tube video “Gene Shop” 
  • 2013 Association for Communication Excellence in Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Life and Human Sciences (ACE) Honorable mention for video “Were those the days my friend?”
  • 2012 American Association of Animal Science (ASAS) Video Competition Winner for 5 minute video “Were those the days my friend?” 
  • 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”
  • 2005 The Communicator “Award of Distinction” for “Genetic Engineering in California Agriculture” video.

    Professional Societies

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


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


    Dubrovsky, S.A., Van Eenennaam, A.L., Aly, S.S., Karle, B.M., Rossitto, P.V., Overton, M.W., Lehenbauer, T.W., and Fadel, J.G. 2020. Preweaning cost of bovine respiratory disease (BRD) and cost-benefit of implementation of preventative measures in calves on California dairies: The BRD 10K study. Journal of Dairy Science. 103(2): 1583-1597.

    Young, A.E., Mansour, T., McNabb, B., Owen, J.R., Trott, J.F., Brown, C.T., and Van Eenennaam, A. L. 2020. Comparative evaluation of the phenotype and genome from offspring of a genome edited, hornless bull and controls. Nature Biotechnology. 38: 225-232.

    Bishop, T. F., and Van Eenennaam, A. L. 2020. Genome editing approaches to augmenting livestock breeding programs. Journal of Experimental Biology. 223: jeb207159.

    Owen, J. R., S.L. Hennig, E.E. Paulson, J.C. Lin, P.J. Ross, and Van Eenennaam, A. L. 2019. Improved rate of targeted gene knock-in of in-vitro fertilized bovine embryos. Proceedings of the Association for the Advancement of Animal Breeding and Genetics. 23: 7-10.

    Van Eenennaam, A. L. 2019. Sheep Brains for Breakfast. Australian Farm Policy Journal 16(4): 20-30.

    Van Eenennaam, A. L. 2019. Application of genome editing in farm animals: cattle. Transgenic Research 28(Suppl. 2): 93-100

    Dubrovsky, S., Van Eenennaam, A. L., Karle, B. M., Rossitto, P., Lehenbauer, T. and Aly, S. 2019. Epidemiology of Bovine Respiratory Disease (BRD) in preweaned calves on California dairies:  The BRD 10K study. Journal of Dairy Science 102(8): 7306-7319. 

    Dubrovsky, S., Van Eenennaam, A. L., Karle, B. M., Rossitto, P., Lehenbauer, T. and Aly, S. 2019. Bovine Respiratory Disease (BRD) cause-specific and overall Mortality in preweaned calves on California dairies: The BRD 10K study. Journal of Dairy Science 102(8): 7320-7328. 

    Maier, G.U., Love, W.J., Karle, B.M., Dubrovsky, S.A., Williams, D.R., Champagne, J.D., Anderson, R.J., Rowe, J.D., Lehenbauer T.W., Van Eenennaam, A. L., Aly, S.S. 2019. Management factors associated with bovine respiratory disease in preweaned calves on California dairies: The BRD 100 study. Journal of Dairy Science 102(8): 7288-7305.

    Upperman, L.R., Kinghorn, B.P., MacNeil, M.D., and Van Eenennaam, A. L. 2019. Management of lethal recessive alleles in beef cattle through the use of mate allocation software. Genetics, Selection, Evolution. 51: 36.

    Rexroad, C.,Vallet, J., Kumar, L., Reecy, J., Bickhart, D., Blackburn, H., Boggess, M., Cheng, H., Clutter,  A., Cockett, N., Ernst, C., Fulton, J., Liu,  J., Lunney, J., Neibergs, H., Purcell, C., Smith, T., Sonstegard, T., Taylor, J., Telugu, B., Van Eenennaam, A., Van Tassell, C., and Wells, K. 2019. Genome to Phenome: Improving Animal Health, Production and Well-Being A New USDA Blueprint for Animal Genome Research 2018 - 2027. Frontiers in Genetics 10:327.

    Van Eenennaam, A.L., Wells, K.D., and Murray, J.D. 2019. Proposed U.S. regulation of gene-edited food animals is not fit for purpose. npj Science of Food 3, 3.

    Karle, B.M., Maier, G.U., Love, W.J., Dubrovsky, S.A., Williams, D.R., Anderson, R.J., Van Eenennaam, A.L., Lehenbauer, T.W., Aly, S.S. 2019. Regional management practices and prevalence of bovine respiratory disease in California's preweaned dairy calves. Journal of Dairy Science 102(8): 7583-7596.

    Moisá, SJ, Aly, SS, Lehenbauer, TW, Love, WJ, Rossitto, PV, Van Eenennaam, AL, Trombetta, SC, Bortoluzzi, EM, Hulbert, LE. 2019. Association of plasma haptoglobin concentration and other biomarkers with bovine respiratory disease status in pre-weaned dairy calves. Journal of Veterinary Diagnostic Investigation, 31(1): 40-46.

    Mueller, M.L., Cole, J.B., Sonstegard, T.S., Van Eenennaam, A.L. 2019. Comparison of gene editing vs. conventional breeding to introgress the POLLED allele into the U.S. dairy cattle population. Journal of Dairy Science 102(5): 4215-4226

    Van Eenennaam, A.L. and A.E. Young. 2018. Gene Editing in Livestock: Promise, Prospects, and Policy. CAB Reviews, 13(27).

    Buchanan, J., MacNeil, M.D., Raymond, R.C., Nilles, A.R., Van Eenennaam, A.L. 2018. Comparison of economic returns among genetic evaluation strategies in a 2-tiered Charolais-sired beef cattle production system. Journal of Animal Science. 96(10): 4076–4086.

    Van Eenennaam, A.L. 2018. The future of genetic alteration in food animal production. OIE Scientific and Technical Review 37(1).

    Kern, C, Wang, Y, Chitwood, J, Korf, I, Delany, M, Cheng, H, Medrano, JF, Van Eenennaam, AL, Ernst, C, Ross, P, Zhou, H. 2018. Genome-wide identification of tissue-specific long non-coding RNA in three farm animal species. BMC genomics, 19(1): 684.

    Van Eenennaam, A.L. 2018. The Importance of a Novel Product Risk-Based Trigger for Gene-Editing Regulation in Food Animal Species. The CRISPR Journal 1(2):1-6.

    Behura, S.K., Tizioto, P.C., Kim, J.W., Grupioni, N.V., Seabury, C.M., Schnabel, R.D., Gershwin, L.J., Van Eenennaam, A.L., Toaff-Rosenstein, R., Neibergs, H.L., Regitano, L.C.A., Taylor, J.F. 2017. Tissue Tropism in Host Transcriptional Response to Members of the Bovine Respiratory Disease Complex. Scientific Reports 7: 17938.

    Owen, J.R., Noyes, N., Young, A.E., Prince, D.J., Blanchard, P.C., Lehenbauer, T.W., Aly, S.S., Davis, J.H., O'Rourke, S.M., Abdo, Z., Belk, K., Miller, M.R., Morley, P., Van Eenennaam, A.L. 2017. Whole-Genome Sequencing and Concordance Between Antimicrobial Susceptibility Genotypes and Phenotypes of Bacterial Isolates Associated with Bovine Respiratory Disease. G3: Genes, Genomes, Genetics 7:3059-3071.

    Van Eenennaam, A.L. and A.E. Young. 2017. Detection of dietary DNA, protein, and glyphosate in meat, milk, and eggs. Journal of Animal Science 95(7):3247-3269.

    Welly, B.T., Miller, M.R., Stott, J.L., Blanchard, M.T., Islas-Trejo, A.D., O’Rourke, S.M., Young, A.E., Medrano, J.F., Van Eenennaam, A.L. 2017. Identification of antigenic proteins from the etiologic agent of epizootic bovine abortion using de novo assembly, reverse vaccinology and immunological validation of candidate proteins. G3: Genes, Genomes, Genetics. 7(2):321-331.

    Van Eenennaam, A.L. 2017. Genetic Modification of Food Animals. Current Opinion in Biotechnology 44:27-34.

    Van Eenennaam, A.L. 2016. Gene editing: Breeding or GMO? National Institutes of Bioscience Journal 1: 1-16.

    Buchanan, J.W., James, S.T., Marquess, F.L., Woronuk, G.N., Deobald, H., Welly, B.T., Van Eenennaam, A.L. 2016. Analysis of validated and population specific SNP parentage panels in pedigreed and commercial beef cattle populations. Canadian Journal of Animal Science. 97:231-240.

    Buchanan, J.W., MacNeil, M.D., Raymond, R.C., McClain, A.R., Van Eenennaam, A.L. 2016. Variance component estimates for Charolais-sired fed cattle and relative economic impact of bovine respiratory disease. Journal of Animal Science. 94:1-6.

    Petracca,Y., Van Eenennaam, A.L., Lema, M.A. 2016. Gene Editing: Do not forget about Animal Agriculture. Journal of Advanced Research in Biotechnology. 1(1):1-2. 

    Carroll, D., Van Eenennaam, A.L., Taylor, J.F., Seger, J., Voytas, D.F. 2016. Regulate genome-edited products, not genome editing itself. Nature Biotechnology 34(5): 477-479.

    Weber,K.L., Welly, B.T., Van Eenennaam, A.L., Young, A.E., Porto-Neto, L.R., Reverter, A., Rincon, G. 2016. Identification of Gene Networks for Residual Feed Intake in Angus Cattle Using Genomic Prediction and RNA-seq. PLoS One 11(3): e0152274.

    Love, W.J., Lehenbauer, T.W., Van Eenennaam, A.L., Drake, C.M., Kass, P.H., Farver, T.B., Aly, S.S. 2016. Sensitivity and Specificity of On-Farm Scoring Systems and Nasal Culture to Detect Bovine Respiratory Disease Complex in Pre-weaned Dairy Calves. Journal of Veterinary Diagnostic Investigation 28(2): 119-128.

    Love, W.J., Lehenbauer, T.W., Karle, B.M., Hulbert, L.E., Anderson, R.J., Van Eenennaam, A.L., Farver, T.B., Aly, S.S. 2016. Survey of management practices related to bovine respiratory disease in preweaned calves on California dairies. J Dairy Sci 99(2):1483-94.

    Love, W.J., Lehenbauer, T.W., Van Eenennaam, A.L., Drake, C.M., Kass, P.H., Farver, T.B., Aly, S.S. 2016. Sensitivity and specificity of on-farm scoring systems and nasal culture to detect bovine respiratory disease complex in preweaned dairy calves. J Vet Diagn Invest 28(2):119-28.

    Van Eenennaam, A.L. and A.E. Young. 2015. Animal agriculture and the importance of agnostic governance of biotechnology. Agriculture and Food Security 4: 21. 

    Gershwin, L.J., Van Eenennaam, A.L., Anderson, M.L., McEligot, H.A., Shao, M.X., Toaff-Rosenstein, R., Taylor, J.F., Neibergs, H.L. 2015. Single pathogen challenge with agents of the Bovine Respiratory Disease Complex. PLoS One 10(11): e0142479.

    Tizioto, P., Kim, J., Seabury, C., Schnabel, R., Gerswhin, L., Van Eenennaam, A, Toaff-Rosenstein, R., Neibergs, H., Taylor, J., 2015. Immunological response to single pathogen challenge with agents of the Bovine Respiratory Disease Complex. An RNA-sequence analysis of the bronchial lymph node transcriptome. PLoS One 10(6): e0131459.

    Ng, T.F., Kondov, N.O., Deng, X., Van Eenennaam, A., Neibergs, H.L., Delwart, E. 2015. A metagenomics and case-control study to identify viruses associated with bovine respiratory disease. Journal of Virology 89(10): 5340-9.

    Young, A.E. and A.L. Van Eenennaam. 2015. Genetically Modified Organisms, Animals. MacMillan’s Reference Discoveries in Modern Science: Exploration, Invention, Technology. 419-425.

    Neibergs, H.L., Seabury, C.M., Wojtowicz, A.J., Wang, Z., Scraggs, E., Kiser, J., Neupane, M., Womack, J.E., Van Eenennaam, A.L., Hagevoort, G.R., Lehenbauer, T.W., Aly, S.S., Davis, J., Taylor, J.F. 2014. Susceptibility loci revealed for bovine respiratory disease complex in pre-weaned Holstein calves. BMC Genomics. 2014 Dec 22: 15(1):1164.

    Van Eenennaam, A.L., and A.E. Young. 2014. Prevalence and impacts of genetically engineered feedstuffs on livestock populations. Journal of Animal Science. 2014 Oct; 92(10): 4255-78.

    Van Eenennaam, A.L., K.L. Weber, and D.J. Drake. 2014. Evaluation of bull prolificacy on commercial beef cattle ranches using DNA paternity analysis. Journal of Animal Science. 92(6): 2693-2701.

    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.