Tiffany Wilmoth

Assistant Professor
Director of the AVS Histology Core Facility
Animal and Veterinary Sciences Department

Office: 136 Poole Agricultural Center
Phone: 864-656-2139
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 Educational Background

Ph.D. Reproductive Physiology
West Virginia University 2012

M.S. Reproductive Physiology
West Virginia University 2009

B.S. Animal and Veterinary Sciences
West Virginia University 2007

 Courses Taught

AVS 4530/4531 Animal Reproduction
AVS 6530/6531 Animal Reproduction
AVS 3010/3011 Anatomy and Physiology of Domestic Animals
Sow Management - Creative Inquiry course

 Research Interests

I am interested in further understanding the role of the placenta in fetal development, particularly that of muscle development. My interests ultimately lie in how the placenta affects the postnatal performance of the animal, including pork quality. I am interested in further describing the variation in placental efficiency and how that relates to the potential for increased litter size and therefore production. Particularly, I am interested in how the nutrition of the dam during gestation affects placental efficiency, what nutrients are transported to the fetus during gestation, how placental efficiency affects growth potential and pork quality, as well as if nutrition can be altered to influence placental efficiency. I plan to design and implement studies in which the variation seen in placental efficiency can be further elucidated. I am also interested in the effects of placental efficiency on muscle performance. Measuring placental efficiency and collecting a muscle sample and tracking the growth and performance of that animal, measuring the nutrient transporter density and blood metabolites may provide insight into how the placenta can affect muscle, and therefore animal performance, as well as allowing for investigation of nutritional avenues to improve these characteristics.


C.O. Lemley, A.M. Meyer, T.L. Neville, D.M. Hallford, K.R. Maddock-Carlin, T.A. Wilmoth, M.E. Wilson, G.A. Perry, D.A. Redmer, L.P. Reynolds, J.S. Caton, and K.A. Vonnahme. 2013. Dietary selenium and nutritional plane alters maternal endocrine profiles during pregnancy and lactation. In print Domestic Animal Endocrinology.

Wilmoth, T.A., J.M. Koch, D.L. Smith, M.E. Wilson. 2010. Estradiol-17β alters trophectoderm proliferation in pigs embryos. Journal of Animal and Veterinary Advances 9(4):782-786.

J.M. Koch, T.A. Wilmoth, M.E. Wilson. 2010. Periconceptional growth hormone treatment alters fetal growth and development in lambs. Journal of Animal Science 88:1619-1625.

C.O. Lemley, T.A. Wilmoth, L.K. Tager, K.M. Krause, M.E. Wilson. 2010. Effect of high cornstarch diet on hepatic cytochrome P450 2C and 3A activity and progesterone half-life in dairy cows. Journal of Dairy Science 93(3):1012-1021.