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Kolapo Ajuwon

Animal Sciences 

  • Associate Professor of Animal Sciences
LILY Room 3-236
915 W. State St.
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2054

Area of Expertise: Adipose Biology/Nutritional Physiology

Education: B.S., Obafemi Awolowo University, Nigeria; M.S. and Ph.D., Purdue University
Post-doctoral Training: Purdue University

Research Program


ANSC 53700 - Adipocyte Biology
ANSC 62600 (F&N 60600) - Nutritional Biochemistry and Physiology II

News Releases

Ag Research Spotlight: Kola Ajuwon - Agricultural Research at Purdue, September 2014

Taking on a Leadership Role: Purdue Ag scientists work for the good of people - and animals - Purdue Agricultures magazine, Winter 2013

It's not just about animals: Research benefits extend to human health - Purdue Agricultures magazine, Winter 2011


Selected Publications

Adeola, O., Xue, P., Cowieson, C. J., & Ajuwon, K. (2016). Basal endogenous losses of amino acids in protein nutrition research for swine and poultry. Animal Feed Science and Technology. Retrieved from

Yan, H., Lu, H., Almeida, V. V., Ward, M. G., Adeola, O., Nakatsu, C. H., & Ajuwon, K. (2016). Effects of dietary resistant starch content on metabolic status, milk composition, and microbial profiling in lactating sows and on offspring performance. Journal of animal physiology and animal nutrition. doi:10.1111/jpn.12440

Lu, H., Yan, H., Almeida, V. V., Adeola, O., & Ajuwon, K. (2016). Effects of dietary resistant starch content on nutrient and energy digestibility and fecal metabolomic profile in growing pigs. Journal of Animal Science. doi:10.2527/jas.2015-9669

Lu, H., Preynat, A., Legrand-Defretin, V., Geraert, P. A., Adeola, O., & Ajuwon, K. (2016). Effects of dietary supplementation of exogenous multi-enzyme mixture containing carbohydrases and phytase on growth performance, energy and nutrient digestibility, and selected mucosal gene expression in the small intestine of weanling pigs fed nutrient deficient diets. Canadian Journal of Animal Science, 96, 243-251. doi:10.1139/cjas-2015-0078

Qu, H., Yan, H., Lu, H., Donkin, S. S., & Ajuwon, K. (2016). Heat stress in pigs is accompanied by adipose tissue-specific responses that favor increased triglyceride storage. Journal of Animal Science, 94(5), 1884-1896. doi:10.2527/jas.2015-0084

Cowieson, A. J., Lu, H., Ajuwon, K., Knap, I., & Adeola, O. (2016). Interactive effects of dietary protein source and exogenous protease on growth performance, immune competence and jejunal health of broiler chickens. Animal Production Science. Retrieved from

Xue, P., Ajuwon, K., & Adeola, O. (2016). Phosphorus and nitrogen utilization responses of broiler chickens to dietary crude protein and phosphorus levels. Poultry Science. doi:

Qu, H., Donkin, S. S., & Ajuwon, K. (2015). Heat stress enhances adipogenic differentiation of subcutaneous fat depot-derived porcine stromovascular cells. Journal of Animal Science, 93, 3832-3842. doi:10.2527/jas.2015-9074

Yan, H., & Ajuwon, K. (2015). Mechanism of butyrate stimulation of triglyceride storage and adipokine expression during adipogenic differentiation of porcine stromovascular cells. PLoS One, 29(10(12)), e0145940. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0145940

Ajuwon, K. (2015). Toward a better understanding of mechanisms of probiotics and prebiotics action in poultry species. The Journal of Applied Poultry Research: Oxford Journals, 0, 1-7.