Le Ann Blomberg

Assistant Director of the Beltsville Agricultural Research Center,Agricultural Research Service(ARS), United States Department of Agriculture(USDA)

    Dr. Le Ann Blomberg is the Assistant Director for the Beltsville Agricultural Research Centre (BARC), U.S. Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service (ARS) in Beltsville, Maryland, USA. The Centre’s mission is focused on providing “the American public with an exceptionally talented, highly interdisciplinary scientific community in the USDA’s largest scientific installation, and leveraging these resources to envision, create, and improve knowledge and technologies that enhance the capacity of the nation – and the world.” Prior to becoming the Assistant Director, she was a scientist and subsequently a Research Leader for the Animal Biosciences and Biotechnology Laboratory. Dr. Blomberg’s research focused on reproduction in swine with interests in understanding the physiological aspects regulating embryonic pluripotency, embryo competence and the impact of uterine stress on foetal/neonatal development.

    Dr. Blomberg began her research career at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Centre, Oklahoma City, OK, and later moved to Georgetown University, Washington, D.C., where she earned a Ph.D. in Physiology and Biophysics (2001) for her work in defining molecular cues regulating spontaneous postnatal alveoli formation in altricial animals and retinoic acid-induced alveolar regeneration in a rodent emphysema model. She was also part of a team the described a mutation in the LH receptor associated with Familial Male Limited Precocious Puberty.