Jon Oatley

  1. Associate Dean, Research
  2. Professor
  3. School of Molecular Biosciences
Email Address
Phone 509-335-0499


Dr. Jon Oatley is the Associate Dean for Research for the College of Veterinary Medicine and a tenured Professor in the School of Molecular Biosciences. Dr. Oatley’s research program focuses on understanding the biology of germ cell development and genome engineering of animals. His research accomplishments have garnered awards from multiple professional scientific societies, and he is a recognized voice for the application of biotechnology in food animal production. As a principal investigator and director of centers and strategic initiatives at WSU, he has managed large teams of scientists, mentored graduate students and postdocs, and established multiple research service core labs. Beyond academia, Dr. Oatley has worked with the FDA, AAVMC, and APLU in workshops and task forces to help shape policies on gene editing of animals and has served his profession as a member of NIH and USDA study sections as well as an organizer of scientific conferences.


  • Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Pennsylvania, 2007
  • PhD, Washington State University, 2004
  • MS, Washington State University, 2001
  • BS, University of Nevada-Reno, 1999


  • Board certified, American College of Theriogenologists (Honorary Diplomat, ACT)

Research Interests

  • Germ Cell Biology and Gametogenesis
  • Animal Genome Engineering
  • Comparative Genomics


Professional Service

  • Center for Reproductive Biology
  • Functional Genomics Initiative
  • Molecular Biosciences Graduate Program
  • Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program

Honors and Awards

  • Invited Testimony on 21st Century Biotechnology in Agriculture, US Congressional Hearing of the House Agriculture Committee, 2021
  • Elected Honorary Diplomate, American College of Theriogenology, 2021
  • Zoetis Award for Veterinary Research Excellence, 2019
  • Young Andrologist Award, American Society of Andrology, 2015
  • Dean’s Award for Outstanding Research, College of Veterinary Medicine, Washington State University, 2014
  • New Investigator Award, Society for the Study of Reproduction, 2012
  • Barron Lecturer in Reproductive Physiology, University of Florida, 2010
  • Achievement Reward for Collegiate Scientists Fellowship, Washington State University, 2004