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Alex Pasternak

Animal Sciences 

  • Assistant Professor of Animal Sciences
765.496.1997
CRTN Room 2024
270 S Russell Street
Room 2024
West Lafayette, IN 47907

Area of Expertise: Reproductive Physiology, Molecular Biology and Immunology

Education: B.S., Animal Sciences, University of Alberta, Canada; Ph.D., Reproductive Physiology, University of Alberta, Canada

Post-doctoral training: Vaccine and Infectious Disease Organization (2012-2017); Western College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Saskatchewan (2017-2019)

Teaching: ANSC 33300 - Physiology of Reproduction

Research
Dr. Pasternak's work is largely focused on swine, as both a highly valued component in animal agriculture and a potential large animal model for issues related to human health. He used a combination of classical and high throughput molecular techniques to better understand the physiology of reproduction with a particularly in diseases that compromise pregnancy in livestock. The overarching goal is to understand the processes which lead to reproductive failure and develop tools to reduce their impact on animals and producers. 

Prospective graduate students who meet the departmental requirements are encouraged to contact Dr. Pasternak via email. 

A full and up-to-date list of publications can be found on Research Gate or Google Scholar

Selected Publications

Walker, K., Pasternak, J. A., Malgarin, C. M., Harding, J. C., & Lunney, J. K. (n.d.). Differentially Expressed Immune Genes Identified in the Placenta and Fetal Thymus in Fetuses of Pregnant Gilts Infected with PRRS virus. The Plant & Animal Genome Conference (PAG). Retrieved from https://www.intlpag.org/2020/

Pasternak, J. A., MacPhee, D. J., Plastow, G. S., & Harding, J. C. (n.d.). Effects of a genomic marker on developmental responses in PRRSV infected fetuses. Retrieved from https://www.banffpork.ca/proceedings

Pasternak, J. A., MacPhee, D. J., & Harding, J. C. (n.d.). PRRSV-infected fetuses show evidence of hypoxia and apoptosis. Retrieved from https://www.banffpork.ca/proceedings

Pasternak, J. A., MacPhee, D. J., & Harding, J. C. (2019). The Fetal immune response following PRRSV2 challenge of third-trimester gestating gilts. Kansas State University. Retrieved from https://www.vet.k-state.edu/na-prrs/docs/2019-proceedings.pdf

MacPhee, D. J., Lunney, J. K., Rowland, B. R., Dyck, M. K., Fortin, F., Dekkers, J. C., . . . Harding, J. C. (2019). Thyroid hormone disruption in feeder pigs following experimental and natural PRRSV2 and polymicrobial infections. Kansas State University. Retrieved from https://www.vet.k-state.edu/na-prrs/docs/2019-proceedings.pdf

MacPhee, D. J., & Harding, J. C. (2019). Maternal and fetal thyroid hormone disruption following late gestation PRRSV2 challenge. Kansas State University. Retrieved from https://www.vet.k-state.edu/na-prrs/docs/2019-proceedings.pdf

Patterson, J., Wellen, A., Hahn, M., Pasternak, A., Lowe, J., DeHaas, S., . . . Foxcroft, G. (2008). Responses to delayed estrus after weaning in sows using oral progestagen treatment. Journal of animal science, 86(8), 1996-2004. doi:10.2527/jas.2007-0440

Mair, K. H., Sedlak, C., Käser, T., Pasternak, A., Levast, B., Gerner, W., . . . Meurens, F. (2014). The porcine innate immune system: an update. Developmental and comparative immunology, 45(2), 321-43. doi:10.1016/j.dci.2014.03.022

Pasternak, A. J., Hamonic, G. M., Van Kessel, A., & Wilson, H. L. (2016). Postnatal regulation of MAMDC4 in the porcine intestinal epithelium is influenced by bacterial colonization. Physiological reports, 4(21). doi:10.14814/phy2.13018

Kent-Dennis, C., Pasternak, A., Plaizier, J. C., & Penner, G. B. (2019). Potential for a localized immune response by the ruminal epithelium in nonpregnant heifers following a short-term subacute ruminal acidosis challenge. Journal of dairy science, 102(8), 7556-7569. doi:10.3168/jds.2019-16294

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