A West Virginia University researcher has achieved a major milestone in the early stages of his academic career.

Matt Wilson, an assistant professor of animal and veterinary sciences in WVU s Davis College of Agriculture, Forestry and Consumer Sciences, has received the Young Scientist Research Award for the Northeast Region of the American Society of Animal Science and American Dairy Science Association.

Wilsons research has been related to placental efficiency and factors impacting the uterine environment as it relates to litter size, fetal development, and growth in swine and sheep.

He has recently conducted studies in endocrine factors during fetal development and their impact on post-natal growth performance in lambs.

Since joining the WVU faculty in 2002, he has acquired over $150,000 in research funding and published 12 refereed manuscripts. He has co-authored an additional 30 refereed journal articles, a book chapter, conference proceedings, ten technical publications and 48 abstracts.

Matt is a most productive young research scientist,said Paul Lewis, director of the Division of Animal and Veterinary Sciences in the Davis College.His work has and will continue to contribute significantly to our discovery of knowledge to enhance the reproductive and production efficiency of the food animal species.

Donald C. Lay, Jr., research leader of the U.S. Department of Agricultures Livestock Behavior Research Unit at Purdue University, agreed.

Dr. Matt Wilson is one of the best new research scientists in the country,he said.I know this is a bold statement, but I truly believe it. I know and have worked with many physiologists, and I can honestly say that Matt attains his high level of accomplishment due to his intelligence, work ethic and personality.

WVU colleagues noted that Wilsons research agenda makes a considerable impact on his activities in the classroom.

Dr. Wilson works hard to transfer his excitement about research to undergraduates,said Ken Blemings, associate professor of nutritional biochemistry in the Davis College.His teaching reviews are excellent and he is frequently called upon to share his expertise as a guest lecturer in several different classes.

Wilson came to WVU in 2000 as a post-doctoral research fellow. He has been an assistant professor since 2002. He earned his bachelors degree in animal science from Purdue University, and his masters and doctorate degrees in the physiology of reproduction from Iowa State University.