Fuller W. Bazer

Fuller W. Bazer

Infobox scientist
name = Dr. Fuller Bazer



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nationality = United States
field = Animal Science
work_institutions = University of Florida
alma_mater = North Carolina State University
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prizes = Wolf Prize in Agriculture

Fuller W. Bazer (born 1938) is an American animal scientist and a a Regents Fellow, Distinguished Professor, and O.D. Butler Chair in Animal Science at Texas A&M University.

Birth and education

Fuller W. Bazer was born in 1938 in Shreveport, Louisiana. He received his BS in Biology from Centenary College in Shreveport, LA; and his Masters at LSU. He completed his Ph.D. in animal science from North Carolina State University. He was a graduate research professor in animal science and pediatrics at the University of Florida before moving to Texas A&M University in 1992.

Research

Fuller W. Bazer is known for his contributions in clarifying the biological mystery of embryo-maternal signaling, that leads to the maintenance of pregnancy and to the survival of the embryo in livestock species.

It was known that chemical communication between embryo and mother was essential for a successful pregnancy in mammals. However, little was known about the details of the process, before R. Michael Roberts and Fuller W. Bazer began a collaboration to elucidate on these relationships. After a period of intensive joint efforts, lasting 16 years, each has continued over the past several years, to make important independent contributions, at Texas A&M University and at the University of Missouri.

Among his key discoveries, Fuller isolated a uterine protein called uteroferrin and identified that it is a hematopoietic growth factor that influences the survival of the neonate and may be useful in treating diseases, such as leukemia and osteoporosis. He determined that estrogen in pigs and interferon-t in ruminant species, are the signals for pregnancy maintenance. The ability of interferon-t to suppress transcription of the estrogen receptor gene, provides a model for potential treatment of estrogen-dependent tumors.

Awards and honors

Fuller W. Bazer received several awards and honors for his contributions. In 2003, he was awarded the Wolf Prize in Agriculture along with R. Michael Roberts for "for discoveries of Interferon-t and other pregnancy-associated proteins, which clarified the biological mystery of signaling between embryo and mother to maintain pregnancy, with profound effects on the efficiency of animal production systems, as well as human health and well-being". [ [http://www.wolffund.org.il/cat.asp?id=14&cat_title=AGRICULTURE The Wolf Prize in Agriculture] ] He also received the Gamma Sigma Delta International Distinguished Achievement Award in Agriculture in 1996, Distinguished Service (2000) and Carl Hartman (2004) awards from the Society for the Study of Reproduction, as well as the American Society of Animal Science Award in Physiology and Endocrinology (1980).

Notes

References

* Fuller W. Bazer [http://animalscience.tamu.edu/ANSC/cabg/people/bazer/bazer.htm]
* The Wolf Prize in Agriculture in 2002/3 [http://www.wolffund.org.il/full.asp?id=7]


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