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Professor Mark Crowe

Prof. Mark Crowe

Professor of Animal Husbandry and Reproduction, University College Dublin, School of Veterinary Medicine


Mark Crowe is currently Professor of Animal Husbandry and Reproduction in the School of Veterinary Medicine in UCD, where he teaches reproductive biology to undergraduate veterinary students. He received his BAgrSc from the Agriculture School in University College Dublin (UCD; 1989), and PhD in Reproductive Biology (1994) from the UCD Veterinary School. He is board certified by the American College of Animal Physiology (2002), and is an associate member of the European College of Animal Reproduction (2010). His research endeavours were recognised by the award of a higher doctorate (DSc) based on published work (2010) by the National University of Ireland, and by the national distinction of being elected a member of the Royal Irish Academy (MRIA) in 2013. He served as director of research and deputy head of School from 2008-2011. His research is in the areas of reproductive biology and stress physiology in cattle, sheep and horses, and he has supervised 14 PhDs, 9 Masters students and 2 Diplomats of the European College of Animal Reproduction to completion.

He has authored or co-authored in excess of 110 full peer reviewed original research papers. He has spent sabbatical leave time in the University of Michigan and University of Missouri (as a Fulbright Scholar). He has close collaborative links with Oklahoma State University and Texas A and M. He is currently President of the European Society for Domestic Animal Reproduction (2011 to present), where he has served on the board of directors since 2003 and Honorary Secretary from 2004 to 2011. He has served as a member of the research committee of the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC), on a number of European Vet School accreditation visitations, as a member of the Society for the Study of Reproduction (SSR) membership committee 2006 to 2010 and the SSR awards committee 2012-2014.

He has also been an editorial board member for J. Dairy Science 2003-2008, and is currently an editorial board member for Reproduction in Domestic Animals (2006 to present).

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Crowe MA, Williams EJ, Mulligan FJ (2015). Physiological and health factors affecting fertility in beef and dairy cows. Cattle Practice 23(1):47-61.

Aungier SPM, Roche JF, Ryan DP, and Crowe MA (2015). Reproductive tract health in postpartum dairy cows: evaluation by vaginal mucus character score and ultrasound scanning and contribution of metabolic-endocrine factors to its occurrence. Journal of Dairy Science. in press.

Parr MH, Crowe MA, Lonergan P, Evans ACO, Fair T and M.G. Diskin (2015). The concurrent and carry over effects of long term changes in energy intake before insemination on pregnancy per artificial insemination in heifers. Animal Reproduction Science, epub ahead of print.

Aungier SPM, Roche JF, Duffy P, Scully S, Crowe MA (2015). The relationship between activity clusters detected by an automatic activity monitor and endocrine changes during the peri-estrous period in lactating dairy cows. Journal of Dairy Science 98:1666-1684.

Scully S, Evans ACO, Carter F, Duffy P, Lonergan P, Crowe MA (2015). Ultrasound monitoring of blood flow and echotexture of the corpus luteum and uterus during early pregnancy of beef heifers. Theriogenology 83:449-458.

Beltman ME, Walsh SW, Canty MJ, Duffy P, Crowe MA (2014). Characterisation of follicular fluid from abnormal follicular structures in mares. Research in Veterinary Science (Short communication) 97:488-490.

Parr MH, Crowe MA, Lonergan P, Evans ACO, Rizos D and Diskin MG (2014). Effect of exogenous progesterone supplementation in the early luteal phase post insemination on pregnancy per artificial insemination in Holstein-Friesian cows. Animal Reproduction Science 150:7-14.

McNally JC, Crowe MA, Roche JF, Beltman ME (2014). Effects of physiological and / or disease status on the response of postpartum dairy cows to synchronization of estrus using an intra-vaginal progesterone device Theriogenology 82:1263-1272.

Crowe MA, Williams EJ, Diskin MG (2014). Parturition to resumption of ovarian cyclicity: comparative aspects of beef and dairy cows. Animal, 8 (Suppl 1): 40-53.

Scully S, Butler ST, Kelly AK, Evans ACO, Lonergan P, Crowe MA (2014). Early pregnancy diagnosis on days 18 to 21 post-insemination using high resolution imaging in lactating dairy cows. Journal of Dairy Science, 97: 3542-3557; highlighted article of the month June 2014.

Aungier SPM, Roche JF, Diskin MG, Crowe MA (2014). Risk factors that affect reproductive target achievement in fertile dairy cows. Journal of Dairy Science 97:3472-3487

Scully S, Evans ACO, Duffy P, Crowe MA (2014). Characterization of follicle and CL development in beef heifers using high resolution 3D ultrasonography. Theriogenology 81:407-418.

Mullen MP, Bazer FW, Wu G, Parr MH, Evans ACO, Crowe MA and Diskin MG (2014). Effects of systemic progesterone during the early luteal phase on availabilities of amino acids and glucose in the bovine uterine lumen. Reproduction, Fertility, Development 26:282-292 (epub ahead of print 4 Feb, 2013).

Beltman ME, Mullen MP, Elia G, Hilliard M, Diskin MG, Evans AC, Crowe MA (2013). Global proteomic characterization of uterine histotroph recovered from beef heifers yielding good quality and degenerate day 7 embryos. Domestic Animal Endocrinology 46:49-57 (available on-line 14 November, 2013. S0739-7240(13)00131-8. 10.1016/j.domaniend.2013.10.003).

Lane EA, Crowe MA, Beltman ME, More SJ (2013). The influence of cow and management factors on reproductive performance of Irish seasonal calving dairy cows. Animal Reproduction Science, 141(1-2):34-41

Beltman ME, Forde N, Lonergan P and Crowe MA (2013). Altered endometrial immune gene expression in beef heifers with retarded embryos. Reproduction, Fertility Development published online 4 October 2012

Herlihy MM, Crowe MA, Berry DP, Diskin MG and Butler ST (2013). Factors associated with fertility outcomes in cows treated with protocols to synchronize estrus and ovulation in seasonal calving pasture-based dairy production systems. Journal of Dairy Science, Published online Jan 2013. DOI 10.3168/jds.2011-5250.

Crowe MA and Mullen MP (2013). Relative roles of FSH and LH in stimulation of effective follicular responses in cattle. Book Chapter: Gonadotropin – ISBN 980-953-307-132-4, Vizcarra Jorge (Ed), InTech, Chapter 6, pages 125-142

Mullen MP, Cooke DJ and Crowe MA (2013). Structural and functional roles of FSH and LH as glycoproteins regulating reproduction in mammalian species. Book Chapter: Gonadotropin – ISBN 980-953-307-132-4 Vizcarra Jorge (Ed), InTech, Chapter 8, pages 155-180

Crowe MA and Mullen MP (2013). Regulation and function of gonadotropins throughout the bovine oestrous cycle. Book Chapter: Gonadotropin – ISBN 980-953-307-132-4, Vizcarra Jorge (Ed), InTech, Chapter 7, pages 143-154

Crowe MA and Mullen MP (2013). Regulation and differential secretion of gonadotropins during post partum recovery of reproductive function in beef and dairy cows. Book Chapter: Gonadotropin – ISBN 980-953-307-132-4, Vizcarra Jorge (Ed), InTech, Chapter 5, pages 107-124

Herlihy MM, Giordano JO, Souza AH, Ayres H, Ferreira RM, Keskin A. Nascimento AB, Guenther JN, Gaska JM, Kacuba SJ, Crowe MA, Butler ST and Wiltbank MC (2012). Presynchronization with Double-Ovsynch improves fertility at first postpartum artificial insemination in lactating dairy cows. Journal of Dairy Science 95: 7003-7014.

Gath VP, Crowe MA, O’Callaghan D, Boland MP, Duffy P, Lonergan P and Mulligan FJ (2012). Effects of diet type on establishment of pregnancy and embryo development in beef heifers. Animal Reproduction Science, 133:139-145.

Forde N, Duffy G, McGettigan P, Browne J, Prakash Mehta J, Kelly A, Mansouri-Attia N, Sandra O, Loftus B, Crowe MA, Fair T, Roche JF, Lonergan P and Evans ACO (2012). Evidence for an early endometrial response to pregnancy in cattle: both dependent upon and independent of interferon tau. Physiological Genomics, 44:799-810. published ahead of print July 3, 2012, doi:10.1152/physiolgenomics.00067.2012

Forde N, Metha JP, Minten M, Crowe MA, Roche JF, Spencer TE, Lonergan P (2012). Effects of low progesterone on the endometrial transcriptome in cattle. Biology of Reproduction 87: 1-11
Walsh SW, Mehta JP, McGettigan PA, Browne JA, Forde N, Alibrahim R, Mulligan F, Loftus B, Crowe MA, Matthews D, Diskin M, Mihm M, and Evans ACO (2012). Effect of the metabolic environment at key stages of follicle development in cattle: focus on steroid biosynthesis. Physiological Genomics 44: 504-517.

Walsh SW, Matthews D, Browne JA Forde N, Crowe MA, Mihm M, Diskin MG, Evans ACO (2012). Acute dietary restriction in heifers alters expression of genes regulating exposure and response to gonadotrophins and IGF in dominant follicles. Animal Reproduction Science 133: 43-51

Mullen MP, Forde N, Parr MH, Diskin MG, Morris DG, Nally JE, Evans ACO and Crowe MA (2012). Alterations in systemic concentrations of progesterone during the early luteal phase affect RBP4 expression in the bovine uterus. Reproduction, Fertility, Development 24: 715-722.

Mullen MP, Elia G, Hilliard M, Parr MH, Diskin MG, Evans ACO and Crowe MA (2012). Proteomic characterization of histotroph during the preimplantation phase of the estrous cycle in cattle. Journal of Proteome Research 11: 3004-3018.

Herlihy MM, Crowe MA, Diskin MG, and Butler ST (2012). Effects of synchronization treatments on ovarian follicular dynamics, corpus luteum growth, and circulating steroid hormone concentrations in lactating dairy cows. Journal of Dairy Science 95: 743-754.

Parr MH, Mullen MP, Crowe MA, Roche JF, Lonergan P, Evans ACO, Diskin MG (2012). Relationship between pregnancy per artificial insemination and early luteal concentrations of progesterone and establishment of repeatability estimates for these traits in Holstein-Friesian heifers. Journal of Dairy Science 95: 2390-2396.

Crowe MA, Williams EJ (2012). Stress effects on post partum reproduction in dairy cows. Journal of Animal Science 90: 1722-1727Aungier SPM, Roche JF, Sheehy M, and Crowe MA (2011). Effects of management and health on the use of activity monitoring (HeatimeTM) for estrous detection in dairy cows. Journal of Dairy Science, 95: 2452-2466.

Swangchan-Uthai T, Walsh SW, Alexander SLH, Cheng Z, Crowe MA, Evans ACO, Wathes DC (2011). Comparison of mRNA for insulin-like growth factors and their binding proteins in the oviduct during the peri-oestrous period between dairy heifers and lactating cows. Reproduction, 142:457-465.

Earley B, McDonnell B, Prendiville DJ, Murray M, Crowe MA (2011). The effect of sea transport from Ireland to the Lebanon on inflammatory, adrenocortical, metabolic and behavioural responses of bulls. Research in Veterinary Science, 91:454-46.

Pluta K, Irwin JA, Dolphin C, Richardson L, Fitzpatrick E, Gallagher ME, Reid CJ, Crowe MA, Roche JF, Lonergan P, Carrington SD, Evans ACO (2011). Glycoproteins and glycosidases of the cervix during the periestrus period in cattle. Journal of Animal Science, 89(12):4032-4042.

Crowe MA (revised 2011). Reproduction, events and management: Estrous cycle – characteristics. Encyclopedia of Dairy Sciences, second edition ISBN: 978-0-12-374407-4. JW Fuquay, PF Fox and P.L.H. McSweeney (Eds). Elsevier International. Pages 428-433.

Herlihy MM, Berry DP, Crowe MA, Diskin MG, Butler ST (2011). Evaluation of protocols to synchronize estrus and ovulation in seasonal calving pasture-based dairy production systems. Journal of Dairy Science, 94:4488- 4501.

Okumu LA, Fair T, Szekeres-Bartho J, O’Doherty AM, Crowe MA, Roche J, Lonergan P, Forde N (2011). Endometrial expression of progesterone induced blocking factor and galectins-1, -3, -9 and -3 binding protein in the luteal phase and early pregnancy in cattle. Physiological Genomics, 43:903-910.

Forde N, Beltman M, Lonergan P, Diskin M, Roche JF, Crowe MA (2011). Oestrous cycles in Bos taurus cattle, Animal Reproduction Science, 124:163-169.

Mazurek M, McGee M, Crowe MA, Prendiville DJ, Boivin X, Earley B (2011). Consistency and stability of behavioural fear responses of heifers to different fear-eliciting situations involving humans. Applied Animal Behaviour Science, 131:21-28.

Mazurek M, McGee M, Minchin W, Crowe MA, Earley B (2011). Is the avoidance distance test for the assessment of animals’ responsiveness to humans influenced by either the dominant or flightiest animal in the group? Applied Animal Behaviour Science,132:107-113.

Forde N, Beltman ME, Duffy GB, Duffy P, Ó Gaora P, Roche JF, Lonergan P, Crowe MA (2011) Changes in the endometrial transcriptome during the bovine estrous cycle: effect of low circulating progesterone and consequences for conceptus elongation. Biology of Reproduction, 84: 266-278.

Pang WY, Earley B, Murray M, Sweeney T, Gath V, Crowe MA (2011). Banding or Burdizzo castration and carprofen administration on peripheral leukocyte inflammatory cytokine transcripts. Research in Veterinary Science, 90:127-132.

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