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Ned Place, Ph.D., M.D.

Faculty member

Department of Population Medicine and Diagnostic Sciences

Associate Professor

Director, Diagnostic Endocrinology Laboratory


Department of Population Medicine and Diagnostic Sciences
Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine
Ithaca, NY 14853

Office: 607.253.3796
Lab: 607.253.3673
Fax: 607.253.4213

Research Interest

My principal area of interest is mammalian physiology and behavior, with a focus on the life history trade-offs associated with the timing of hormone secretion, reproductive effort, and aging. We perform integrative studies at the molecular, cellular, and organismal levels to elucidate the mechanisms that underlie reproductive aging. I pursue basic research that is integrative and comparative, while also being biomedically and ecologically relevant.
My lab generally follows Krogh’s Principle: “For a large number of problems, there will be some animal of choice, or a few such animals, in which it can most conveniently be studied.” (1929).


  • B.S. - 1982 State University of New York, Albany - Biology
  • M.D. - 1987 University of Rochester - Medicine
  • Ph.D.. - 2000 University of Washington - Zoology

Biography/Professional Experience

  • 1987 - 1991 Resident, Obstetrics/Gynecology, University of Connecticut Health Sciences Center
  • 1991 - 1995 Obstetrician/Gynecologist, Ob-Gyn Associates, Waynesboro, VA
  • 1997- 2000 Clinical Instructor, Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Washington
  • 2000 - 2004 Postdoctoral Fellow, University of California, Berkeley
  • 2004 - 2011 Assistant Professor, Cornell University, Department of Population Medicine & Diagnostic Sciences
  • 2004 - present Director, Endocrinology Section, Animal Health Diagnostic Center
  • 2011 - present Associate Professor, Cornell University, Department of Population Medicine & Diagnostic Sciences


  • Nagashima J*, Hansen B, Songsasen N, Travis AJ and Place NJ (2016). Anti-Müllerian hormone in the domestic dog during the anestrus to estrus transition. Reprod Dom Anim In press.
  • Roosa KA* and Place NJ (2015). Mate preference for dominant vs. subordinate males in young female Syrian hamsters (Mesocricetus auratus) following chemically-accelerated ovarian follicle depletion. Physiol Behav 152:41-46.
  • Roosa KA*, Zysling DA*, and Place NJ (2015). An assessment of anti-Müllerian hormone in predicting mating outcomes in female hamsters that have undergone natural and chemically-accelerated reproductive aging. Gen Comp Endocrinol 214:56-61.
  • Lewin NS, Treidel LM, Holekamp KE, Place NJ, and Haussman MF (2015). Sociological variables predict telomere length in wild spotted hyenas (Crocuta crocuta). Biol Lett in press. (Featured in Science on SCIENCESHOT).
  • Randolph J, Lamb SV, Cheraskin JL, Schanbacher BS, Salerno VJ, Mack K, Scarlett JM, and Place NJ. (2015) Free thyroxine concentrations by equilibrium dialysis and chemiluminescent immunoassays in 13 hypothyroid dogs testing positively for thyroglobulin antibody. J Vet Intern Med 29:877-881.
  • Roosa KA*, Mukai M, and Place NJ (2015). 4-vinylcyclohexene diepoxide reduces fertility in female Siberian hamsters when treated during their reproductively active and quiescent states. Reprod Toxicol 51:40-46.
  • Place NJ, Vernon DM*, and Johnston RE (2014). Reduced mate preference for dominant over subordinate males in old female Syrian hamsters (Mesocricetus auratus). Behav Processes 108:166-172.
  • Park S-U, Bernstein AN*, Place NJ. (2014). Complementary histological and genomic analyses reveal marked differences in the developmental trajectories of ovaries in Siberian hamsters raised in long- and short-day lengths. Mol Reprod Dev 81:248-256.
  • Zysling DA*, Park S-U, McMillan EL*, and Place NJ. (2012). Photoperiod-gonadotropin mismatches induced by treatment with acyline or FSH in Siberian hamsters: impacts on ovarian structure and function. Reproduction 144:603-616.
  • Place NJ, Hansen BS, Cheraskin J-L, Cudney SE*, Flanders JA, Newmark AD, Barry B, and Scarlett JM. (2011). Measurement of serum anti-Müllerian hormone concentrations in female dogs and cats before and after ovarihysterectomy. J Vet Diag Invest 23:524-527.

Awards and Honors

  • Medical Student Oncology Fellowship, Hammersmith Hospital, London, UK 1985
  • Excellence in Endoscopy Award, American Association of Gynecologic Laparoscopists 1991
  • Fellow, American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists 1993 - 2003
  • Richard C. Snyder Award in Zoology, University of Washington 1997
  • National Research Service Award, Individual NRSA Postdoctoral Fellowship 2001 - 2004
  • Best Trainee Poster Award, Society for Behavioral Neuroendocrinology 2003
  • National Institute on Aging, Summer Training Course in Experimental Aging Research, Selected Participant and Travel Award 2005
  • American Federation for Aging Research, Travel Award to AFAR Conference Seeking Biomarkers of Aging and Diseases of Aging 2007

Professional/Academic Affiliations

  • American Association for the Advancement of Science
  • International Society of Wildlife Endocrinology
  • Society for Behavioral Neuroendocrinology
  • Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology
  • Society for the Study of Reproduction

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