Russ Hovey

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Animal Science

Offices and Labs

2145 Meyer Hall, Davis, CA 95616-8521
+1 530 752 1682
+1 530 752 4970

Profile Introduction


1997 PhD Animal Science Massey University, New Zealand
1992 BS Agricultural Science (Hons) University of Queensland, Australia

Research Interests

Mammary gland developmental biology, lactation, and breast cancer

Our lab seeks to define the processes underlying how the mammary glands - either during their growth, for milk synthesis, or in the case of breast cancer - respond to hormonal signals. We use a variety of methods, animal models and systems to study this regulation ranging from the molecular to the whole organism. In particular we are interested in how hormones such as estrogen, progesterone and prolactin affect tissue function and how factors such as diet and lifestyle also can have positive or negative effects.


2012 - H. Allen Tucker award for mentoring - American Soc. Animal Sci.
2015 - UCDavis Academic Senate Teaching Prize

Department and Center Affiliations

Member - UCDavis Comprehensive Cancer Center

CBS Grad Group Affiliations

Integrated Genetics and Genomics

Specialties / Focus

Integrated Genetics and Genomics
  • Integrated Genetics and Genomics
  • Animal Genomics
  • Human Genetics and Genomics

Graduate Groups not Housed in CBS

Animal Biology


Hovey Lab website

Teaching Interests

ANS124 Lactation


ANS 124 Lactation (Winter)


10/27/2015 4:13:00 PM
  • Berryhill, G.E., Gloviczki, J.M., Trott, J.F., Aimo, L., Kraft, J., Cardiff, R.D., Paul, C.T., Petrie, W.K., Lock, A.L., Hovey, R.C. (2012) Diet-induced metabolic change induces estrogen-independent allometric mammary growth. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. 109(40):16294–16299.

  • Rowson-Hodel, A.R., Manjarin, R., Trott, J.F., Cardiff, R.D., Borowsky, A.D., and Hovey, R.C. (2015) Neoplastic transformation of porcine mammary epithelial cells in vitro and tumor formation in vivo. BMC Cancer. In press.

  • Schennink, A., Trott, J.F., Berryhill, G.E., Donovan, C.E., Manjarin, R., VanKlompenberg, M.K., Rowson-Hodel, A.R., Luis, M.O., and Hovey, R.C. (2015) Alcohol intake stimulates epithelial proliferation in an authentic model of the human breast. Reproductive Toxicology, 54:93-100.

  • Schennink, A., Trott, J.F., Manjarin, R, Lemay, D.G., Freking, B.A., and Hovey, R.C. (2015) Comparative genomics reveals tissue-specific regulation of prolactin receptor gene expression. Journal of Molecular Endocrinology, 54(1): 1-15.