Catherine A. VandeVoort

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Position Title
Professor in Residence

  • Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, School of Medicine
California National Primate Research Center

Profile Introduction

Primate reproductive physiology, including oocyte maturation, embryonic stem cells and ovarian toxicology.

Research Interests

Primate reproductive physiology, including oocyte maturation, embryonic stem cells and ovarian toxicology.

Grad Group Affiliations

  • Molecular, Cellular and Integrative Physiology

Specialties / Focus

  • Reproductive Physiology

Honors and Awards

  • 2008 UC Davis Charles P. Nash Prize

    Professional Societies

    • 2012 – 2016 member of California State Developmental and Reproductive Toxicant Identification Committee


    • 1986 post-doctoral fellow Reproduction Oregon National Primate Research Center -OHSU
    • 1985 PhD Nutrition Iowa State University


    Temporal patterns of gene regulation and upstream regulators contributing to major developmental transitions during Rhesus macaque preimplantation development. Schall PZ, Ruebel ML, Midic U, VandeVoort CA, Latham KE. Mol Hum Reprod. 2019 Mar 1;25(3):111-123. doi: 10.1093/molehr/gaz001. PMID: 30698740

    Prenatal Bisphenol A Exposure Alters Epithelial Cell Composition in the Rhesus Macaque Fetal Oviduct. Hung PH, Van Winkle LS, Williams CJ, Hunt PA, VandeVoort CA. Toxicol Sci. 2019 Feb 1;167(2):450-457. doi: 10.1093/toxsci/kfy251. PMID: 30295897

    Transcriptome analysis of rhesus monkey failed-to-mature oocytes: deficiencies in transcriptional regulation and cytoplasmic maturation of the oocyte mRNA population. Ruebel ML, Schall PZ, Midic U, Vincent KA, Goheen B, VandeVoort CA, Latham KE. Mol Hum Reprod. 2018 Oct 1;24(10):478-494. doi: 10.1093/molehr/gay032. PMID: 30085220

    Adiposity and weight gain during pregnancy associate independently with behavior of infant rhesus monkeys (Macaca mulatta). Walker CK, VandeVoort CA, Li CS, Chaffin CL, Capitanio JP. Dev Psychobiol. 2018 Sep;60(6):629-638. doi: 10.1002/dev.21744. Epub 2018 Jun 13. PMID: 29900528

    Determination of single embryo sex in Macaca mulatta and Mus musculus RNA-Seq transcriptome profiles. Midic U, VandeVoort CA, Latham KE. Physiol Genomics. 2018 Aug 1;50(8):628-635. doi: 10.1152/physiolgenomics.00001.2018. Epub 2018 May 4. PMID: 29727590

    Changes in gene expression following long-term in vitro exposure of Macaca mulatta trophoblast stem cells to biologically relevant levels of endocrine disruptors. Midic U, Goheen B, Vincent KA, VandeVoort CA, Latham KE. Reprod Toxicol. 2018 Apr;77:154-165. doi: 10.1016/j.reprotox.2018.02.012. Epub 2018 Mar 2. PMID: 29505797

    Quantitative assessment of timing, efficiency, specificity and genetic mosaicism of CRISPR/Cas9-mediated gene editing of hemoglobin beta gene in rhesus monkey embryos. Midic U, Hung PH, Vincent KA, Goheen B, Schupp PG, Chen DD, Bauer DE, VandeVoort CA, Latham KE.   Hum Mol Genet. 2017 Jul 15;26(14):2678-2689.

    The contraceptive efficacy of intravas injection of Vasalgel™ for adult male rhesus monkeys.Colagross-Schouten A, Lemoy MJ, Keesler RI, Lissner E, VandeVoort CA. Basic Clin Androl. 2017 Feb 7;27:4

    VandeVoort CA, Gerona RR, vom Saal FS, Tarantal AF, Hunt PA, Hillenweck A, Zalko D.  Maternal and fetal pharmacokinetics of oral radiolabeled and authentic bisphenol A in the rhesus monkey.  PLoS One   2016 in press

    Midic U, Vincent KA, VandeVoort CA, Latham KE. Effects of long-term endocrine disrupting compound exposure on Macaca mulatta embryonic stem cells.  Reprod Toxicol. 2016 Oct;65:382-393.

    VandeVoort CA, Mtango NR, Midic U, Latham KE. Disruptions in follicle cell functions in the ovaries of rhesus monkeys during summer.  Physiol Genomics. 2015 Apr;47(4):102-12.

    VandeVoort CA, Grimsrud KN, Midic U, Mtango N, Latham KE.Transgenerational effects of binge drinking in a primate model: implications for human health.  Fertil Steril. 2015 Feb;103(2):560-9. 

    Chaffin CL, Latham KE, Mtango NR, Midic U, VandeVoort CA.  Dietary sugar in healthy female primates perturbs oocyte maturation and in vitro preimplantation embryo development.  Endocrinology. 2014 Jul;155(7):2688-95. PMID: 24731100

    vom Saal FS, VandeVoort, CA, Taylor, JA, Welshons WV, Toutain PL, Hunt PA. Bisphenol A (BPA) Pharmacokinetics with Daily Oral Bolus or Continuous Exposure via Silastic Capsules in Pregnant Rhesus Monkeys: Relevance for Human Exposures.  Reprod Tox  2014 Jun;45:105-16.

    Peretz J, Ricke WA, Hunt PA, Ehrlich S, Hauser R, Heindel JJ, Padmanabhan V, Taylor H, Swan SH, VandeVoort CA, Flaws JA.        Bisphenol A and Reproductive Health: Review of Experimental and Human Evidence  EHP 2014 Aug;122(8):775-86. PMID: 24896072

    Calhoun KC, Padilla-Banks E, Jefferson WN, Liu L, Gerrish KE, Young SL, Wood CE, Hunt PA, VandeVoort CA, Williams CJ.  Bisphenol A exposure alters developmental gene expression in the fetal rhesus monkey uterus.  PLoS One  2014 Jan 23;9(1). PMCID: PMC3900442

    Golub MS Hogrefe CE, VandeVoort CA. Binge drinking prior to pregnancy detection in a nonhuman primate; behavioral evaluation of offspring.  Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research 2014 Feb;38(2):551-6.

    Hunt PA, Lawson C, Gieske M, Murdoch B, Smith H, Hassold T, VandeVoort CA Bisphenol A alters early oogenesis in the fetal ovary of the rhesus monkey. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2012 Oct 23;109(43):17525-30. PMID: 23012422

    VandeVoort CA, Tollner TL. The efficacy of ultrasound treatment as a reversible male contraceptive in the rhesus monkey. Reprod Biol Endocrinol. 2012 Sep 12;10:81.

    Tharp AP, Maffini MV, Hunt PA, VandeVoort CA, Sonnenschein C, Soto AM. 2012 Bisphenol A alters the development of the rhesus monkey mammary gland. PNAS 109(21):8190-5 PMCID: PMC3361442

    Mtango NR, Sutovsky M, Susor A, VandeVoort CA, Latham KE, Sutovsky P. Essential role of ubiquitin C-terminal hydrolases UCHL1 and UCHL3 in mammalian oocyte maturation. J Cell Physiol 2012 May;227(5):2022-9. PMID: 21751213

    Puttabyatappa M, Brogan RS, VandeVoort CA, Chaffin CL. EGF-like ligands mediate Progesterone’s anti-apoptotic action on macaque granulosa cells BOR in press

    VandeVoort CA, Chaffin CL, Lee YS, Patel BG, Latham KE. Rhesus monkey cumulus cells revert to a mural granulosa cell state following an ovulatory stimulus. Endocrinology. 2012 Nov;153(11):5535-45. PMC3473200

    Lee YS, VandeVoort CA, Gaughan JP, Midic U, Obradovic Z, Latham KE 2011 Extensive effects of in vitro oocyte maturation on rhesus monkey cumulus cell transcriptome Am J Physiol Endocrinol Metab Jul;301(1):E196-209. PMID: 21487073

    Duffy DM, VandeVoort CA. Maturation and Fertilization of nonhuman primate oocytes are compromised by oral administration of a cyclooxygenase-2 inhibitor. Fertil Steril. 2011 15;95(4):1256-60. PMID: 21236424 PMCID: PMC3053529

    VandeVoort CA, DL Hill, CL Chaffin, AJ Conley. 2011 Ethanol, Acetaldehyde and Estradiol Affect Growth and Differentiation of Rhesus Monkey Embryonic Stem Cells Alcoholism: Clinical and Exp Res 35(8):1534-40. PMID: 21438889 PMCID: PMC3139714

    VandeVoort, CA, NR Mtango, YS Lee, KE Latham, DR Stewart. 2011 The preimplantation embryo is a target for relaxin secretion during early pregnancy. Fertil Steril 96(1):203-7. PMID: 21645893

    Tollner TL, Dong DQ, VandeVoort CA.2011 Frozen-thawed rhesus sperm retain normal morphology and highly progressive motility but exhibit sharply reduced efficiency in penetrating cervical mucus and hyualuronic acid gel. Cryobiology Feb;62(1):15-21. PMID: 21112322 PMCID: PMC3044926