Dr. Caird E. Rexroad, Jr., is a native of West Virginia. After completion of undergraduate studies at West Virginia University he served in the U.S. Army. After military service, he studied Reproductive Physiology at the University of Wisconsin. His professional career has been entirely with ARS at Beltsville, Md.
At Beltsville, Dr. Rexroad was instrumental in initiating research on the introduction of new genes into farm animals. He served as a member of the research team that reported the first production of transgenic animals. In 1992, he began serving as Research Leader of the Gene Evaluation and Mapping Laboratory. As Research Leader and collaborator, he has directed research on the discovery of DNA markers to improve selection for disease resistance and production traits in dairy cattle. His research has resulted in over one hundred scientific publications and several book chapters. He is active in professional societies and is past-president of the International Embryo Transfer Society. In his permanent position as Associate Deputy Administrator, he is responsible for the USDA-ARS research program on Animal Production and Diseases, Human Nutrition and Animal Products and Food Safety. He provides the leadership for ten professional National Program Leaders, that work together to identify priority research needs, develop budgets and conduct program reviews on all USDA-ARS programs in Animal Sciences, Human Nutrition and Food Safety. He is currently serving as the Acting Associate Administrator