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Jim Petitte

Professor — Avian Reproductive Physiology and Biotechnology

Faculty/EHRA

Scott Hall 362

919.515.5389

Area(s) of Expertise

The major emphasis of the current research program is on the development of a novel method of gene transfer for the chicken and the application of avian biotechnology to biomedicine and agriculture. Recent work on the production of germline chimeras suggests that the use of cells from the early blastoderm as well as isolated primordial germ cells could be used to insert DNA into the avian germline. The culture of avian embryonic stem cells and primordial germ cells is now under investigation using several approaches. In addition, investigations on the origin of primordial germ cells in the developing embryo offer additional clues to the development of transgenic poultry.

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Education

A.B., Susquehanna University, Selinsgrove, PA (1979)
M.S., University of Maine, Orono, ME (1981)
Ph.D., University of Guelph, Guelph, Ontario (1986)