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Karen I Plaut

College of Agriculture Administration 

  • Dean of Ag/Prof Animal Sciences

Animal Sciences 

  • Professor of Animal Sciences


As dean, Dr. Plaut is responsible for administering academic programs in the College of Agriculture, the Indiana Agricultural Experiment Station, the Purdue Cooperative Extension Service and a number of state regulatory services. In addition to her administrative role, Dr. Plaut is also Professor of Animal Sciences and has an active research program in mammary gland biology. Prior to her appointment as dean, she was Senior Associate Dean for Research and Faculty Affairs in the College of Agriculture.

Dr. Plaut received her B.S. in animal science from the University of Vermont, an M.S. in animal nutrition from Pennsylvania State University and a Ph.D. in animal science from Cornell University.  Her postdoctoral studies were completed at the National Cancer Institute at NIH.  Before coming to Purdue she was on faculty at the University of Vermont and Michigan State University serving as Chair of the Department of Animal Sciences at both institutions.  She also spent a few years working with NASA as Lead Scientist for the International Space Station.

Selected Publications

Suarez-Trujillo, A., Wernert, G., Sun, H., Steckler, T. S., Huff, K., Cummings, S., . . . Casey, T. M. (2020). Exposure to chronic light-dark phase shifts during the prepartum nonlactating period attenuates circadian rhythms, decreases blood glucose, and increases milk yield in the subsequent lactation. Journal of dairy science. doi:10.3168/jds.2019-16980

Patel, O. V., Casey, T. M., & Plaut, K. I. (2019). Profiling solute-carrier transporters in key metabolic tissues during the postpartum evolution of mammary epithelial cells from nonsecretory to secretory. Physiological Genomics, 51(11), 539-552. doi:10.1152/physiolgenomics.00058.2019

Casey, T. M., Sun, H., Burgess, H. J., Crodian, J. S., Dowden, S., Cummings, S., . . . Ahmed, A. H. (2019). Delayed Lactogenesis II is Associated With Lower Sleep Efficiency and Greater Variation in Nightly Sleep Duration in the Third Trimester. Journal of Human Lactation, 089033441983099. doi:10.1177/0890334419830991

Ahmed, A. H., Hui, S., Crodian, J. S., Plaut, K. I., Haas, D., Zhang, L., & Casey, T. M. (2019). Relationship Between Sleep Quality, Depression Symptoms, and Blood Glucose in Pregnant Women. Western Journal of Nursing Research, 019394591880971. doi:10.1177/0193945918809714

Suarez-Trujillo, A., Chen, Y., Aduwari, C., Cummings, S., Kuang, S., Buhman, K. K., . . . Casey, T. M. (2019). Maternal high-fat diet exposure during gestation, lactation, or gestation and lactation differentially affects intestinal morphology and proteome of neonatal mice. Nutrition research (New York, N.Y.), 66, 48-60. doi:10.1016/j.nutres.2019.03.014

Casey, T. M., Plaut, K. I., Kalyesubula, M., Shamay, A., Sabastian, C., Wein, Y., . . . Mabjeesh, S. J. (2018). Mammary core clock gene expression is impacted by photoperiod exposure during the dry period in goats. Journal of Applied Animal Research, 46(1), 1214-1219. doi:10.1080/09712119.2018.1486317

Chen, Y., Wang, J., Yang, S., Utturkar, S., Crodian, J. S., Cummings, S., . . . Casey, T. M. (2017). The Effect of High Fat Diet on Secreted Milk Transcriptome in Mid-lactation Mice. Physiological genomics, physiolgenomics.00080.2017. doi:10.1152/physiolgenomics.00080.2017

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