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Kenneth I. Aston, Ph.D.

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  • English

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Bio

Ki Aston completed his Ph.D. at Utah State University in 2007. For his dissertation research he evaluated factors associated with somatic cell nuclear transfer efficiency and nuclear reprogramming. He was involved in bovine nuclear transfer and was part of the first group to successfully clone an equine species. Upon completion of his graduate training, Ki joined the Andrology team at the University of Utah as a Post Doctoral Fellow in 2007, and in 2011 he received a faculty appointment with the Division of Urology. His research efforts here have focused on identifying genetic and epigenetic factors associated with male infertility. In addition, Ki is actively involved in expanding fertility preservation options at the University of Utah. In his free time, Ki loves spending time with his wife and four young children and enjoys almost any form of outdoor recreation.

Board Certification and Academic Information

Academic Departments Surgery - Assistant Professor
Academic Divisions Urology
Board Certification American Board of Bioanalysis

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Research Interests

  • Andrological Research

Board Certification and Academic Information

Academic Departments Surgery - Assistant Professor
Academic Divisions Urology
Board Certification American Board of Bioanalysis

Academic Office Locations

Academic Office Phone Number Academic Office Address
(801) 581-3740 Andrology & IVF Laboratories
675 Arapeen Drive
Salt Lake City, UT 84108

Academic Bio

Dr. Aston brings extensive experience from his graduate work where he studied the dynamics of nuclear reprogramming following fertilization and somatic cell nuclear transfer (SCNT), performing gene expression assays on minute RNA pools derived from bovine in vivo, in vitro, and SCNT embryos. Since he joined the Division of Urology at the University of Utah, he has made significant contributions to the field of male infertility research. He carried out the first genome-wide association study in the area of male infertility, and more recently has expanded that work with an international collaboration to evaluate the involvement of specific genetic variations on spermatogenic impairment. In addition, he is actively involved in characterizing the normal sperm methylome and identifying factors such as age and environmental exposures that affect the epigenetic status of sperm, as well as the potential impacts those factors might have on offspring health. In collaboration with Dr. Douglas Carrell, Dr. Aston recently co-edited Spermatogenesis, Methods and Protocols, in the Methods in Molecular Biology series.

Education

Education History

Type School Degree
Postdoctoral Fellowship University of Utah, Andrology and IVF Laboratories
Postdoctoral Fellow
Doctoral Training Utah State University
Animal Science: Reproductive Physiology
Ph.D.
Undergraduate Utah State University
Biology, minors in Chemistry and Spanish
B.S.
Undergraduate Utah State University
Biology, minors in Chemistry and Spanish

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