Association for Applied Animal Andrology

About Our Association

The Association for Applied Animal Andrology (4A) is an international organisation that seeks to further the understanding of male reproduction in those animals which are of interest to mankind. It brings together representatives of science, industry and education to focus on a wide spectrum of endeavour, from maximising genetic progress in livestock to preserving rare and endangered species. It also fulfills a unique role by facilitating direct dialogue between cutting-edge science, education, and the animal breeding industries within an international context.


We are particularly interested in species with economic, cultural, societal and environmental significance such as domestic and production animals, mammalsbirds and fish with wide ranging interests in andrological research including:
  • Male animal anatomy, physiology and endocrinology
  • Applied andrological cellular and molecular biology
  • Andrological assessment, including semen.
  • Male animal reproductive behaviour and reproductive management
  • Semen assessment, preservation and insemination
  • Semen transport, including methods and regulations
  • Good laboratory practices (GLPs) in Animal Andrology
  • Applicable biosecurity, including regulatory aspects
  • Male reproductive genetics
  • Male-factor infertility; causes, diagnosis and consequences

If any of these points feel relevant to your research we encourage you to join our association and consider submitting an abstract for our upcoming meeting in 2022 (either virtually or in Bologna, Italy).

Honoree List

In recognition of their outstanding contributions to Applied Animal Andrologyplease click here to download details of the individuals who have been awarded lifetime honorary membership in the AAAA.

Meet our 2021 Executive Team

President - Professor Peter Chenoweth

Peter completed his Veterinary and PhD degrees at the University of Queensland (Australia), and has taught in Veterinary Schools in both Australia and the US, in addition to establishing animal andrology laboratories in both countries. He was one of the founders of 4A, in Hungary in 1997. He has numerous publications in animal reproduction as well as veterinary education and animal welfare. With Steve Lorton, he published “Animal Andrology: Theories and Practices” (CABI 2014). He was recognized as the Theriogenologist of the Year in 2013, MD, ChenoVet Animal Andrology and received the Gilruth Prize from the Australian Veterinary Association in 2017 for “outstanding contributions to veterinary sciences”.

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Vice President - Associate Professor Diego Bucci

Assoc Prof Bucci’s research focuses on the study of male and female gamete function in domestic species, their interaction and conservation. This includes sperm freezing techniques and their enhancement using pre- and post-freezing antioxidants, sperm metabolism and energetic fueling in different domestic species as well as research on sperm motility using and developing open source and commercial CASA. Assoc Prof Bucci is also involved in educational activities in the field of domestic animals’ veterinary physiology, reproductive technologies and the physiology of wild animals and cetaceans. Alongside this, Assoc Prof Bucci is a delegate for international relations of the Department of Veterinary Medical Sciences of the University of Bologna and author of 54 publications “in extenso” in peer-reviewed international journals.

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ResearchGate: Diego Bucci

Secretary/Treasurer - Professor John Kastelic

Professor Kastelic spent two years in private veterinary practice followed by graduate studies, 22 years at the Lethbridge Research Centre and then finally moved to the University of Calgary in 2012. Professor Kastelic’s research focuses on andrology, including scrotal/testicular thermoregulation and effects of nutrition on puberty and reproductive development.

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Secretary/Treasurer - Doctor Zamira Gibb

With a central focus on stallion reproduction, Zamira leads the livestock research group within the University of Newcastle’s Priority Research Centre in Reproductive Science. Zamira’s research encompasses a stream of strategically important developments that will provide solutions to the challenges faced by all factions of Australia’s sustainable and culturally significant livestock breeding industries. Outside of academia, Zamira enjoys cooking, fine wine and riding her dressage horse.

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Twitter: @ZamiraGibb

Past-President - Doctor Steven Lorton

Dr Lorton has a primary interest in sperm quality evaluation and cryopreservation. In his extensive career, Dr Lorton completed a post-doctorate with RH Foote in the Department of Animal Science at Cornell University, had the role of Reproductive Physiologist at Reproduction Resources, was Manager of R&D at the American Breeders Service (now ABS Global) and finally, was Vice-President and consultant for Minitube USA as well as Minitube International.

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Ex Officio - Glenn Coulter

Director - Doctor Naomi Bernecic

To date, Naomi’s research has primarily focused on deepening our understanding of how spermatozoa gain the capacity to fertilise, specifically during capacitation. In line with this, she is also interested in exploring the various factors contributing to issues with male fertility across a range of species. When not in the laboratory, she enjoys curling up with a good book, a cup of tea and her cat.

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Twitter: @n_bernecic

Director - Doctor Isabel Barranco

Currently, I´m a Postdoctoral Research Fellow (Juan de la Cierva) at the Department of Biology, University of Girona in Spain. In the few last years, my research has focused on porcine seminal plasma biology with the aim of uncovering in vivo fertility biomarkers of boars included in artificial insemination programs.

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ResearchGate: Isabel Barranco

Twitter: @Isa_Barranco

Director - Associate Professor Ivan Cunha Bustamante-Fiho

Ivan Cunha Bustamante-Filho currently works at the Center of Biological and Biomedical Sciences at University of Vale do Taquari, Lajeado, Brazil. His research interests include biotechnologies applied to animal reproduction with focus on molecular markers in andrology and gynecology as well reproductive toxicology. He is Associate Editor of Animal Reproduction (JCR 0.916), Andrologia (JCR 1.951) and Review Editor of Frontiers in Veterinary Sciences (JCR 2.295).  

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ResearchGateIvan Bustamante-Filho

Twitter: @Ivanov_br

Director - Doctor Bo Harstine

As the Director of Research at Select Sires, Dr Bo Harstine oversees research design, project management, and science communication related to assisted reproductive technologies (ART), fertility, endocrinology, biotechnology applications, and sperm cell biology in cattle. Select Sires is the largest global cattle genetics cooperative, and the organization sells semen from genetically elite bulls to over 90 countries. In addition to his roles at Select Sires, Dr Harstine serves as an Adjunct Assistant Professor within The Ohio State University’s Department of Animal Science.

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Twitter: @BoHarstine 

Director - Professor Erdoğan Memili

Erdoğan’s research focuses on functional genomics and epigenomics of fertility and other important traits as well as sperm cryopreservation. In addition to this work, Erdoğan is interested in adult stem cells and regenerative medicine using system biology approaches within the systems physiology concept.

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ResearchGate: Erdoğan Memili

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