Omonseigho Talton, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor Phone 816-501-2442

I hold a Ph.D. from the University of Missouri-Columbia where I also completed my postdoctoral fellowship. I joined the faculty at Avila University in 2019, and teach Human Anatomy and Physiology, and General Biology. I also served as a Faculty Mentor as part of the Project RISE Title III Grant. My research explores how various maternal exposures, such as diabetes and obesity, affect offspring health. I also study sebaceous gland activity in human populations, and I am interested in discipline-based education research.

Research Interests

I study the developmental origins of health and disease, examining how various maternal exposures such as diabetes and obesity affect offspring health. I am also interested in discipline-based education research and maintain a membership in the Society for the Study of Reproduction.


I enjoy writing, reading, science communication, traveling, long walks, and time spent with family and friends. I love music, and sing Christmas carols all year round. Keep up with me @taltontweets.

Started at Avila


BI 220 Anatomy and Physiology, BI 220L Anatomy and Physiology Lab, BI 111 Introduction to Cells and Genes
2019 Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Women’s Health, University of Missouri
2017 Ph.D. in Biological Sciences, University of Missouri
2011 Truman State University, B.A. in Biology. Cum Laude


2021 - University of Missouri TRIUMPH award ($100,000); Role: Co-Investigator "Effects of Gestational Diabetes on Placental Development"

2020 - Burroughs Wellcome Fellow, Society for the Study of Reproduction


1. Ehlers E1, Talton OO1, Schust DJ, Schulz LC. 2021 “ Placental structural abnormalities in gestational diabetes and when they develop: A scoping review” Placenta 1 These authors contributed equally.

2. Oestreich AK, Onuzuriuke A, Yao X, Talton OO, Wang Y, Pfeiffer FM, Schulz LC, Phillips CL. 2020 “Leprdb/+ Dams Protect Wild-Type Male Offspring Bone Strength From The Detrimental Effects Of A High-Fat Diet” Endocrinology

3. Pollock KE, Talton OO, Schulz LC. 2020 “Morphology and Gene Expression in Mouse Placentas Lacking Leptin Receptors” Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications

4. Clark KL, Talton OO, Ganesan S, Schulz LC, Keating AF. 2019 “Developmental Origins of Ovarian Disorder: Impact of Maternal Lean Gestational Diabetes on the Offspring Ovarian Proteome in Mice.” Biol. Reprod.

5. Talton OO, Bates K, Rojas S, Ji T, and Schulz LC. 2019 “Maternal Glucose Intolerance Increases Offspring Adipose Mass and Insulin Signaling in Mice” Biol. Reprod.

6. Mao J, Pennington KA, Talton OO, Schulz LC, Sutovsky M, Lin Y, Sutovsky P. 2018. “In Utero and Postnatal Exposure to High Fat, High Sucrose Diet Suppressed Testis Apoptosis and Reduced Sperm Count” Sci Rep.

7. Pennington KA, van der Walt N, Pollock KE, Talton OO, Schulz LC. 2017 “Effects of Acute Exposure to a High-Fat, High-Sucrose Diet on Gestational Glucose Tolerance and Subsequent Maternal Health in Mice” Biol Reprod.

8. Pennington KA, Ramirez-Perez FI, Pollock KE, Talton OO, Foote CA, Reyes-Aldasoro CC, Wu Ho-Hsiang, Ji T, Martinez-Lemus LA, and Schulz LC. 2016 “Maternal Hyperleptinemia is Associated with Male Offspring’s Altered Vascular Function and Structure in Mice” PLOS One.

9. Talton OO, Pennington KA, Pollock KE, Bates K, Ma L, Ellersieck MR and Schulz LC. 2016 “Maternal Hyperleptinemia Improves Offspring Insulin Sensitivity in Mice” Endocrinology.

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