Dr. Jennifer Nagashima is a Smithsonian Institution Postdoctoral Fellow for the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI) with Dr. Nucharin Songsasen. Jennifer’s research focuses on developing new “gamete rescue” technologies in canids and felids. These technologies include freezing sperm and culturing ovaries in vitroto grow mature eggs.
As part of her Ph.D. dissertation in the Joint Graduate Training Program (JGTP) between Cornell University and SCBI, Jennifer produced the world’s first litter of puppies from in vitro fertilization (IVF). The seven puppies are happy and healthy in their new homes (including one, “Cannon”, who went home with Jennifer), and will continue to be monitored as they grow up. As part of the JGTP, Jennifer also cultured domestic dog ovarian follicles using cutting-edge, 3-dimensional systems, with the goal of applying these technologies to the conservation of wild canids in the future.
Jennifer earned her bachelor’s degree from Cornell University in Animal Science in 2009. She matriculated into the JGTP as the inaugural student in 2010, and completed her doctorate in Zoology and Wildlife Conservation in 2015.