Andrea Cupp

Andrea Cupp

Reproductive Physiologist, Beef Physiologist
Irvin T. and Wanda R. Omtvedt Professor of Animal Science


  • 1994, Ph.D., University of Nebraska (Repro Endo/Animal Science)
  • 1991, M.S., University of Nebraska (Repro Endo/Animal Science)
  • 1988, B.S., Virginia Tech, Animal Science


  • Professor, University of Nebraska (Repro/Beef Physiology), Jan 2011-present
  • Associate Professor, University of Nebraska (Repro Physiology), July 2006-2011
  • Assistant Professor, University of Nebraska (Repro Physiology), 2000-2006
  • Adjunct Professor, Washington State University (Mol. & Cell Repro Biol), 1999-2000
  • Dir. Trans Mouse Core, Washington State University (Repro Biol Center), Jan - Aug, 2000
  • Research Assistant Professor, Washington State University (Mol. & Cell Repro Biol), 1998-1999
  • USDA Post-doc Fellow, Washington State University (Mol. & Cell Repro Biol), 1996-1997
  • USDA Post-doc Fellow, University Cal-San Francisco(Mol. & Cell Repro Biol), 1994-1996


  • 2006 Society for the Study of Reproduction; Young Investigator Award
  • 2006 Outstanding Young Researcher Award; Midwest Section of ASAS/ADSA
  • 2005 Named to Editorial Board, RURALS- Review of Undergraduate Research in Agricultural and Life Sciences
  • 2005 Named Associate Editor, Renewable Agriculture and Food Systems
  • 2004 University of Nebraska - Lincoln Agriculture Research Division Junior Faculty Excellence in Research Award
  • 2003 Named to Editorial Board, Journal of Animal Science
  • 1995 USDA Postdoctoral Fellowship Grant
  • 1993, 1990 Arthaud Memorial Travel Fellowship, Univ of Nebraska
  • 1992 Milton E. Moore Biotechnology Fellowship, Univ of Nebraska
  • 1992 Women's Research Institute Reproductive Colliculum Travel Grant
  • 1992 Society for the Study of Reproduction Trainee Travel Fellowship
  • 1991 Sigma Xi Travel Fellowship, Univ of Nebraska
  • 1990 Center for Biotechnology Associateship, University of Nebraska
  • 1987 Rocco Student Leader Scholarship, Virginia Tech


  • Federal Grant Panel Reviewer (2004, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013)
  • University of Arizona, Animal Science Departmental Review Team, Chair (2012)
  • Grant (Ad-hoc) and Journal Reviewer/Editor (1995-present)
  • Society for the Study of Reproduction
  • University of Nebraska - Lincoln Research Advisory Board (2007-2009)
  • Nebraska Physiological Society, past president (2001-2006)
  • University of Nebraska - Lincoln Animal Science Department Internal Advisory Committee Physiology representative (2004-2007)
  • University of Nebraska - Lincoln Animal Science Department Animal Care and Use Committee, member (2004-present)
  • University of Nebraska - Lincoln Animal Science Department Scholarship Committee (2002-2006)


  • Society for the Study of Reproduction
  • American Society of Animal Science
  • American Society of Andrology
  • American Association for the Advancement of Science
  • Nebraska Physiological Society
  • Sigma Xi
  • Gamma Sigma Delta, University of Nebraska (1990-1994... 2004-present)
  • Center for Reproductive Biology, Washington State University (1998-2000)


  • Effects of vascular development on gonadal morphogenesis
  • Effects of vascular development on follicle progression and ovulation
  • (Collaborative efforts)-Effects of nutrition on reproductive function in cattle
  • (Collaborative efforts)- Effects of hormones and environment on oocyte quality


  • ASCI 442/842:Endocrinology
    Semester: Fall
    Summary: This course will review hormonal regulation and function of endocrine systems at both a molecular and whole-animal level. The lectures in class(after a general introduction) will concentrate on each organ, the hormones that it produces, and how its function may be integrated at the systemic and cellular level. The specific biological systems we will be addressing are hormones that regulate growth, stress, metabolism, reproduction, and diseases associated with these processes. The discussion and lectures in class will utilize several different endocrine systems in animal species and relate them to humans as applicable.
  • ASCI 845/645
    Summary: Primarily mammalian physiology with discussion of cellular mechanisms designed for students in animal and biological sciences or veterinary medicine. Topics include microscopic anatomy and physiology of cells, tissues, cardiovascular system, respiratory system, and urinary system.


  • Bott, RC, DT Clopton, AS Cupp. A Proposed Role for VEGF Isoforms in Sex-Specific Vasculature Development in the Gonad. (2008) In Press; Reproduction in Domestic Animals.
  • Harris HL, Cupp AS, Roberts AJ, Funston RN. Utilization of soybeans or corn milling byproducts in beef heifer development diets. J Anim Sci. 2007 Oct 16: (Epub ahead of print).
  • Martin JL, Cupp AS, Rasby RJ, Hall ZC, Funston RN. Utilization of dried distillers grains for developing beef heifers. J. Anim Sci. 2007: Sep 85(9): 2298-303. Epub 2007 May 25.
  • Bott RC, McFee, R M, DT Clopton, CF Toombs and AS Cupp. Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor (VEGFA) and Kinase Domain Region Receptor Are Involved in Both Seminiferous Cord Formation and Vascular development During Testis Morphogenesis in the Rat. Biol Reprod. 2006 Aug; 75:56-67.
  • Anaway MD, AS Cupp, M Uzumcu, MK Skinner. Epigenetic Transgenerational Actions of Endocrine Disruptors on Male Fertility. Science 2005, June 3: 308: 1466-1469.
  • Cupp AS , M Uzumcu, H Suzuki, K Dirks, B Phillips, MK Skinner. Effect of Transient embryonic in vivo exposure to the endocrine disruptor methoxychlor on embryonic and postnatal development. J Androl 2003; 24:736-745.
  • Kojima FN, Bergfeld EG, Wehrman ME, Cupp AS, Fike KE, Mariscal-Aguayo DV, Sanchez-Torres T, Garcia-Winder M, Clopton DT, Roberts AJ, Kinder JE. Frequency of luteinizing hormone pulses in cattle influences duration of persistence of dominant ovarian follicles, follicular fluid concentrations of steroids, and activity of insulin-like growth factor binding proteins. Animal Reproduction Science. 77(3-4): 187-211, Jul 2003.
  • Cupp AS , Uzumcu M, MK Skinner. Chemotactic role of Neurotrophin 3 in the embryonic testis that facilitates male sex determination. Biol. Reprod. 2003 Jun;68(6):2033-7.
  • Cupp AS , L Tessarollo, and MK Skinner. Testis development phenotypes in neurotrophin receptor trkA and trkC null mutations: Role in seminiferous cord formation and germ cell survival. Biol. Reprod. 2002;66:1838-1845.
  • Cupp AS G Kim, and MK Skinner. Expression and action of Transforming Growth Factor-alpha on embryonic testis growth and development. J. Andrology 2001; 22:1019-1029.
  • Cupp AS and Skinner MK. Actions of the endocrine disruptor methoxychlor and its estrogenic metabolite on embryonic seminiferous cord formation and perinatal testis growth. Repro Toxicol 2001; 15:317-326.

Website: Dr. Andrea Cupps Lab

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Areas of Expertise
Beef Cattle