Chad Vezina, PhD

Title: Associate Professor
Department: Comparative Biosciences
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BA 1998 St. Olaf College, Northfield, MN
PhD 2003 University of New York -Buffalo, Buffalo, NY
Postdoc 2009 University of Wisconsin – Madison, Madison, WI

Research Focus

The Vezina lab uses the fetal mouse prostate as a model system to elucidate prostate growth stimulatory and inhibitory signals and investigate interactions between them in clinically relevant models of prostate disease. Our ultimate goal is to identify new pharmacological targets for prostate disease intervention. We are investigating how male hormones initiate prostate ductal formation, how prostate ducts elongate into surrounding mesenchyme, and how both of these processes are patterned in three dimensions to give rise to a bilaterally symmetrical prostate gland comprised of anterior dorsal, lateral, and ventral lobes.

Program Activities

  • Joined ERP Program: 2010
  • Teaching
    • Animal Sciences 875 – Endocrine Physiology

Research Funding

  • PI R01 DK099328-01A1 2014/07/15-2019/06/30 National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK)
  • Co-PI U54DK104310 2014/09/24-2019/07/31 National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK)


Current Trainees Degree Goal
No Current ERP Students
Past Trainees Degree Completed