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Stuart Meyers- BS, DVM, MS, PhD
Anatomy, Physiology & Cell Biology

3219 VM3B
Davis, CA 95616

+1 530 752 9511


Research Focus

Sperm cell biology, stallion infertility, evaluation of sperm function, cryobiology of macaque and horse sperm, Theriogenology

The central focus of our laboratory is the study of membrane and cytosolic events associated with sperm cell function and to develop methods by which sperm preservation and fertility can be advanced. The laboratory is examining the role of membrane lipid domains and their associated proteins relative to sperm capacitation, osmotic and oxidative stress, and cryopreservation. Studies are aimed at optimization of male genome preservation and understanding of mechanisms of male subfertility. Animal models used are the rhesus and cynomolgus macaque and the horse.

Specialty Focus



1977 BS , Michigan State University, East Lansing,
1979 MS , Oregon State University, Corvallis,
1985 DVM , Michigan State University, East Lansing,
1995 PhD , University of California, Davis,

Honors and Awards

2006 Norton Distinguished Teaching Award Nominee
2006 Chancellor's Fellow Nominee
2002 Favorite Teacher Award, Class of 2005
1997 Phi Zeta Veterinary Honor Society


Diplomate American College of Theriogenologists
California State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners

Active Research Grants

Principal Investigator, Control of suprazero ROS production during the early phases of sperm freezing, a novel method of improving cryosurvival of stallion sperm, (Principal Investigator), Center for Equine Health (CEH)

Principal Investigator, Mitochondrial DNA of sperm as an indicator of sperm function, stallion agina, and cryopreservation success, (Principal Investigator), American Quarter Horse Association

Principal Investigator, Matching funds for AKC ACORN # 02124-A, (Principal Investigator), Center for Companion Animal Health (CCAH)

Principal Investigator, Advanced measures of spermatozoal parameters to predict fertility of dogs in a purepred service dog breeding facility, (Principal Investigator), American Kennel Club - ACORN

Principal Investigator, Investigator Initiated Trial - Request for Repronex or Menapur to be used in superovulation of rhesus monkeys, (Principal Investigator), Ferring, Inc awarded/supplied 43 vials recombinant human gonadotropins

Most Recent 10 Publications

  • Link Icon 2014 Rodriguez-Sosa JR, Bondareva A, Tang L, Avelar GF, Coyle KM, Modelski M, Alpaugh W, Conley A, Wynne-Edwards K, França LR, Meyers S, Dobrinski I Phthalate esters affect maturation and function of primate testis tissue ectopically grafted in mice Mol Cell Endocrinol,
  • Link Icon 2014 Burruel V, Klooster K, Barker CM, Pera RR, Meyers S Abnormal early cleavage events predict early embryo demise: sperm oxidative stress and early abnormal cleavage Scientific reports,
  • Link Icon 2014 Martorana K, Klooster K, Meyers S Suprazero cooling rate, rather than freezing rate, determines post thaw quality of rhesus macaque sperm. Theriogenology,
  • Link Icon 2013 Burruel V, Klooster KL, Chitwood J, Ross PJ, Meyers SA Oxidative damage to rhesus macaque spermatozoa results in mitotic arrest and transcript abundance changes in early embryos Biol Reprod,
  • Link Icon 2012 Hagedorn M, McCarthy M, Carter VL, Meyers SA Oxidative stress in zebrafish (Danio rerio) sperm PloS one,
  • Link Icon 2012 Sumigama S, Meyers S Cooling Rate Affects Rhesus Monkey Sperm Survival Journal of Medical Primatology,
  • Link Icon 2012 Hagedorn M, Carter V, Martorana K, Paresa MK, Acker J, Baums IB, Borneman E, Brittsan M, Byers M, Henley M, Laterveer M, Leong JA, McCarthy M, Meyers S, Nelson B, Petersen D, Tiersch T, Uribe RC, Woods E, Wildt D Preserving and using germplasm and dissociated embryonic cells for conserving Caribbean and Pacific coral PloS one,
  • Link Icon 2012 Meyers SA, Smith RR, Marsh PS, Habecker PL, Meirs DA, Kennedy AR Carcinomatosis of presumed prostate gland origin in an aged Standardbred stallion Clin Therio,
  • Link Icon 2011 Cole JA, Meyers SA Osmotic stress stimulates phosphorylation and cellular expression of heat shock proteins in rhesus macaque sperm J Androl,
  • Link Icon 2011 Hagedorn M, McCarthy M, Carter VL, Meyers SA Oxidative stress in zebrafish (Danio rerio) sperm PlosOne,

Most Recent 5 Book Chapters

2012 Meyers SA: Cryostorage and Oxidative Stress in Mammalian Spermatozoa, Agarwal A, Aitken J, Alvarez J, (ed), Studies on Men’s Health and Fertility, Oxidative Stress in Applied Basic Research and Clinical Practice. Chapter 3.

2011 Meyers SA: Spermatozoal Viability, McKinnon A, Squires E, Vaala W, Varner D, (ed), Equine Reproduction, Second Edition. Chapter 155.

2011 Meyers SA: Acrosomal Function, McKinnon A, Squires E, Vaala W, Varner D, (ed), Equine Reproduction, Second Edition. Chapter 152.

2010 Meyers SA: Spermatozoal viability, McKinnon A, Squires E, Vaala W, Varner D, (ed), Equine Reproduction. Chapter 155.

2010 Meyers SA: Acrosomal function, McKinnon A, Squires E, Vaala W, Varner D, (ed), Equine Reproduction. Chapter 152.