The contribution of oocytes and follicular fluid to pig fertility
Selene Jarrett - The Roslin Institute, University of Edinburgh
Duration - 2014-2018
Selene is a graduate of the University of Warwick where she obtained a BSc in Chemistry with Medicinal Chemistry. After completing an MSc in Biomedical Sciences at the University of Edinburgh, she decided to stay in Scotland to do a PhD. Selene's research interests include the molecular biology and biochemistry of mammalian reproduction and it is this interest that influenced her to carry out this PhD project.
Outside of academic research, she likes to spend time outdoors, particularly hill walking, hiking and cycling and watching independent films and documentaries. She also enjoys travelling and always relishes the opportunity to explore a new place.
Project Aims and Objectives
The overall objectives of the PhD are to;
- Identify differences in the molecular composition of follicular fluid as a result of a high fibre diet.
- Identify nutrition dependent molecular mechanisms involved in blastocyst development.
- Optimise oocyte maturation environment in vitro and in vivo.
Potential Benefits to Industry
The average litter sizes of UK herds lag behind several other EU countries, indicating that the efficiency of the British pig production industry can be improved. The results of this study could provide novel approaches to assess the characteristics of a healthy and fertile pig ovary and lead to the development of management strategies to enhance pig fertility and enhance litter sizes in UK herds.
This would involve a review on nutritional regimes with the view of increasing fertility and the success of early embryo development coupled with an on-farm nutritional study.