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Lee Rickords

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Animal, Dairy and Veterinary Sciences

Molecular Genetics, Reproductive Physiology, Embryology

Associate Professor

Educational Background

PhD, Animal Science (Reproductive Physiology), (Zoology (Molecular Biology)), Louisiana State University, 1991
Nuclear Transplantation: Intracellular release and extracellular influx of calcium in resonse to electrofusion pulse and its effect on murine oocyte activation and embryonic development
MS, Animal Science (Reproductive Physiology), Brigham Young University, 1990
Effect of Microinjection and two types of electrical stimuli on bovine sperm-hamster egg penetraton
BA, Animal Science, Brigham Young University, 1984





Contact Information

Go toOffice Location: AGRS 248B
DialPhone: 435-797-2195
SendEmail: lee.rickords@usu.edu

Awards

Undergraduate Research Mentor of the Year , 2015

College of Agriculture and Applied Sciences

Graduate Research Mentor of the Year, 2013

College of Agriculture and Applied Sciences

Outstanding Teacher of the Year Award, 2010

Department of Animal, Dairy and Veterinary Sciences

College of Agriculture faculty escort for Valedictorian, 2009

Undergraduate Research Mentor of the Year for the College of Agriculture, 2009

Congratulatory letter from Associate Dean, 2005


  • Rickords, L.F, (2012). Single nucleotide polymorphism analysis of parentage identification using high-throughput, low-cost SNP genotyping in cattle. Scherago International
  • Li, R., Xiao, L., Suasnavas, E., Issom, C., Larson, D., Rickords, L.F, Zhou, A., Assessment of Cell Behaviors on TiO2 Nanotube Arrays by Using Atomic Force Microscopy, Raman Spectroscopy, Fluorescence Microscopy. Abstract #2060, Honolulu PRiME 2012, The Electrochemical Society
  • Rickords, L.F, (2003). Greve Chromosome abnormalities of in vivo developed, in vitro produced or parthenogenetically activated porcine embryos. Theriogenology *
  • Rickords, L.F, (2002). DNA Polymorphisms in the Y-Specific Amelogenin-Like Gene (AMELY) of Brown Tufted Capuchin and Pigteail, Japanese and Rhesus Macaques. Biol. Reprod. *
  • Rickords, L.F, (2002). The activation of ribosomal RNA genes in nuclear Transfer porcine embryos. Theriogenology *
  • Rickords, L.F, (2001). Thymic epithelial cells induce specific tolerance upon intrathymic transplantation, and may betransduced with genes encoding novel proteins, resulting in novel gene expression. Cell Transplantation *
  • Rickords, L.F, (1999). Mixoploidy is more frequent in bovine blastocysts produced in vitro that in blastocysts developed in vitro. Theriogenology *
  • Rickords, L.F, (1999). Y-Chromosome specific polymorphism in the amelogenin-like gene of Cervus elaphus nelsoni and Odocoileus viginianus. Biol Repro *
  • Rickords, L.F, (1996). Rapid detection of a bovine Y-chromosome specific repeat sequence using fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH). Theriogenology *
  • Rickords, L.F, (1995). Staurosporine induces pronuclear formation but does not elicit a rise in intracellular calcium in murine oocytes. Biol Reprod *
  • Rickords, L.F, (1993). Okadaic acid increases rate of activation of electrically activated in vitro matured porcine oocytes. Theriogenology *
  • Rickords, L.F, (1993). Timing of the transition from maternal to embryonic control in the 4-cell porcine embryos. Theriogenology *
  • Rickords, L.F, (1992). Combined second messenger induced activation of porcine oocytes. Biol Reprod *
  • Rickords, L.F, (1992). Effect of the protein kinase C inhibitor staurosporine on oocyte activation of in vitro matured porcine oocytes. Biol Reprod *
  • Rickords, L.F, (1991). Electric pulse induced intracellular Ca2+ flux and its effect on murine oocyte activation. Reprol Reprod *
  • Rickords, L.F, (1990). Enhanced in vitro growth of murine embryos cultured in Whitten's medium and supplemented with a novel amphipathic peptide. Biol Reprod *
  • Rickords, L.F, (1988). Dinoprostone induced cervical dilation in the ewe. Theriogenology *
  • Rickords, L.F, (1988). Early embryonic development in vitro by co-culture with oviductal epithelial cells in the porcine. Biol Reprod *
  • Rickords, L.F, (1988). Effect of electrofusion on development and activation of frozen-thawed microinjected bovine spermatozoa into hamster oocytes. J Animal Sci *
  • Rickords, L.F, (1988). Embryonic development and quality in cycling crossbred gilts following altrenogest synchronization and exogenous gonadotropin administration. Theriogenology *
  • Rickords, L.F, (1987). Toxicity of a novel antimicrobial agent to cattle and hamster cells in vitro. J Anim Sci *

Publications - Books & Book Chapters

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    Publications - Fact Sheets

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    Publications - Curriculum

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      Publications - Journal Articles

        Academic Journal

      • Morrill, B.H, Rickords, L.F, Sutherland, C., Julander, J.G, (2011). E!ects of Captivity on Female Reproductive Cycles and Egg Incubation in Ball Pythons (Python regius). Herpetological Review, 42:2, 226-231.
      • Morrill, B.H, Rickords, L.F, Schafstall, H.J, (2009). Sequence length polymorphisms within cervid amelogenin-X and amelogenin-Y genes: Use in sex determination. Wild Biol Pract, 5 (No. 2), 89-95.
      • Liu, Y., Li, G., Rickords, L.F, White, K.L, Sessions, B.R, Aston, K.I, Bunch, T.D, (2008). Nicotine Induced Diploidy in In Vitro Matured Bovine Oocytes. Anim Reprod Sci, 103, 13-34.
      • Morrill, B.H, Rickords, L.F, Schafstall, H.J, (2008). Sequence length polymorphisms within primate amelogenin and amelogenin-like genes: Usefulness in sex determination. American Journal of Primatology, 70, 976-985.
      • Elliot, K.A, Rickords, L.F, Young, J.M, (2008). Transduction of E2F-1 Tat Fusion Proteins Represses Expression of HTERT in Primary Ductal Breast Carcinoma Cell Lines. Molecular Cancer, 7, 28-38.
      • Aston, K.I, Li, G., Hicks, B.A, Sessions, B.R, Bunch, T.D, Rickords, L.F, Weimer, B., White, K.L, (2008). Aberrant Expression of Transcription Factors and Other Genes in Various Stages of Preimplantation Bovine Somatic Cell Nuclear Transfer Embryos. Mol. Reprod. Dev. (Submitted)
      • Lui, Y., Li, G., Rickords, L.F, White, K.L, Sessions, B.R, Aston, K.I, Bunch, T.D, (2008). Effect of Nicotine on In Vitro Maturation of Bovine Oocytes.. Anim. Reprod. Science, 103, 13-24.
      • Liu, Y., Li, G., Sessions, B.R, Rickords, L.F, White, K.L, Bunch, T.D, (2008). Nicotine Induces Multinuclear Formation and Causes Aberrant Embryonic Development in Bovine.. Mol. Reprod. Dev., 75, 801-809.
      • Liu, Y., Li, G., White, K.L, Rickords, L.F, Sessions, B.R, Aston, K.I, Bunch, T.D, (2008). Nicotine Alters Bovine Oocyte Meiosis and Affects Subsequent Embryonic Development.. Mol. Reprod. Dev., 74, 1473-1482.
      • Bolette, B., Viuff, D., Pederson, H., Rickords, L.F, Lai, L., Cheong, H., Samuel, M., Prather, R., Strejcek, F., Rasmussen, Z., Laurincik, J., Rosenkranz, C., Niemann, H., Hyttel, P., Thomasen, P., (2007). Activation of ribosomal RNA genes in porcine embryos produced in vitro or by somatic cell nuclear transfer. Mol. Reprod. Dev., 74, 35-41.
      • Pate, B.J, White, K.L, Winger, Q.A, Rickords, L.F, Aston, K.I, Sessions, B.R, Li, G., Campbell, K.D, Weimer, B., Bunch, T.D, (2007). Specific Integrin Subunits In Bovine Oocytes, Including Novel Sequences For Alpha 6 And Beta 3 Subunits.. Mole. Reprod. Devel., 74, 600-607.
      • Spencer, D., Ross, J., Geisert, R., Rickords, L.F, (2006). Porcine conceptus Oct-4 mRNA expression during peri-implantation development.. Reproduction in Domestic Animals, 41, 571-572.
      • Li, G., Bunch, T.D, White, K.L, Rickords, L.F, Liu, Y., Sessions, B.R, (2006). Denuding and centrifugation of maturing oocytes alters oocyte spindle integrity and the ability of cytoplasm to support parthenogenetic and nuclear transfer embryo development. Mol. Reprod. Devel., 73, 446-451.
      • Liu, Y., Li, G., Rickords, L.F, White, K.L, Sessions, B.R, Aston, K.I, Bunch, T.D, (2006). Effect of nicotine on in vitro maturation of bovine oocytes. Reprod. Biol. Endocrinol.
      • Pate, B.J, White, K.L, Winger, Q.A, Rickords, L.F, Aston, K.I, Sessions, B.R, Li, G., Cambell, K.D, Weimer, B., Bunch, T.D, (2006). Specific integrin subunits in bovine oocytes, including novel sequences for Alpha 6 and Beta 3 subunits. Mole. Reprod. Devel. (Published Online - Oct.12, 2006)
      • Julander, J., Winger, Q.A, Rickords, L.F, Shi, P.Y, Tilgner, M., Binduga-Gajewska, I., Sidwell, R.W, Morrey, J.D, (2006). West Nile virus infection of the placenta.. Virology, 347:1, 175-182.
      • Rickords, L.F, (2003). Chromosome abnormalities of in vivo developed, in vitro produced or parthenogenetically activated porcine embryos. Theriogenology, 59, 430.
      • Rickords, L.F, (2002). Bovine embryos contain a higher proportion of polyploid cells in the trophectoderm than in the embryonic disc. Mol Reprod Dev, 62, 483-488.
      • Rickords, L.F, (2000). Preimplantation Genetic Testing. J. Clin Ligand Assay, 23, 15-20.
      • Rickords, L.F, (1999). Parthenogenetic activation of porcine oocytes following nuclear transfer. Cloning, 1, 101-109.
      • Rickords, L.F, (1999). A high proportion of bovine blastocysts produced in vitro are mixoploid. Biol of Reprod, 60, 1273-1278.
      • Rickords, L.F, (1999). Parthenogenetic activation of porcine oocytes following nuclear transfer. Cloning, 1, 101-109.
      • Rickords, L.F, (1998). Preimplantation genetic diagnosis: prevention of serious genetic disorders. J. Okla. State Med. Assoc., 91, 8-May.
      • Rickords, L.F, (1993). Diacyglycerol enhanced artificial activation of porcine oocytes matured in vitro. Theriogenology, 40, 257-266.
      • Rickords, L.F, (1993). Electroporation of Inositol 1,4,5-triphosphate induces repetitive calcium oscillations in murine oocytes. J Exp Zool, 265, 178-184.
      • Rickords, L.F, (1992). Characterization of deoxyribonucleic acid synthesis and the transition from maternal to embryonic control in the 4-cell porcine embryo. Biol. Reprod., 47, 1118-1125.
      • Rickords, L.F, (1992). Developmental regulation of a snRNP core protein during pig embryogenesis and after nuclear transfer for cloning. Mol. Reprod. Dev., 33, 119-123.
      • Rickords, L.F, (1992). Effect of electrofusion pulse in either electrolyte or non-electrolyte fusion medium on subsequent murine nuclear transplant embryonic development. Mol. Reprod. Dev., 32, 259-264.
      • Rickords, L.F, (1992). Electrofusion induced intracellular Ca2+ flux and its effect on murine oocyte activation. Mol. Reprod. Dev., 31, 152-159.
      • Rickords, L.F, (1992). Nuclear transplantation as a method of producing genetically identical livestock. Anim. Biotech., 3, 67-79.
      • Rickords, L.F, (1990). Effect of microinjection and two types of electrical stimuli on bovine sperm-hamster egg penetration. Mol Reprod Dev, 27, 163-167.
      • Rickords, L.F, (1989). Early embryonic development in vitro by co-culture with oviductal epithelial cells in pigs. Biol of Reprod, 41, 425-430.
      • Rickords, L.F, (1988). Dinoprostone induce cervical dilation in the ewe. 11th Int. Cong. of Animal. Reprod. and Art, 214-216.
      • Professional Journal

      • Meng, Q., Wu, X., Bunch, T.D, Li, G., White, K.L, Sessions, B.R, Davies, C., Rickords, L.F, (2011). Enucleation of demecolcine-treated bovine oocytes in cytochalasin-free medium. Cell Reprogramming, 13:5, 411-418.
      • Aston, K.I, Li, G.P, Hicks, B.A, Sessions, B.R, Davis, A.P, Rickords, L.F, Stevens, J.R, White, K.L, (2010). Abnormal Levels of transcript abundance of developmentally important genes in various stages of preimplantation bovine somatic cell nuclear transfer embryos. Cell Reprogram, 12, 23-32.
      • Aston, K.I, Li, G.P, Hicks, B.A, Sessions, B.R, Davis, A.P, Winger, Q.A, Rickords, L.F, Stevens, J.R, White, K.L, (2010). Global gene expression analysis of bovine somatic cell nuclear transfer blastocyst and cotyledons. Mol Reprod Dev, 76, 471-482.
      • Public or Trade Journal

      • Barton, L.R, Rood, K.A, Rickords, L.F, The benefits of using DNA-Technology on your operation. The Utah Cattleman, 1, 38-40.

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      Publications - Literary Journal

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        Publications - MultiMedia

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          Publications - Technical Reports

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            Publications - Translations & Transcripts

              Publications - Other

                Other

              • Rickords, L.F, (2003). Amelogenin and Amelogenin-Like Genes and Their Homology in Various Species. M.S. Thesis. Dept. of Animal, Dairy & Veterinary Sciences *
              • Rickords, L.F, (1999). Y-Chromosome specific polymorphism in the amelogenin-like gene of Cervus elaphus nelsoni and Odocoileus viginanus. Biol. Reprod. *

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              Scheduled Teaching

              ADVS 4260 - Internship in Animal Biotechnology Industry, Fall 2016

              ADVS 4560 - Principles of Animal Genetics and Breeding, Fall 2016

              HONR 4900 - Senior Thesis/Project, Fall 2016

              ADVS 6900 - Special Problems, Fall 2016

              ADVS 4800 - Undergraduate Research of Creative Opportunity, Fall 2016

              USU 1010 - University Connections, Fall 2016

              ADVS, VM 7519 - Veterinary Physiology I, Fall 2016

              ADVS 4800 - Undergraduate Research of Creative Opportunity, Summer 2016

              ADVS, BIOL 5280, 6280 - Animal Molecular Biology, Spring 2016

              ADVS 4260 - Internship in Animal Biotechnology Industry, Spring 2016

              ADVS 6900 - Special Problems, Spring 2016

              ADVS 4800 - Undergraduate Research of Creative Opportunity, Spring 2016

              ADVS 4260 - Internship in Animal Biotechnology Industry, Fall 2015

              ADVS 4560 - Principles of Animal Genetics and Breeding, Fall 2015

              ADVS 4800 - Undergraduate Research of Creative Opportunity, Fall 2015

              USU 1010 - University Connections, Fall 2015

              VM 7519 - Veterinary Physiology I, Fall 2015

              ADVS,BIOL 5280,6280 - Animal Molecular Biology, Spring 2015

              ADVS 7990 - Continuing Graduate Advisement, Spring 2015

              ADVS 6900 - Special Problems, Spring 2015

              ADVS 4800 - Undergraduate Research of Creative Opportunity, Spring 2015

              ADVS 4260 - Internship in Animal Biotechnology Industry, Fall 2014

              ADVS 4560 - Principles of Animal Genetics and Breeding, Fall 2014

              USU 1010 - University Connections, Fall 2014

              VM 7519 - Veterinary Physiology I, Fall 2014

              ADVS 6900 - Special Problems, Summer 2014

              ADVS,BIOL 5280,6280 - Animal Molecular Biology, Spring 2014

              ADVS 4800 - Undergraduate Research of Creative Opportunity, Spring 2014

              ADVS 4260 - Internship in Animal Biotechnology Industry, Fall 2013

              ADVS 4560 - Principles of Animal Genetics and Breeding, Fall 2013

              ADVS 4800 - Undergraduate Research of Creative Opportunity, Fall 2013

              USU 1010 - University Connections, Fall 2013

              VM 7519 - Veterinary Physiology I, Fall 2013

              ADVS 4260 - Internship in Animal Biotechnology Industry, Spring 2013

              ADVS 4260 - Internship in Animal Biotechnology Industry, Fall 2012

              ADVS 4560 - Principles of Animal Genetics and Breeding, Fall 2012

              VM 7519 - Veterinary Physiology I, Fall 2012

              VM 7519 - Veterinary Physiology I, Fall 2012

              ADVS 6280 - Animal Molecular Biology, Spring 2012

              BIOL 5280,6280 - Animal Molecular Biology, Spring 2012

              ADVS,BIOL 5260 - Methods in Biotechnology: Molecular Cloning, Fall 2011

              ADVS 4560 - Principles of Animal Genetics and Breeding, Fall 2011

              ADVS 6210 - MOLECULAR REPROD/DEV, Spring 2011

              ADVS 4260 - Internship in Animal Biotechnology , Fall 2010

              ADVS 5260 - Methods in Biotechnology: Molecular Cloning, Fall 2010

              BIOL 5260 - Methods in Biotechnology: Molecular Cloning, Fall 2010

              ADVS, BIOL 5260 - Methods in Biotechnology: Molecular Cloning, Fall 2010

              NFS 5260 - Methods in Biotechnology: Molecular Cloning, Fall 2010

              PSC 5260 - Methods in Biotechnology: Molecular Cloning, Fall 2010

              ADVS 1910 - Orientation to Animal and Dairy Science, Fall 2010

              ADVS 4560 - Principles of Animal Genetics and Breeding, Fall 2010

              ADVS 4560 - Principles of Animal Genetics and Breeding, Fall 2010

              ADVS 5280/6280 - Animal Molecular Biology, Spring 2010

              ADVS 4260 - Internship in Animal Biotechnology , Spring 2010

              ADVS 5260 - Methods in Biotechnology: Molecular Cloning, Fall 2009

              ADVS 1910 - Orientation to Animal and Dairy Science, Fall 2009

              ADVS 4560 - Principals of Animal Breeding, Fall 2009

              ADVS 5280/6280 - Animal Molecular Biology, Spring 2009

              ADVS 4560 - Principals of Animal Breeding, Fall 2008

              ADVS 5280/6280 - Animal Molecular Biology, Spring 2007

              ADVS 6210/7210 - Molecular Reproduction and Development, Spring 2007

              ADVS 3910 - special topics - US-AID grant submission, Fall 2006

              ADVS 5280/6280 - Animal Molecular Biology, Spring 2006

              ADVS 3910 - Special Topics: Animal Molecular Genetics, Spring 2005


              Graduate Students Mentored

              Evan Petersen, Animal, Dairy and Veterinary Sciences, May 2015
              Mahdi Nazokkarmaher, Animal, Dairy and Veterinary Sciences, January 2013 - August 2016
              Kimberly Blanchard, Animal, Dairy and Veterinary Sciences, August 2007 - May 2013
              Davin Larsen, Animal, Dairy and Veterinary Sciences, August 2006 - May 2013
              Benson Morrill, Animal, Dairy and Veterinary Sciences, August 2006 - August 2011
              Ryan Black, Animal, Dairy and Veterinary Sciences, August 2007 - May 2009