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Dr. Sean Fair

BAgrSc, PhD


Dr 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 as a Lecturer in Animal Physiology. His research is focused on assisted reproduction in domestic animals.

Teaching Interests



Professional Activities


  • 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,


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


  • 2007 National University of Ireland Galway - Lecturer


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


  • Journal ad hoc Reviewer:
    Reproduction Fertility and Development
    Journal of Dairy Science
    Animal Reproduction Science
    Reproduction in Domestic Animals
    Reproductive Biology
    Biology of Reproduciton
    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





Peer Reviewed Journal


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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