Dr. Cheryl Kojima 

 

Dr. Cheryl J. Kojima

Associate Professor Undergraduate Coordinator

 

 

Teaching

ANSC 340 - Animal Breeding and Genetics

ANSC 348 - Honors: Animal Breeding and Genetics

ANSC 483 - Swine Management

ANSC 492 - Animal Science Internship

ANSC 493 - Independent Study

ANSC 499 - Undergraduate Research 

 

Contact

2506 River Drive 
149A Brehm Animal Science Building
Knoxville, Tennessee 37996
Phone: (865) 974-5597
Fax: (865) 974-7297

 

 

 

 

Education

Ph.D., University of Missouri, Animal Science, 1997

B.S., Cornell University, Animal Science, 1988

 

Appointment: 25% Research | 75% Teaching

Professional Interest: Physiological Genetics and Genomics

 

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Dr. Kojima’s research is focused on elucidating pathways of gene expression adversely affected by stress of weaning and obesity in the pig. The process of weaning can be detrimental to growth, immune function, and overall well-being of the young pig. Through understanding what happens during weaning at the molecular level to influence appetite and immune function, her laboratory aims to develop new strategies to minimize the negative effects of weaning thereby increasing overall well-being and production efficiency in swine. Obesity-related research is also being conducted using the Sinclair minipig, which is an excellent model for studying human physiological responses to obesity including cardiovascular disease, insulin insensitivity, and inflammation. Currently Dr. Kojima is using the minipig model to discern the effects of Omega-3 fatty acids on adipocyte-mediated inflammation, with particular interest in how various adipose depots differ in their response to Omega-3 supplementation.

 

Selected Publications

  • Bastin, B. C., A. Houser, C. P. Bagley, K. M. Ely, R. R. Payton, A. M. Saxton, F. N. Schrick, J. C. Waller, and C. J. Kojima. 2014. A polymorphism in XKR4 is significantly associated with serum prolactin concentrations in beef cows grazing endophyte-infected tall fescue. Animal Genetics,45(3): 439-441.

  • Campbell, B. T., C. J. Kojima, T. A. Cooper, B. C. Bastin, L. Wojakiewicz, R. L. Kallenbach, F. N. Schrick, and J. C. Waller. 2014. A single nucleotide polymorphism in the dopamine receptor D2 gene may be informative for resistance to fescue toxicosis in Angus-based cattle. Animal Biotechnology 25(1):1-12.

  • Hamill, J. J., J. J. Sunderland, A. K. LeBlanc, C. J. Kojima, J. Wall, and E. B. Martin. 2013. Evaluation of CT-based lean-body SUV. Medical Physics, 40(9):092504.

  • Pighetti, G. M., C. J. Kojima, M. Rambeaud, and L. Wojakiewicz. 2012. The bovine CXCR1 gene is highly polymorphic. Veterinary Immunology Immunopathology, 2012 Jan 15;145(1-2):464-70. PMID 22056270.

  • Cooper, T. A., Jenkins, S. J., L. Wojakiewicz, H. G. Kattesh, and C. J. Kojima. 2011. Effects of weaning and syndyphalin-33 on expression of melanocortinergic appetite-regulating genes in swine. Domest Anim Endocrinol. 40(3):165-72.

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