Dr Ruth Wonfor

BSc, MSc, PhD

Dr Ruth Wonfor

Lecturer in Animal and Equine Science

Department of Life Sciences

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I obtained a BSc(Hons) in Equine and Human Sport Science in 2011 and MSc in Animal Science in 2013 from Aberystwyth University. Following on from this, I went on to complete a PhD in bovine reproductive immunology and endocrinology in 2016, investigating the immune modulatory role of preimplantation factor in the bovine endometrium. Within my PhD research I utilised in vitro tissue and cell culture models to investigate immune and endocrine responses. Whilst writing my PhD, I spent some time working as a Teaching Assistant in IBERS. After completion of my PhD, I worked as a Knowledge Exchange Fellow in IBERS as part of the Knowledge Exchange Hub and alongside Farming Connect to disseminate scientific research into the agricultural industry. Through this role I wrote a number of technical articles on a wide range of Animal Science topics, as well as being involved in the development of several EIP Operational Groups in Wales.


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My research interests broadly lie in animal health and subsequent effects on production, with a focus on dairy cow reproductive diseases. My research utilises in vitro models of diseases to investigate inflammatory immune responses. This in vitro work has also led me to an interest into cultured meat, where I work on cell and media sources. 

Research Groups

  • Sustainable Grassland Systems and Agri-Food
  • Greenhouse gas reduction in livestock agriculture


Wititkornkul, B, Hulme, BJ, Tomes, JJ, Allen, NR, Davis, CN, Davey, SD, Cookson, AR, Phillips, HC, Hegarty, MJ, Swain, MT, Brophy, PM, Wonfor, RE & Morphew, RM 2021, 'Evidence of Immune Modulators in the Secretome of the Equine Tapeworm Anoplocephala perfoliata', Pathogens, vol. 10, no. 7, e912. 10.3390/pathogens10070912
Wonfor, RE, Creevey, CJ, Natoli, M, Hegarty, M, Nash, DM & Rose, MT 2020, 'Interaction of preimplantation factor with the global bovine endometrial transcriptome', PLoS One, vol. 15, no. 12, e0242874. 10.1371/journal.pone.0242874
Wonfor, R, Creevey, C, Natoli, M, Nash, D & Rose, M 2018, 'The effect of synthetic preimplantation factor on the bovine endometrial transcriptome', British Society of Animal Science Annual Conference, Dublin, Ireland, 09 Apr 2018 - 11 Apr 2018.
Wonfor, R, Natoli, M, Shah, I, Beckmann, M, Nash, RJ & Nash, D 2017, 'Anti-inflammatory properties of an extract of M. ilicifolia in the human intestinal epithelial Caco-2 cell line', Journal of Ethnopharmacology, vol. 209, pp. 283-287. 10.1016/j.jep.2017.08.006
Wonfor, R 2017, 'Ectoparasites of sheep: Sheep Scab' Farming Connect. <https://businesswales.gov.wales/farmingconnect/posts/ectoparasites-sheep-sheep-scab>
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