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Lessard, Carl, M.Sc., Ph.D.

Gamete and Embryo Biologist

Contact Information:

52 Campus Drive, Room 2252
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan S7N 5B4
Telephone: 306-956-7221
Fax: 306-966-7376
Email: carl.lessard@agr.gc.ca

Areas of Expertise:

  • Sperm, oocyte and embryo biology
  • Cryopreservation of gametes
  • Genetic
  • Male infertility

Current Projects:

  • Collection of gametes to preserve the genetic diversity among Canadian livestock
  • Development of a strategy to preserve in vitro produced pig embryo and non-surgically transfer the embryo in a synchronized recipient
  • Development of a strategy to securely preserve bison semen
  • Development of a bovine fertility marker
  • Understanding spermatogenesis via small animal

Affiliations:

  • Adjunct professor at the department of Veterinary Biomedical Sciences, Western College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Saskatchewan

Research publications

2015

2013

2011

2009

  • Lessard, C., Danielson, J., Rajapaksha, K., Adams, G.P., McCorkell, R. (2009). Banking North American buffalo semen, 71(7), 1112-1119. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.theriogenology.2008.12.004

Other science related publications

2012

  • Alfoteisy, B., Singh, J., Lessard, C.J., and Anzar, M. (2012). "Vitrification of immature bovine-cumulus-oocyte-complexes using natural honey as a non-permeant cryoprotectant.", 17th International Congress on Animal Reproduction, Vancouver, BC, Canada, July 29 - August 02, 2012.

2011

  • Gratton, G., Manjunath, P., Anzar, M., and Lessard, C.J. (2011). "Identifying seminal plasma proteins that interfere with bison sperm membran integrity.", WDZ annual meeting, Québec City, QC, Canada, 2011.
  • Gratton, G., Toosi, B.M., Anzar, M., McCorkell, R.B., and Lessard, C.J. (2011). "Effects of a long-acting tranquilizer on sperm motility of North American bison bulls.", 37th Annual Conference of the International Embryo Transfer Society, Orlando, FL, USA, January 8-12, 2011.
  • Hussain, S.A., Lessard, C.J., and Anzar, M. (2011). "Cryopreservation of bison semen.", 36th Annual Conference of the American Society of Andrology Annual Meeting, Hyatt Regency Montréal, Montréal, QC, Canada, April 2-5, 2011.
  • Hussain, S.A., Lessard, C.J., and Anzar, M. (2011). "Cryopreservation of bison semen.", 36th Annual Meeting of American Society of Andrology, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, April 2-5, 2011.
  • Lessard, C.J., Leavins, N., and Dyck, M. (2011). "Estrogen influence on gene expression of pig oocytes during in vitro maturation.", 1st Meeting of the Ovarian Club - The Oocyte: from Basic Research to Clinical Practice, Barcelona, Spain, November 3-6, 2011.
  • Maher, G., Maurice, C., Lessard, C.J., Thériault, M., Castonguay, F.W., Cinq-Mars, D., Bernier, J., and Bailey, J.L. (2011). "Egg yolk or milk? Which is preferred by boar spermatozoa?", 36th Annual Conference of the American Society of Andrology Annual Meeting, Hyatt Regency Montréal, Montréal, QC, Canada, April 2-5, 2011. (Abstract)

2010

  • Leavins, N., Rajapaksha, W.R.A.K.J.S., and Lessard, C.J. (2010). "Effect of Estradiol on Expression of Maternal Determinant Genes During In-Vitro Maturation of Porcine Oocytes (Abstract 324).", Biology of Reproduction, 83(Suppl. 1). (Abstract)
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