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Jeffrey Mason

Jeffrey Mason

Assistant Professor
Program: Center for Integrated BioSystems
Animal, Dairy and Veterinary Sciences: Research Faculty, Faculty
Location:  CIB 205
Office Phone:  435-797-0950
Fax:  435-797-2766
UMC 4700

Specialties: reproductive aging and orthopedic disease

About Me

A major goal of my research program is to understand the impact of the ovarian microenvironment of health disparities in postreproductive female mammals. An additional focus is the manifestation of these health disparities in orthopedic disease. There are current openings in my lab.

Projects in my lab fall within two broad program objectives:

  1. Determine the influence of ovarian germ cell and somatic tissue interactions on life and health span in mammals
  2. Understand how these interactions can predispose individuals to the onset of orthopedic disease in aged animals.

My research program is currently supported by start-up funds.

I was born and raised in Northern California and completed my degree work at the University of California, Davis, with an M.S. in Transgenics and a B.S. in Animal Science. Upon completion of my Ph.D. in Physiology with a specialization in reproductive biology in 2007, I accepted a Postdoctoral position at the School of Veterinary Medicine's New Bolton Center at the University of Pennsylvania receiving additional training in Clinical Orthopedics, Stem Cells, and Gene Therapy. At the conclusion of my NRSA Postdoctoral Fellowship in 2013, I accepted the position of Assistant Professor of Physiology in the School of Veterinary Medicine, Department of Animal, Dairy and Veterinary Sciences at Utah State University.


  • Education
    • B.S. in Animal Science
      1999, University of California, Davis
    • M.S. in Transgenics
      2001, University of California, Davis
      The effect of coating single- and double-stranded DNA with the recombinase A protein of Escherichia coli on transgene integration in mice
    • Ph.D. in Physiology
      2007, University of California, Davis
      Utilizing Gonadal Manipulation to Elucidate the Influence of Reproductive Status on Survival, Body Weight and Pathology at Death in Mice
    • Postdoc in Gene Therapy and Orthopedics
      2013, University of Pennsylvania
      Research emphasis on clinical orthopedics and in vivo gene therapy