Yatta Boakari

Yatta Boakari, DVM, PhD, MS
Assistant Professor of Equine Theriogenology
Department of Large Animal Clinical Sciences

Dr. Yatta Boakari is an assistant professor in the Department of Large Animal Clinical Sciences (VLCS) at the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences (CVMBS). She received her DVM at the Universidade Federal do Piauí (UFPI–Brazil) (Federal University of Piauí) in 2012. After graduation, she worked at a breeding farm before returning to academia. She completed an MS at Universidade Estadual Paulista (UNSP–Brazil) (São Paulo State University) looking at the physiology of pre-ovulatory follicles and corpus lutea using Doppler ultrasound. 

She then moved to Lexington, Kentucky to pursue her PhD with Dr. Barry Ball that focused on the effects of high protein diets on reproductive transcriptomics of mares and placentitis. The results of her research have been published in scientific journals and presented at conferences. She also received various awards, such as Best Abstract at the International Symposium of Equine Reproduction. She later moved to Auburn, Alabama to complete a residency in Theriogenology and was also a post-doctoral fellow. Her main research focused on the effects of lameness on semen quality in beef bulls and she contributed a chapter in Bovine Reproduction.

Dr. Boakari recently started as an Assistant Professor at Texas A&M, where her research focuses on subfertility in older mares and transcriptomics of semen from subfertile stallions and maintains her collaborations with researchers in Sao Paulo, Brazil), Kentucky, and Alabama.