The Nathan Fechheimer Memorial Lecture Series in Animal Breeding and Production

The Nathan Fechheimer Memorial Lecture Series in Animal Breeding and Production occurs spring semester.  Dr. Fechheimer was a professor in the Department of Dairy Science and very active leader in college and university government. The Fechheimer family established an endowment for this lecture series with the intent to bring in speakers that offer innovative and thought provoking ideas to test traditional scientific interpretations.

The speaker gives lectures on the Columbus and Wooster campuses and interacts with faculty, staff, and students while visiting each campus.

Speaker nominations by faculty, staff, or students are due December 1 to a member of the Fechheimer Colloquium and OARDC Lectureship Committee.

2018 Fechheimer Speaker


Dr. Kiho Lee

Professor of Reproductive Physiology,
Virginia Tech, Department of Animal and Poultry Science


Wednesday, April 4 at 11am

Current Status of Gene-Editing in Swine
Seminar at (Columbus) 11:00am
in 212 Animal Science videolinked to
122 Gerlaugh Hall

Thursday, April 5 at 11am

Use of Immune Deficient Pigs for Biomedical Research
Seminar at (Wooster) 11:00am
in 122 Gerlaugh Hall videolinked to
212 Animal Science

Dr. Lee’s Lab currently focuses on early embryonic development in pigs. Understanding mechanisms underlying the dynamic changes that occur during embryonic development can lead us to develop more efficient ways to generate pig embryos thus increasing overall productivity. Pigs have great value in agriculture and also in biomedicine as pigs share a similar physiology to humans. Major topics in the laboratory are:

  • Identifying the mechanism of epigenetic reprogramming by oocytes after fertilization;
  • Developing an efficient approach to produce genetically engineered pig models for agriculture and biomedical research;
  • Developing new methods of generating in vitro-derived embryos with higher developmental competency.

Contact information: Dr. Ale Relling,, 330-263-3900

Seminars are offered at no cost to attend.