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Dr. Sean Fair

Biography

Professor Fair graduated with a PhD from University College Dublin in 2006. He took up a position as Lecturer in Physiology in National University of Ireland, Galway in 2007 and in 2009 joined the academic staff in the University of Limerick where he is now Associate Professor in Animal Physiology. His research is focused on sperm interaction with the female reproductive tract, and its secretions, across a range of species including cattle, sheep, horses and humans.

Teaching Interests

Professional Activities

Committee

  • 2016 Director of Association of Applied Animal Andrology,
  • 2015 Chairman of University of Limerick Animal Welfare Body,
  • 2013 Chairman of University of Limerick Animal Research Ethics Committee,
  • 2013 Director of Sheep Ireland,

Education

  • 2016 University of Limerick - Postgraduate Diploma
  • 2006 UCD - PhD
  • 2002 UCD - B.Agr.Sc.

Employment

  • 2007 National University of Ireland Galway - Lecturer

Association

  • Member, European Society for Domestic Animal Reproduction
  • Member, Agricultural Science Association
  • Member, British Society of Animal Science

Other

  • Journal ad hoc Reviewer:
    Reproduction Fertility and Development
    Theriogenology
    Journal of Dairy Science
    Animal Reproduction Science
    Reproduction in Domestic Animals
    Reproductive Biology
    Biology of Reproduciton
    Reproduction
    Animal
    Annals of Animal Science
    System Biology in Reproductive Medicine
    Nutrition Journal
    Systems Biology in Reproductive Medicine
    Open Veterinary Journal
    Veterinary Record
    BMC Genomics
    BMC Veterinary Research


Publications

Conference Contribution

2009

Biology of Reproduction
L Richardson, JP Hanrahan, A Donovan, S Fair, L O'Hara, M O'Sullivan, P Lonergan, ACO Evans
Biology of Reproduction

Conference Publication

2018

ANIMAL
Fair, S;Lonergan, P
Animal DOI: 10.1017/S1751731118000964

2016

18th International Congress on Animal Reproduction
AM English, C Byrne, S Waters, S Fair, DA Kenny

2016

World Buiatrics Congress.
A Lyons, E Finlay, P Lonergan, KG Meade, S Fair

2016

British Society for Animal Science
C Byrne, AM English, S Fair, P Lonergan, DA Kenny

2016
2016

18th International Congress on Animal Reproduction
GP Johnson, A Lyons, S Cronin, S Fair

2016

10th Biennial Meeting of the Association for Applied Animal Andrology (AAAA),
Murphy, EM,Stanton, C,O'Brien, C,Murphy, C,Holden, S,Murphy, RP,Varley, P,Boland, MP,Fair, S
DOI: 10.1016/j.anireprosci.2016.03.041

2016

British Society for Animal Science
AM English, C Byrne, J Cassidy, DA Kenny, S Fair

2016

67th Annual Meeting of the European Federation of Animal Science
C Byrne, AM English, S Fair, P Lonergan, DA Kenny

2016

18th International Congress on Animal Reproduction
E Murphy, C Murphy, A Cromie, P Lonergan, B Eivers, S Fair

2016

British Society for Animal Science
C Byrne, AM English, S Fair, P Lonergan, DA Kenny

2016

10th Biennial Meeting of the Association for Applied Animal Andrology (AAAA)
Martinez-Fresneda, L,Costelloe, J,O'Hara, A,Lynch, A,Monsonis-Centelles, S,Newport, D,Fair, S
DOI: 10.1016/j.anireprosci.2016.03.040

2016

18th International Congress on Animal Reproduction
C Byrne, AM English, S Fair, P Lonergan, DA Kenny

2016

World Buiatrics Congress
AC O' Brien, N McHugh, E Wall, K McDermott, S Randles, S Fair, DP Berry

2016

Bioengineering in Ireland.
J Costelloe, L Martinez-Fresneda, A Lynch, S Monsonis-Centelles, S Fair, D Newport

2016

18th International Congress on Animal Reproduction
B Fernandez-Fuertes, S Fair, KG Meade, P Lonergan

2016

World Buiatrics Congress
T Hall, C McQuillan, E Finlay, S Fair, C O'Farrelly, KG Meade

2016

42nd International Embryo Transfer Society Conference
B Fernandez-Fuertes, F Narciandi, KG Meade, C O'Farrelly, S Fair, P Lonergan

Other Publication

2019

The biological mechanisms regulating sperm selection by the ovine cervix
Fair S.;Meade K.;Reynaud K.;Druart X.;De Graaf S.
Reproduction DOI: 10.1530/REP-18-0595

2017

Effect of early calf-hood nutrition on the hypothalamic-pituitary axis in Holstein-Friesian bulls.
English, AM,Fair, S,Byrne, CJ,Waters, SM,Kenny, DA
Journal Of Animal Science DOI: 10.2527/asasann.2017.449

2017

Metabolome profiling and its relationship to sperm quality
Fair, S
Reproduction In Domestic Animals

Peer Reviewed Journal

2020

Accelerating Onset of Puberty Through Modification of Early Life Nutrition Induces Modest but Persistent Changes in Bull Sperm DNA Methylation Profiles Post-puberty
Perrier J.P.;Kenny D.A.;Chaulot-Talmon A.;Byrne C.J.;Sellem E.;Jouneau L.;Aubert-Frambourg A.;Schibler L.;Jammes H.;Lonergan P.;Fair S.;Kiefer H.
Frontiers In Genetics DOI: 10.3389/fgene.2020.00945

2019

Progesterone induces the release of bull spermatozoa from oviductal epithelial cells
Romero-Aguirregomezcorta J.;Cronin S.;Donnellan E.;Fair S.
Reproduction Fertility And Development DOI: 10.1071/RD18316

2019

Prepubertal nutrition alters Leydig cell functional capacity and timing of puberty
Anand-Ivell R.;Byrne C.;Arnecke J.;Fair S.;Lonergan P.;Kenny D.;Ivell R.
Plos One DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0225465

2019

Cervical mucus sialic acid content determines the ability of frozen-thawed ram sperm to migrate through the cervix
Richardson, L;Hanrahan, JP;Tharmalingam, T;Carrington, SD;Lonergan, P;Evans, ACO;Fair, S
Reproduction DOI: 10.1530/REP-18-0547

2018

Optimizing storage temperature of liquid bovine semen diluted in INRA96
Murphy, EM;O'Meara, C;Eivers, B;Lonergan, P;Fair, S
Journal Of Dairy Science DOI: 10.3168/jds.2017-14205

2018

Mesenchymal stem cell mechanotransduction is cAMP dependent and regulated by adenylyl cyclase 6 and the primary cilium
Johnson, GP;Stavenschi, E;Eichholz, KF;Corrigan, MA;Fair, S;Hoey, DA
Journal Of Cell Science DOI: 10.1242/jcs.222737

2018

Recombinant beta-defensin 126 promotes bull sperm binding t o bovine oviductal epithelia
Lyons, A;Narciandi, F;Donnellan, E;Romero-Aguirregomezcorta, J;O'Farrelly, C;Lonergan, P;Meade, KG;Fair, S
Reproduction Fertility And Development DOI: 10.1071/RD17415

2018

Hyperactivated stallion spermatozoa fail to exhibit a rheotaxis-like behaviour, unlike other species
Romero-Aguirregomezcorta, J;Sugrue, E;Martinez-Fresneda, L;Newport, D;Fair, S
Scientific Reports DOI: 10.1038/s41598-018-34973-9

2018

Role of early life nutrition on regulating the hypothalamic-anterior pituitary-testicular axis of the bull
English, AM;Kenny, DA;Byrne, CJ;Sauerwein, H;Urh, C;Crowe, MA;Staub, C;Waters, SM;Fair, S
Reproduction DOI: 10.1530/REP-17-0671

2017
2017

Genetic parameters for lameness, mastitis and dagginess in a multi-breed sheep population
O'Brien, AC,McHugh, N,Wall, E,Pabiou, T,McDermott, K,Randles, S,Fair, S,Berry, DP
Animal DOI: 10.1017/S1751731116002445

2017

Comparative genomic identification and validation of beta-defensin genes in the Ovis aries genome
Hall, TJ,McQuillan, C,Finlay, EK,O'Farrelly, C,Fair, S,Meade, KG
Bmc Genomics DOI: 10.1186/s12864-017-3666-x

2017

A comparison of semen diluents on the in vitro and in vivo fertility of liquid bull semen
Murphy, EM,Murphy, C,O'Meara, C,Dunne, G,Eivers, B,Lonergan, P,Fair, S
Journal Of Dairy Science DOI: 10.3168/jds.2016-11646

2017

Genomic identification, expression profiling, and functional characterization of CatSper channels in the bovine
Johnson, GP,English, AM,Cronin, S,Hoey, DA,Meade, KG,Fair, S
Biology Of Reproduction DOI: 10.1093/biolre/iox082

2017

Effect of seminal plasma from high- and low-fertility bulls on cauda epididymal sperm function
Holden, SA,Fernandez-Fuertes, B,Murphy, EM,Lonergan, P,Fair, S
Reproduction Fertility And Development DOI: 10.1071/RD17136

2017

In vitro addition of docosahexaenoic acid improves the quality of cooled but not frozen-thawed stallion semen
Silva, DM,Holden, SA,Lyons, A,Souza, JC,Fair, S
Reproduction Fertility And Development DOI: 10.1071/RD16473

2017

The effect of dietary supplementation of algae rich in docosahexaenoic acid on boar fertility
Murphy, EM,Stanton, C,O'Brien, C,Murphy, C,Holden, S,Murphy, RP,Varley, P,Boland, MP,Fair, S
Theriogenology DOI: 10.1016/j.theriogenology.2016.11.008

2017

In vitro characterisation of fresh and frozen sex-sorted bull spermatozoa
Holden, SA,Murphy, C,Moreno, JF,Butler, ST,Cromie, AR,Lonergan, P,Fair, S
Reproduction Fertility And Development DOI: 10.1071/RD16086

2017

A dual targeted beta-defensin and exome sequencing approach to identify, validate and functionally characterise genes associated with bull fertility
Whiston, R,Finlay, EK,McCabe, MS,Cormican, P,Flynn, P,Cromie, A,Hansen, PJ,Lyons, A,Fair, S,Lonergan, P,O' Farrelly, C,Meade, KG
Scientific Reports DOI: 10.1038/s41598-017-12498-x

2017

The in vitro addition of docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) improves the quality of cooled but not frozen-thawed stallion semen
DM Silva, SA Holden, A Lyons, JC Souza, S Fair
Reproduction Fertility And Development

2016

Comparative genomic identification and expression profiling of a novel -defensin gene cluster in the equine reproductive tract
Johnson, GP,Lloyd, AT,O'Farrelly, C,Meade, KG,Fair, S
Reproduction Fertility And Development DOI: 10.1071/RD14345

2016

The impact of storage temperature and sperm number on the fertility of liquid-stored bull semen
Murphy, C,Holden, SA,Murphy, EM,Cromie, AR,Lonergan, P,Fair, S
Reproduction Fertility And Development DOI: 10.1071/RD14369

2016

Sperm-Coating Beta-Defensin 126 Is a Dissociation-Resistant Dimer Produced by Epididymal Epithelium in the Bovine Reproductive Tract
Narciandi, F,Fernandez-Fuertes, B,Khairulzaman, I,Jahns, H,King, D,Finlay, EK,Mok, KH,Fair, S,Lonergan, P,Farrelly, CO,Meade, KG
Biology Of Reproduction DOI: 10.1095/biolreprod.116.138719

2016

Cauda Epididymis-Specific Beta-Defensin 126 Promotes Sperm Motility but Not Fertilizing Ability in Cattle
Fernandez-Fuertes, B,Narciandi, F,O'Farrelly, C,Kelly, AK,Fair, S,Meade, KG,Lonergan, P
Biology Of Reproduction DOI: 10.1095/biolreprod.116.138792

2015

Altering ewe nutrition in late gestation: II. The impact on fetal development and offspring performance
McGovern F.;Campion F.;Sweeney T.;Fair S.;Lott S.;Boland T.
Animal Science Journal DOI: 10.2527/jas.2015-9020

2015

Altering ewe nutrition in late gestation: II. The impact on fetal development and offspring performance
McGovern, FM,Campion, FP,Sweeney, T,Fair, S,Lott, S,Boland, TM
Journal Of Animal Science DOI: 10.2527/jas2015-9020

2014

Cholesterol-loaded-cyclodextrins improve the post-thaw quality of stallion sperm
Murphy, C,English, AM,Holden, SA,Fair, S
Animal Reproduction Science DOI: 10.1016/j.anireprosci.2014.01.013

2012

Effect of site of deposition on the fertility of sheep inseminated with frozen-thawed semen
Richardson, L,Hanrahan, JP,Donovan, A,Marti, JI,Fair, S,Evans, ACO,Lonergan, P
Animal Reproduction Science DOI: 10.1016/j.anireprosci.2012.03.006

2011
2011

Ewe breed differences in fertility after cervical AI with frozen-thawed semen and associated differences in sperm penetration and physicochemical properties of cervical mucus
Richardson, L; Hanrahan, JP; O'Hara, L; Donovan, A; Fair, S; O'Sullivan, M; Carrington, SD; Lonergan, P; Evans, ACO
Animal Reproduction Science DOI: 10.1016/j.anireprosci.2011.10.012

2010

Effect of storage duration, storage temperature, and diluent on the viability and fertility of fresh ram sperm.
O'Hara L, Hanrahan JP, Richardson L, Donovan A, Fair S, Evans AC, Lonergan P
Theriogenology DOI: 10.1016/j.theriogenology.2009.10.009

2008

Relationship between in vitro sperm functional tests and in vivo fertility of rams following cervical artificial insemination of ewes with frozen-thawed semen.
O' Meara CM, Hanrahan JP, Prathalingam NS, Owen JS, Donovan A, Fair S, Ward F, Wade M, Evans AC, Lonergan P
Theriogenology DOI: 10.1016/j.theriogenology.2007.12.003

2007

Development and quality of sheep embryos cultured in commercial G1.3/G2.3 sequential media.
Garcia-Garcia RM, Ward F, Fair S, O'Meara CM, Wade M, Duffy P, Lonergan P
Animal Reproduction Science DOI: 10.1016/j.anireprosci.2006.03.007

2006

The difference in embryo quality between Belclare and Suffolk ewes is not due to differences in oocyte quality.
Fair S, Hanrahan JP, Ward F, O'Meara CM, Duffy P, Donovan A, Lonergan P, Evans AC
Theriogenology DOI: 10.1016/j.theriogenology.2005.11.001