Blogger Profile: Nicole Ravida

Nicole Ravida is the research coordinator for the Reproductive Physiology Division of the San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research. Nicole began with the San Diego Zoo in 2001 as a volunteer in the Reproductive Physiology laboratory and was hired on in 2003. She received her bachelor’s degree in animal science from North Carolina State University in 2000. Nicole and her colleague are responsible for the collection and cryopreservation of gametes from San Diego Zoo Global's animals. They are also working on new protocols to be able to mature oocytes, fertilize them, and grow them to embryonic stage, in vitro.
Freezing Cells: Out-of-the-Box Ideas

Freezing Cells: Out-of-the-Box Ideas

On a Monday afternoon last month, my coworker Carly walked into the lab and said to me, “Acacia Animal Health Center called, and they just neutered an adult male pot-bellied pig. Do we want it?” My answer was, “Yes! I’ll pick the sperm sample up in the morning.”   read more