Audra A. Huffmeyer

Audra A. Huffmeyer

Ph.D. Candidate


Audra is a National Science Foundation Predoctoral Fellow at UCLA. Prior to UCLA, she was a two-time Smithsonian Fellow at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute. She received her Master of Science in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from the University of Michigan and will obtain her PhD in Biology from UCLA in 2021. She studies male infertility in large cat species, she is currently assessing mountain lions in Southern California for male infertility. Her work expertise includes: collecting sperm samples, completing semen assessments under the microscope, RNA-Seq, and WGS analyses.

Selected Publications

Huffmeyer, Audra A., Budhan S. Pukazhenthi, and Robert K. Wayne. “Differential gene expression patterns in spermatozoa from teratospermic and normospermic domestic cats.” Animal Reproduction Science 226 (2021): 106698. (abstract)

Grants and Awards

National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow

National Geographic Explorer

Smithsonian Institute Fellow (two times)