Dr. Alison Van Eenennaam

Dr. Alison Van Eenennaam
Cooperative Extension Specialist, UC Davis

Dr. Alison Van Eenennaam is a genomics and biotechnology researcher and Cooperative Extension Specialist in the Department of Animal Science at University of California, Davis.  She received a Bachelor of Agricultural Science from the University of Melbourne in Australia, and both an MS in Animal Science, and a PhD in Genetics from UC Davis. The mission of her extension program is “to provide research and education on the use of animal genomics and biotechnology in livestock production systems”. Her extension program focuses on the development of science-based educational materials including the controversial biotechnologies of genetic engineering (GE) and cloning.
 
Dr. Van Eenennaam was the lead author on the Council for Agricultural Science and Technology (CAST) 2014 report “The Potential Impacts of Mandatory Labeling for Genetically Engineered Food in the United States.” She has served on several national committees including the USDA National Advisory Committee on Biotechnology and 21st Century Agriculture, (2005-2009), and as a temporary voting member of the 2010 FDA Veterinary Medicine Advisory Committee meeting on the AquAdvantage salmon, the first GE animal to be evaluated for entry into the food supply.
 
Dr. Van Eenennaam was the recipient of the 2010 National Award for Excellence in Extension from the American Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities, and the 2014 Borlaug CAST Communication Award.