Research on Capitol Hill

Presenter and Co-Presenter(s)

Kyleigh Tyler, Utah State UniversityFollow


College of Agriculture and Applied Sciences


Animal, Dairy, and Veterinary Sciences Department

Faculty Mentor

Jeffrey Mason


Reproductive senescence is correlated with many deleterious heath conditions. In human females, the decline of health associated with reproductive function is termed “menopause.“ One of the declining health factors is metabolism.

In order to understand how ovaries contribute to metabolic health, we further studied the structure of ovaries. Within ovaries, there are two main types of cells:

  • Germ Cells (oocyte): Play a central role in reproduction (egg)
  • Somatic Cells: Supporting cells for germ cells

This study aimed to understand the relationship between germ cells and somatic cells and how this relationship influenced metabolism.

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