After receiving her M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Animal Breeding and Genetics from Oregon State University, Noelle Cockett spent five years as a Research Geneticist at the USDA, ARS U.S. Meat Animal Research Center in Clay Center, Nebraska. She joined Utah State University as an assistant professor in 1990, was promoted to associate professor in 1993, and to full professor in 1996. Noelle is currently the Vice President for Extension and Agriculture and the Dean for the College of Agriculture at Utah State University. She has also served as the Interim Dean of the School of Graduate Studies, the Vice Provost for Academic Affairs, and, most recently, as the Interim Provost for the University.
Noelle’s research program has centered on the identification of genetic markers associated with economically important traits in livestock. Her current projects include characterization of the callipyge gene causing muscle hypertrophy in sheep and identification of genetic markers for parasite resistance in sheep. She has published over 85 refereed articles and book chapters, and over 150 abstracts, technical reports and proceedings. She is currently the Chief Editor for Animal Genetics and has been the NAGRP U.S. Coordinator for Sheep Genome Mapping since 1993.