The American Society of Animal Science (ASAS) presented the prestigious Rockefeller Prentice Memorial Award in Animal Breeding and Genetics to Extension specialist Dr Alison Van Eenennaam on July 11th, 2019 at the ASAS Annual Meeting in Austin Texas. Dr Van Eenennaam is the first woman recipient of this award since its inception in 1962.
The annual award recognizes individuals who have contributed and published outstanding research in the field of animal breeding and genetics. Previous recipients include world renowned animal geneticists, including Dr Eric Bradford from UC Davis.
Van Eenennaam, a strong advocate of innovative breeding technologies, conducts lab and field research on topics ranging from genome editing to validation of DNA tests. She might be best known for her gene-editing research that produced hornless dairy cows.