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Heloisa Rutigliano

Heloisa Rutigliano

Research Assistant Professor
Center for Integrated BioSystems
Faculty: DVM, Faculty
Location:  AGRS 250
Office Phone:  435-797-0995
Fax:  435-797-2766
4700 Old Main Hill
Logan, UT 84322-4700

Specialties: reproductive physiology, pregnancy immunology and developmental biology

About Me

The main goal of Dr. Rutigliano’s research is to identify the mechanisms underlying pregnancy complications. These discoveries are expected to lead to powerful new approaches to improve success rates of pregnancies established by assisted reproductive techniques.

Dr. Rutigliano’s research aims to identify immune cells and mechanisms responsible for the acceptance of the allogeneic fetus in the maternal uterus. Also, her research focuses on the identification of the genes involved in the reprogramming of the genome in embryos produced by assisted reproductive techniques.

Dr. Rutigliano’s research program is currently supported by funds from the VPR Office at Utah State University.

Dr. Rutigliano completed her DVM degree at the São Paulo State University (Universidade Estadual Paulista “Júlio de Mesquita Filho”, UNESP) in 2003. After that she completed a clinical internship in dairy cattle medicine at the University of California, Davis. She then received her M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in Animal Biology with emphasis in reproductive biology and endocrinology at the University of California, Davis. Dr. Rutigliano continued her training as a post-doctoral fellow at Utah State University, where she expanded her skills and training in reproductive immunology and developmental biology. Dr. Rutigliano is currently a research assistant professor in the School of Veterinary Medicine and the Animal, Dairy, Veterinary Department at Utah State University.


For Students

  • Classes I Teach
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    • VM 7520 - Veterinary Physiology II: Students will study the functions of selected tissues and organs, how these functions arise from underlying cellular mechanisms, how individual organs are controlled to serve basal and changing body needs and how multiple organs interact in complementary ways to bring about systemic function and homeostasis.
    • VM 7587 - Anesthesiology: This lecture course is supplemented with laboratory sessions and is designed to introduce the student to the principles of veterinary anesthesiology. The purpose of the course is to accomplish the above-stated objectives. Successful completion of the course will prepare you for 3rd year surgery courses as well as clinical rotations in surgery and anesthesia.
    • VM 7597 - Complementary and Alternative Veterinary Medicine: To increase knowledge and understanding of Complementary & Alternative Vet Medicine (CAVM).
    • VM 7500 - Animals, Society and the Veterinarian: This course will provide students with an opportunity to learn and practice skill sets considered integral for success in the veterinary profession. Students will be trained to portray the “Gentle Doctor”, who exhibits characteristics of compassion, expertise, humaneness, judgment, care, compassion and understanding.
    • VM 7521 - Foundations of Veterinary Neurology: Students will gain a solid understanding of how the nervous system is arranged and works, to prepare them for clinical experiences in neurology and neurological diagnosis.
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Education and Research

  • Education
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    • Post-doctoral training, Reproductive Immunology, Utah State University, Logan, UT. 2010-2013.
    • Ph.D., Animal Biology and Physiology, University of California, Davis. 2006-2010.
    • Master of Science, Animal Biology and Physiology, University of California, Davis. 2005-2006.
    • Clinical Internship, Veterinary Medicine Teaching and Research Center, School of Veterinary Medicine, University of California, Davis. 2003-2005.
    • D.V.M., Universidade Estadual Paulista “Júlio de Mesquita Filho”, UNESP, Botucatu, SP, Brazil. December 2003.
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