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Kolapo Ajuwon

Animal Sciences 

  • Associate Professor of Animal Sciences
LILY Room 3-236
915 W. State St.
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2054

Area of Expertise: Adipose Biology/Nutritional Physiology

Education: B.S., Obafemi Awolowo University, Nigeria; M.S. and Ph.D., Purdue University
Post-doctoral Training: Purdue University

Research Program


ANSC 53700 - Adipocyte Biology
ANSC 62600 (F&N 60600) - Nutritional Biochemistry and Physiology II

News Releases

Ag Research Spotlight: Kola Ajuwon - Agricultural Research at Purdue, September 2014

Taking on a Leadership Role: Purdue Ag scientists work for the good of people - and animals - Purdue Agricultures magazine, Winter 2013

It's not just about animals: Research benefits extend to human health - Purdue Agricultures magazine, Winter 2011


Selected Publications

Banz, W., Strader, A., Ajuwon, K., Hou, Y., Meyers, C., & Davis, J. (2012). (+)-Z-Bisdehydrodoisynolic acid enhances basal metabolism and fatty acid oxidation in female obese Zucker rats. Journal of Obesity, 2012, 154145.

Adeola, O., Schinckel, A. P., Einstein, M., & Ajuwon, K. (2012). Accretion rates and efficiency of amino acid utilization during the twenty-nine days post-hatch period in male ducks. Japanese Poultry Science, 49, 99-85.

Adapala, V., Ward, M. D., & Ajuwon, K. (2012). Adipose tissue biglycan as a potential antiinflammatory target of sodium salicylate in mice fed a high fat diet. Journal of Inflammation, 9(1), 15.

Ward, M., & Ajuwon, K. (2012). Biglycan Deletion Alters Adiponectin Expression in Murine Adipose Tissue and 3T3-L1 Adipocytes. PLOS One, 7(11), 50554.

Lu, H., Su, S., & Ajuwon, K. (in press). Butyrate supplementation to gestating sows and piglets induces muscle and adipose tissue oxidative genes and improves growth performance. Journal of Animal Science.

Schinckel, A. P., Einstein, M., Ajuwon, K., & Adeola, O. (in press). Characterization of whole body compositional growth of male ducks during the twenty-nine days post-hatch period, Canadian Journal of Animal Science, in press. Canadian Journal of Animal Science.

Atkinson, R., Walker, P., Reader, S., Carmack, J., Ajuwon, K., Lake, S., Wiegand, B., . . . Foster, L. (2012). Effect of low-fat corn distillers grains fed at 40 and 70% inclusion on growth performance and meat quality of steers. Professional Animal Scientist, 28, 41-55.

Adedokun, S., Ajuwon, K., Romero, L., & Adeola, O. (2012). Ileal endogenous amino acid losses: Response of broiler chickens to fiber and mild coccidial vaccine challenge. Poultry Science, 91, 899-907.

Adapala, J., Adedokun, S., Considine, R., & Ajuwon, K. (in press). Acute inflammation plays a limited role in the regulation of adipose tissue COL1A1 protein abundance. J Nutr Biochem.

Ajuwon, K. (2011). Novel anti-inflammatory role of SLPI in adipose tissue and its regulation by high fat diet. Journal of Inflammation, 8(5). Retrieved from