Stephen Ford grew up on a crop and livestock farm in the Ankeny Hills near Salem, Oregon. He received his B.S. degree in Animal Science from Oregon State University in 1971 and his M.S. degree in Reproductive Physiology from West Virginia University in 1973. In 1974, he returned to Oregon State, and, in 1977, he received the Ph.D. in Reproductive Physiology.
After graduation, Dr. Ford served as Research Physiologist at the USDA, ARS, U.S. Meat Animal Research Center in Clay Center, Nebraska. In 1979, he accepted an Associate Professorship in the Department of Animal Science at Iowa State University and, in 1985, advanced to Professor.
Dr. Ford’s research has focused on the controls of uterine and placental vascularity and blood flow and their impacts on litter size, fetal growth and development, and offspring quality. He has been the recipient of several awards, including the Midwestern Section, ASAS, Young Scientist Award in 1988, the Iowa State Board of Regents Faculty Excellence Award in 1996, and the National ASAS Animal Physiology and Endocrinology Award in 2000. In 2001, he was appointed Rochelle Endowed Chair in the Department of Animal Science at the University of Wyoming. He also serves as Director of the Center for the Study of Fetal Programming.