Karen McDowell, Ph.D, EMB

Associate Professor

Phone (859) 218-1104
Fax (859) 257-8542

1400 Nicholasville Road
Lexington KY 40546

Professional Profile


1978-1980; Graduate Teaching Assistant, University of Tennessee

1980-1986; Graduate Research Assistant, University of Florida

1986-1987; NIH Postdoctoral Fellow, Colorado State University

1988-1992; Assistant Professor, University of Kentucky

1993 - Present; Associate Professor, University of Kentucky

1999-2008; Community Based Faculty in Clinical and Reproductive Sciences, College of Health Science, University of Kentucky

2008-Present; Joint appointment Department of Clinical and Reproductive Sciences, College of Health Science, University of Kentucky

Outstanding Dissertation Award

College of Agriculture, University of Florida, 1986; Dissertation Research: Establishment of Pregnancy in Mares: Interrelationships Among Uterine Proteins, Prostaglandin F2a and Conceptus Secretory Proteins.

Research Interests

Reproductive Biology

  • Maternal-embryonic communication

  • Embryonic development and embryonic loss

  • Mare Reproductive Loss Syndrome

  • Contribution of maternal age to embryonic loss

  • Regulation of luteal function during the estrous cycle and pregnancy

  • Regulation of gene expression in embryonic development and reproductive tract function

Curriculum Vitae




University of Tennessee; B.S., 1976, Animal Science

University of Tennessee; M.S., 1980, Animal Science

University of Florida; Ph.D., 1986, Animal Science

Colorado State University; NIH Postdoctoral Fellow, 1987, Physiology

University of Kentucky; Graduate Certificate, 2006, Clinical Reproductive Sciences

American College of Embryology; Certified Embryologist, 2010, Human Clinical Embryology

Areas of Interest

genetics and genomics, reproductive health