Dr. Henry Kattesh 


Dr. Henry G. Kattesh





2506 River Drive
234 Brehm Animal Science Building
Knoxville, Tennessee 37996
Phone: (865) 974-7250
Fax: (865) 974-7297
email: hkattesh@utk.edu













Ph.D., Virginia Tech, Stress/Reproductive Physiology, 1979

M.S., Ohio State University, Reproductive Physiology, 1975

B.S., Ohio State University, Animal Science, 1973



Professional Interest: Stress Physiology/Endocrinology/Reproductive Physiology

Photo collage of Dr. Hank KatteshFood producing animals are exposed daily to environmental and management related stressors that have the capacity to disrupt homeostasis, reduce performance, and affect animal well-being. The measurable biological variables and criteria that would be useful in predicting acceptable well-being are illusive at best. Changes in plasma cortisol levels have typically been used as a biological indicator of a stress response. The majority of cortisol in the blood is bound to a specific carrier protein known as corticosteroid-binding globulin, or CBG. Previously, my laboratory demonstrated that gilts acclimated to heat stress had lower plasma cortisol and CBG levels, and that CBG may serve as a more precise indicator of a chronic stress response than cortisol levels alone. Utilizing purified porcine CBG we developed a specific assay to document age-related changes in plasma levels of CBG, as well as liver CBG mRNA in the pig prior to and following birth. We have extended our investigations on the physiological importance of CBG to include studies performed in both cattle and horses.  The goal of this research is to gain an understanding of the controlling factors of CBG synthesis, which may lead to the development of strategies for preparing animals physiologically to impending stressful events. In addition, my laboratory has incorporated the measurement of behavioral responses to supplement the physiological measures to more fully understand cause and affect relationships involved in animal well-being.


  • Pighetti, G. M., L. Wojakiewicz, S. I. Headrick, O. Kerro Dego, S. S. Lockwood, H. G. Kattesh, M. J. Lewis, C. D. Young, L. J. Siebert, B. E. Gillespie, M. E. Prado, R. A. Almeida, and S. P. Oliver. 2017. Vaccination with recombinant Streptococcus uberis adhesion molecule (rSUAM) alters cytokine profiles during experimental challenge. J. Vet. & Dairy Sci.

  • Lockwood, S. A., H. G. Kattesh,J. D. Rhinehart, L. G. Strickland, J. B. Wilkerson, P. D. Krawczel, F.D. Kirkpatrick, and A. M. Saxton. 2016. Relationships among temperament, acute and chronic cortisol concentrations, and breeding soundness during performance testing of bulls. Theriogenology. 89:140-45.
  • Campistol, C, H. G. Kattesh, J. C. Waller, E. L. Rawls, J. D. Arthington, J. A. Carroll, G. M. Pighetti, and A. M. Saxton. 2016. Effects of pre-weaning feed supplementation and total versus fenceline weaning on the physiology and performance of beef steers. Int. J. Livest. Prod. 7(8):48-54.

  • Lockwood, S. A., H. G. Kattesh, P. D. Krawczel, F. D. Kirkpatrick, A. M. Saxton, J. D. Rhinehart, and J. B. Wilkerson. 2015. Relationships among temperament, behavior, and growth during performance testing of bulls. J. Anim. Sci. 93:5856-62.

  • Campistol, C., H. G. Kattesh, J. C. Waller, E. L. Rawls, J. D. Arthington, T. E. Engle, J. A. Carroll, G. M. Pighetti, and A. M. Saxton. 2013. Effects of two-stage and total vs. fenceline weaning on the physiology and performance of beef steers. Prof. Anim. Sci. 29:501-07.

  • Chung, K. M., M. O. Smith, and H. G. Kattesh. 2012. The influence of double interspiking on production and behavior in broiler breeder flocks in elevated temperature conditions. J. Appl. Poult. Res. 21:63-9.

  • Lay, D. C., H. G. Kattesh, J. E. Cunnick, M. J. Daniels, G. Kranendonk, K. A. McMunn, M. J. Toscano, and M. P. Roberts.  2011.  Effect of prenatal stress on subsequent response to mixing stress and a lipopolysaccharide challenge in pigs. J. Anim. Sci. 89:1787-94.