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Shawn S Donkin

Animal Sciences 

  • Professor of Animal Sciences
LILY Room 3-227

College of Agriculture Administration 

  • Asst Dean & Assc Dir Res & Grad Ed/Prof

Area of Expertise: Ruminant Nutrition and Physiology

Education: B.S., McGill University; M.S., The Pennsylvania State University; Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison
Post-doctoral Training: The Pennsylvania State University; University of Wisconsin-Madison

Research Program

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Awards & Honors

(2011) Associate editor, Ruminant Nutrition. Canadian J Animal Science.

(2011) Associate editor, Ruminant Nutrition Section. J Animal Science.

(2010) Outstanding Teacher. Department of Animal Sciences.

(2010) Pfizer Animal Health Physiology Award. American Dairy Science Association.

(2009) Dean’s Team Award. College of Agriculture.

(2009) Outstanding Graduate Mentor. Department of Animal Sciences.

(2009) Outstanding Undergraduate Counselor. Department of Animal Sciences.

(2008) Outstanding Graduate Mentor. Purdue University, Department of Animal Sciences.

(2008) Outstanding Undergraduate Counselor. Purdue University, Department of Animal Sciences.

(2005) ANSC Outstanding Undergraduate Counselor, 2002. Department of Animal Sciences.

Selected Publications

Sheldon, R., Nicole Blaize, A., Fletcher, J. A., Pearson, K., Donkin, S. S., Newcomer, S. C., & Rector, R. S. (2016). Gestational exercise protects adult male offspring from high-fat diet-induced hepatic steatosis. Journal of Hepatology, 64(1), 171-8. doi:10.1016/j.jhep.2015.08.022

White, H. M., Carvalho, E. R., Koser, S. L., Schmelz-Roberts, N. S., Pezzanite, L. M., Slabaugh, A. C., . . . Donkin, S. S. (2016). Short communication: Regulation of hepatic gluconeogenic enzymes by dietary glycerol in transition dairy cows. Journal of Dairy Science, 99(1), 812-7. doi:10.3168/jds.2015-9953

Zhang, Q., Koser, S. L., Bequette, B. J., & Donkin, S. S. (2015). Effect of propionate on mRNA expression of key genes for gluconeogenesis in liver of dairy cattle. Journal of Dairy Science, 98(12), 8698-709. doi:10.3168/jds.2015-9590

Blaize, A. N., Breslin, E., Donkin, S. S., Cabot, R. A., Pearson, K., & Newcomer, S. C. (2015). Maternal Exercise Does Not Significantly Alter Adult Rat Offspring Vascular Function. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, 47(11), 2340-6. doi:10.1249/MSS.0000000000000665

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(8), 3832-42. doi:10.2527/jas.2015-9074

Taheripour, P., DeFord, M. A., Arentson-Lantz, E. J., Donkin, S. S., Ajuwon, K., & Newcomer, S. C. (2014). Impact of excess gestational and post-weaning energy intake on vascular function of swine offspring. BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth, 14, 405. doi:10.1186/s12884-014-0405-z

Camarillo, I. G., Clah, L., Zheng, W., Zhou, X., Larrick, B. M., Blaize, N., . . . Newcomer, S. C. (2014). Maternal exercise during pregnancy reduces risk of mammary tumorigenesis in rat offspring. European Journal of Cancer Prevention : The Official Journal of the European Cancer Prevention Organisation (ECP), 23(6), 502-5. doi:10.1097/CEJ.0000000000000029

Wall, E. H., Doane, P. H., Donkin, S. S., & Bravo, D. (2014). The effects of supplementation with a blend of cinnamaldehyde and eugenol on feed intake and milk production of dairy cows. Journal of Dairy Science, 97(9), 5709-17. doi:10.3168/jds.2014-7896

Arentson-Lantz, E. J., Buhman, K. K., Ajuwon, K., & Donkin, S. S. (2014). Excess pregnancy weight gain leads to early indications of metabolic syndrome in a swine model of fetal programming. Nutrition Research (New York, N.Y.), 34(3), 241-9. doi:10.1016/j.nutres.2014.01.001

McCann, C. C., Viner, M. E., Donkin, S. S., & White, H. M. (2014). Hepatic patatin-like phospholipase domain-containing protein 3 sequence, single nucleotide polymorphism presence, protein confirmation, and responsiveness to energy balance in dairy cows. Journal of Dairy Science, 97(8), 5167-75. doi:10.3168/jds.2014-7910