Research Interests: To understand the mechanism for glucocorticoid negative feedback regulation of ACTH secretion. We have identified a gene, Dexras1, that is rapidly up-regulated in pituitary in response to glucocorticoids and are trying to determine its role in mediating steroid feedback.
Clinical/Service Interests: Director of the Endocrine Diagnostic Service, located in the Department. Provides hormone testing for veterinarians in practice. Research in this area include development of improved methods to diagnose endocrine disease in dogs and cats.
Teaching Responsibilities: Dr. Kemppainen assists in teaching Physiology II to first year veterinary students and graduate students. He also teaches in the Endocrine System course in the third year.