Environmental impact on early embryonic developement
After completing his Veterinary Medicine studies at the Ludwig Maximillians University Munich from 1983 to 1988, Urban Besenfelder also attained his doctoral degree from the same university in 1991. After five years of fieldwork, Besenfelder was certified as a veterinary medical specialist for breeding and completed a second Doctoral degree while working as an Associate Professor in Animal Breeding and Genetics one year later in 1997 at the University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna. He is currently an Associate Professor at the Reproduction Centre Wieselburg at the University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna as well as at the Department for Agrobiotechnology at the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences in Vienna. Throughout his career, his research interests were focused on animal reproduction and biotechnology. For the latter, he received an award from the H. Wilhelm Schaumann Stiftung zu Hamburg in the field of “Biotechnology in Farm Animals” in 1999. From a comparative study of early embryo development to oocyte maturation in vitro vs. in vivo, Dr Urban Besenfelder’s research interests cover numerous topics in his scientific field. They predominantly centre on the topics of embryo transfers and the early stages of gestation. Dr Besenfelder serves as the member of several professional societies and advisory boards, like the European Embryo Transfer Society, the European College of Animal Reproduction and the European College of Laboratory Animal Medicine among others.
At the ISRP 2019, as an expert on Animal Reproduction, he will present a keynote during the session “Reproduction, lactation and growth” in which the environmental impact on early embryonic development will be featured.