Alex Evans

  • Head, School of Agriculture and Food Science

Professor Evans is the Dean of Agriculture, and Head of the School of Agriculture and Food Science in University College Dublin. He is also Director of the Reproductive Biology Research Cluster, a group of like-minded scientists researching the factors impacting the establishment of pregnancy in cattle. Professor Evans has attracted over 12 million euros of research funding, has supervised over 30 graduate students, has published over 115 peer reviewed papers and is the Co-Editor-in-Chief of the international journal Animal Reproduction Science.

Professor Evans has a BSc in Animal Science from the Nottingham University (UK), a PhD from the University of Saskatchewan (Canada) and a DSc (Published work) from the National University of Ireland. Following a position as a postdoctoral fellow in Cornell University (USA) he joined the academic staff in University College Dublin, Ireland. His teaching is primarily in the area of Animal Physiology with an emphasis on animal reproduction and fertility.

Professor Evans has conducted research on a wide range of topics focusing on reproduction and fertility in cattle and sheep. These areas include the regulation of puberty, oestrus synchronisation, ovarian follicle development, oocyte and embryo development, uterine health and function, and management and physiological factors affecting fertility in cattle and sheep. He is Director of the Reproductive Biology Research Cluster that is funded by a multi-million Euro grant from Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) and a number of industrial partners. The Cluster comprises over 60 scientists working on basic and applied projects to address specific aspects of female infertility focusing on events in the days immediately before and after fertilization. The overall objective is to identify genes, proteins and other complex molecules, and their expression patterns, in bovine ovarian follicles, oocytes, embryos, cervix and uterus that are responsible for, or are markers of, infertility. Particular focus is on those molecules that are responsible for failure of the initiation and establishment of pregnancy in the days following fertilization.

  • 1989 – BSc in Animal Science, Nottingham University, Sutton Bonington, England
  • 1993 – PhD in Reproductive Physiology, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Canada
  • 1994 – Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Reproductive Physiology, Cornell University, USA
  • 1996 to 2006 – Assistant Lecturer, College Lecturer, Senior Lecturer, University College Dublin, Ireland
  • 2003 – Visiting Scholar at Michigan State University, USA
  • 2006 – Associate Professor of Animal Physiology, University College Dublin, Ireland
  • 2007 – Director Reproductive Biology Research Cluster
  • 2009 – DSc, National University of Ireland
  • 2011 – Dean and Head of School of Agriculture and Food Science, UCD