Scott L. Pratt

Associate Professor
Graduate Program Coordinator

Office: 864-656-3135

Animal and Veterinary Sciences

Ph.D. University of Missouri, Animal Science - 1994
M.S. Clemson University, Animal Science - 1989
B.S. West Virginia University, Animal and Veterinary Sciences - 1985
A.A. Potomac State College, Pre Vet - 1983

Research interest:
The effect altered gene expression has on animal reproduction and assisted reproduction technologies including oocyte maturation, embryonic development, and recognition of pregnancy. The regulation of gene expression and the effect that specific gene regulation has on tissue differentiation and development including reproductive and somatic tissues.

Curry, E., Safranski, T.J., and Pratt, S.L. 2011. Differential Expression of Porcine Sperm MicroRNAs and Their Association with Sperm Morphology and Motility. Theriogenology 76(8):1532-9.

Calcatera, S, Korn, N, Ellis, S., and Pratt, S.L. 2011. Immunohistochemical Detection of Argonaute2 in Bovine and Porcine Tissues. JOH 34(2):74-8.

Joseph, S.J., Robbins, K.R., Pavan, E., Pratt, S.L., Duckett, S.K., and Rekaya, R. 2010. Effect of Diet Supplementation on the Expression of Bovine Genes Associated with Fatty Acid Synthesis and Metabolism. Bioinformatics and Biology Insights 2010:4 19–31.

Joseph, S., S. L. Pratt, E. Pavan, R. Rekaya, and S. K. Duckett. 2010. Omega-6 polyunsaturated fat supplementation alters lipogenic gene expression in bovine subcutaneous adipose tissue. Gene Regulation and Systems Biology 2010: 4 91-101. Pratt, S.L., Burns, T.A., Curry, E., and Duckett, S.K. 2010. Expression of microRNA During Bovine Adipogenesis. JNAI 1 (1): e12.

Curry, E., Ellis, S.E., Pratt, S.L. 2009. Detection of porcine sperm microRNAs using a heterologous microRNA microarray and reverse transcriptase polymerase chain reaction. Molecular Reproduction & Development 76(3): 218-9.

Duckett, S.K., Pratt, S.L., and Pavan, E. 2009. Corn oil or corn grain supplementation to steers grazing endophyte-free tall fescue. II. Effects on subcutaneous fatty acid content and lipogenic gene expression. J Anim Sci 87(3): 1120-8.

Curry, E., Pratt, S.L., Kelley, D.E., Lapin, D.R., Gibbons, J.R. 2008. Use of a combined duplex PCR/ dot blot assay for more sensitive genetic characterization. Biochemistry Insights 1:43-7.

Walker, S.C., Christenson, R.K., Ruiz, R.P., Reeves, D.E., Pratt, S.L., Arenivas, F., Williams, N.E., Bruner, B.L., and Polejaeva, I.A. 2007. Comparsion of meat composition from offspring of cloned and conventionally produced boars. Theriogenology 67:178-84

Pratt., S.L.. Sherrer, E.S., Reeves, D.E., Stice, S.L. 2006. Factors influencing the commercialisation of cloning in the pork industry. Reprod. Suppl. 62:303-15

Williams, N.E., Walker, S.C., Reeves, D.E., Sherrer, E., Galvin, J.M., Polejaeva, I., Rampacek, G., Benyshek, L., Christenson, R.K., Graves, W.M., and Pratt., S.L. 2006. A comparison of reproductive characteristics of boars generated by somatic cell nuclear transfer to highly related conventionally produced boars. Cloning and Stem Cells 8(3): 130-139

Professional society activity:
Society for the Study of Reproduction
Editorial Board for the Journal of Animal Science

AVS 820 Animal and Veterinary Sciences Graduate Seminar
AVS 455 Animal Reproductive Management