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Travis honored as the 2006 recipient of the Pfizer Animal Health Award for Research Excellence

FOR RELEASE: February 28, 2007

Dr. Travis ITHACA, N.Y. Alexander J. Travis, VMD, PhD, at Cornell University's College of Veterinary Medicine, received the 2006 "Pfizer Animal Health Award for Research Excellence." The award recognizes outstanding research effort, productivity, and the advancement of knowledge in areas relevant to veterinary medicine for a faculty member at an early stage of his or her career.

Dr. Travis joined the faculty at the Baker Institute for Animal Health in 2003 as an Assistant Professor of Reproductive Biology. His primary focus is on membrane sub-domains in sperm and their role in sperm capacitation. During his first year at Cornell, he was awarded a five-year NIH grant to support this project. The study uses a combination of sophisticated biochemical, proteomic, and optical imaging techniques to address this important question in reproductive biology. This challenging research in membrane biology has implications that extend beyond the confines of germ cells. Dr. Travis has attracted several outstanding trainees to his group to work on this project, including combined degree DVM-PhD students, post-DVM graduate students and post-doctoral fellows.

His secondary interest is in wildlife conservation. In this area, he and his research team are pioneering the use of germ cell transplantation in the cat family for preservation of male gametes from endangered felids. In a more global effort, Dr. Travis is the Principal Investigator on a USAID-funded project designed to test and optimize a new approach to wildlife conservation in rural Zambia. This conservation model focuses on alleviating human hunger and poverty and was pioneered by scientists of the Wildlife Conservation Society. Dr. Travis's project draws together faculty from several departments and colleges at Cornell, and seeks to make conservation economically, socially, and environmentally sustainable.

He has demonstrated tremendous community spirit in his short time at Cornell, and shows great promise as an educator and mentor. Dr. Travis's work has been recognized through publications and by invitations to national and international venues. A seminar has been scheduled for March 22, 2007, at the College of Veterinary Medicine to honor Dr. Travis and to formally present him with the award.

Related World Wide Web sites:
Dr. Travis' Faculty Page