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Kimberly Vonnahme

Kim Vonnahme








 Kim Vonnahme
Associate Professor

Office: 181 Hultz Hall
Phone: (701) 231-5883
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Research interests:

Reproductive Physiology
Nutritional impacts on fetal and placental growth
Placental vascularization

PhD, Reproductive Physiology - University of Wyoming , 2003
MS, Animal Science- Oklahoma State University , 1998
BS, Animal Science- Iowa State University , 1996

Courses taught:
ANSC 463 Physiology of Reproduction
ANSC 464 Reproductive Management
Independent Study-Research in Reproduction

Recent Publications:

  1. Neville, T.L, A.M. Meyer, A. Reyaz, D.A. Redmer, P.P. Borowicz, L. P. Reynolds, J.S. Caton, and K.A. Vonnahme. 2013. Effects of dietary selenium and nutritional plane during gestation on mammary gland growth, cellular proliferation, and vascularity in ewe lambs. Journal of Animal Science Biotechnology. 4:6 (
  2. Meyer, A.M., T.L. Neville, J.J. Reed, J.B. Taylor, L.P. Reynolds, D.A. Redmer, C.J. Hammer, K.A. Vonnahme, and J.S. Caton. 2013. Maternal nutritional place and selenium supply during gestation impacts visceral organ mass and intestinal growth and vascularity of neonatal lamb offspring. Journal of Animal Science. Epub ahead of print:
  3. Vonnahme, K.A., T.L. Neville, L.A. Lekatz, L.P. Reynolds, C.J. Hammer, D.A. Redmer, and J.S. Caton. 2013. Thyroid hormones and cortisol concentrations in offspring are influenced by maternal supranutritional selenium and nutritional plane in sheep. Nutrition and Metabolic Insights. 6:11-21.
  4. Vonnahme, K.A., C.O. Lemley, P. Shukla, and S. T. O’Rourke. 2013. Placental programming: How the maternal environment can impact placental function. Journal of Animal Science. In press. INVITED REVIEW.
  5. Reynolds, L. P., K. A. Vonnahme, C. O. Lemley, D. A. Redmer, A. T. Grazul-Bilska, P. P. Borowicz, and J. S. Caton. 2013. INVITED REVIEW. Maternal stress and placental vascular function and remodeling. Current Vascular Pharmacology. Hot topic issue ‘Uteroplacental Circulation and Fetal Vascular Function and Development’. L. Zhang (ed.). (In Press).
  6. Lekatz, L.A., J.S. Luther, J.S. Caton, and K.A. Vonnahme. 2013. Impacts of maternal nutritional plane on umbilical artery hemodynamics, fetal and placentome growth in sheep. Animal Reproduction. Accepted 04/26/2013.
  7. Mottet, R.S, C.O. Lemley, K.A. Vonnahme, and E.L. Berg. 2013. Lipoic acid decreases progesterone clearance in the ovariectomized ewe. Animal Reproduction. Accepted with revision on 3/20/2013.
  8. Vonnahme, K.A., T.L. Neville, G.A. Perry, L.P. Reynolds, D.A. Redmer, and J.S. Caton. 2013. Maternal diet alters organ mass, and endocrine and metabolic profiles in pregnant ewe lambs. Submitted to Animal Reproduction Science.
  9. Yunusova, R., T.L. Neville, K.A. Vonnahme, C.J. Hammer, J.J. Reed, J.B. Taylor, D.A. Redmer, L.P. Reynolds, J.S. Caton. 2013. Impacts of maternal selenium supply and nutritional plane on visceral tissues and intestinal biology in offspring. Journal of Animal Science. Epub ahead of print:
  10. Lemley, C.O., L.E. Camacho, A.M. Meyer, M. Kapphahn, J.S. Caton, and K.A. Vonnahme. 2013. Dietary melatonin supplementation alters fetal amino acids consumption during intrauterine growth restriction in ewes. Animal. Accepted. April 1, 2013.
  11. Grant, J. K., P. L. Steichen, C. L. Wright, K.A. Vonnahme, M. L. Bauer, J.S. Jennings, and G. A. Perry.  2013. Influence of nitrogen and sulfur intake on bovine uterine pH throughout the luteal phase. Journal of Animal Science. 91:1186-1192.
  12. Harris, E.K., E.P. Berg, E.K. Berg, and K.A. Vonnahme. 2013. Effect of maternal activity during gestation on maternal behavior, fetal growth, umbilical blood flow, and farrowing characteristics in pigs. Journal of Animal Science. 91:734-744.
  13. Vonnahme, K.A. 2012. How the maternal environment impacts fetal and placental development: implications for livestock production. INVITED REVIEW. Animal Reproduction. 9:789-797.
  14. Ilse, B.R., V.L. Anderson, D.S. Buchanan, K.G. Odde, G.P. Lardy, and K.A. Vonnahme. 2012. Short communication: Growth and attainment of puberty in calves from cows supplemented with linseed meal during gestation and early lactation. Canadian Journal of Animal Sciences. 92:443-447.
  15. Ilse, B.R., M.R. O’Neil, G.P. Lardy, L.P. Reynolds, and K.A. Vonnahme. 2012. Impacts of linseed meal and estradiol-17β on cellularity, angiogenic factor mRNA expression, and vascularity of the uterus in ovariectomized ewes. Canadian Journal of Animal Science. 92:297-306.
  16. Meyer, A.M., J.J. Reed, T.L. Neville, J.B. Taylor, L.P. Reynolds, D.A. Redmer, K.A. Vonnahme, and J.S. Caton. 2012. Effects of nutritional plane and selenium supply during gestation on visceral organ mass and indices of intestinal growth and vascularity in primiparous ewes at parturition and early lactation. Journal of Animal Science. 90:2733-2749.
  17. Grazul-Bilska, A.T., E. Borowczyk, J.J. Bilski, L.P. Reynolds, D.A. Redmer, J.S. Caton, and K.A. Vonnahme. 2012. Overfeeding and underfeeding have detrimental effects on oocyte quality measured by in vitro fertilization and early embryonic development in sheep. Domestic Animal Endocrinology. 43:289-298.
  18. Einarsson, J.I., K.A. Vonnahme, and A. T. Grazul-Bilska. 2012. Barbed vs standard suture: effects on cellular composition and proliferation of the healing wound in the ovine uterus. Acta Obstetricia et Gynecologica Scandinavica. 91:613-619.
  19. Camacho, L.E., A.M. Meyer, T.L. Neville, C.J. Hammer, D.A. Redmer, L.P. Reynolds, J.S Caton, and K.A. Vonnahme. 2012. Neonatal hormone changes and growth in lambs born to dams receiving differing dietary intakes and Se levels during gestation. Reproduction. 144:23-35.
  20. Lemley, C.O., A.M. Meyer, L.E. Camacho, T.L. Neville, D.J. Newman, J.S. Caton, and K.A. Vonnahme. 2012. Melatonin supplementation alters uteroplacental hemodynamics and fetal development in an ovine model of intrauterine growth restriction (IUGR). American Journal of Physiology 302:R454-R467.
  21. Wang, H, J. Zhao, Y. Huang, X. Yan, A.M. Meyer, M. Du, K.A. Vonnahme, L.P. Reynolds, J.S. Caton, and M.J. Zhu. 2012. Effects of maternal plane of nutrition and elevated dietary selenium in first parity ewes on inflammatory response in the ovine neonatal gut. Journal of Animal Science. 90:325-333.
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