Robert J. Kemppainen, DVM, PhD
Professor, Physiology and Pharmacology
Department of Anatomy, Physiology and Pharmacology
Director, Endocrine Diagnostic Service
Dr. Robert Kemppainen, Professor of Physiology and Pharmacology, joined the Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1982. He received a DVM degree from Michigan State University and a PhD in endocrine physiology from the University of Georgia in 1982. Dr. Kemppainen is also the Director of the Endocrine Diagnostic Laboratory at the Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine.
- Daniels Award for Excellence in the Advancement of Knowledge in Small Animal Endocrinology, 1992, 1995, 1998.
- Alumni Professor, Auburn University, 1992-1997
- Ralston Purina Award for Small Animal Research, 1991
- Beecham Award for Research Excellence, Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine, 1990
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.
Director of the Endocrine Diagnostic Service, located in the Department. Provides hormone testing for veterinarians in practice. Research in this area includes development of improved methods to diagnose endocrine disease in dogs and cats.
Dr. Kemppainen assists in teaching Veterinary Physiology II to first year veterinary students and graduate students. He also teaches in the Endocrine System course in the third year.