Participating Faculty
John McNamara
Name:John McNamara
Department:Animal Sciences and Nutrition Program, WSU
Credentials:1982~Ph.D., University of Georgia
Office:Clark 233
Mailing Address:

Washington State University
PO Box 646320
Pullman WA 99164-6320

Research Interests

Lactation Systems Biology, Bio-mathematical Models

Research Summary

The objective of my program is to define the endocrine and biochemical regulation of nutrient metabolism and reproduction during lactation. Work includes transcriptomic and endocrine regulation of adipose tissue metabolism in lactating cows and pigs. Present focus is on transcriptomic adaptations to lactation, control of adipose metabolic flux and cytokine production. Nutrigenomic data are used to integrate into bio-mathematical systems biology models integrating genetics, metabolism in the whole animal. Animal models studied include dairy cattle and pigs. Funding has come from NIH, USDA (CSREES), National Pork Producers Council, Washington State Dairy Products Commission, Hatch funds, and Private Industry.

Research Publications

Selected 2006-2011

McNamara, J. P. 2013. Food Composition. Handbook of Nutrition and Food, Third Edition, in press. CRC Press.

Gregorini, P. G., P. Beukes, M. Hanigan, G. Waghorn,, S. Muetzel and J. P. McNamara. 2013.  Comparison of updates to the Molly cow model to predict methane production from dairy cows fed pasture. J. Dairy Sci 96:xxx, in press

Rocco, S.M. and J. P. McNamara. 2013. Regulation of bovine adipose tissue metabolism during lactation. 7.  Metabolism and gene expression as a function of genetic merit and dietary energy intake. J. Dairy Sci. 96:epub ahead of print.

Khan, M., and A. Hosseini, S. Burrell, S. M. Rocco, J. P. McNamara and J. Loor. 2013. Change in subcutaneous adipose tissue metabolism and gene network expression during the transition period in dairy cows, including differences due to sire genetic merit.  Journal of Dairy Science. 96:2171-2182.

McNamara, J. P. 2012. A systems approach to integrating genetics, nutrition and metabolic McNamara, J. P. 2012. Integrating nutritional, genetic and reproductive management in early lactation dairy cattle. J. Anim. Sci. 90:1846-1854.

McNamara, J. P. 2012. A systems approach to integrating genetics, nutrition and metabolic efficiency in dairy cattle. Proc. Soc. Nutr. Physiol. (2012):20-29.

McNamara, J. P. (2011) Body Condition Score, Techniques and Measures.  In: Encyclopedia of Dairy Sciences, 2nd Ed, Pp 163-168.

McNamara, J. P. (2011).  Body Condition Score, Effects on health, milk production and reproduction. In: Encyclopedia of Dairy Sciences 2nd Ed,. Pp168-173.

McNamara, J. P. and J. M. Gay (2011).  Metabolic Diseases:  Acidosis/Laminitis. In:  Encyclopedia of Dairy Sciences, 2nd Ed, Pp 843-849.

Sumner-Thomson, J. M., J. L. Vierck and J. P. Mcnamara. (2011). Differential expression of genes in adipose tissue of first-lactation dairy cattle. J. Dairy Sci. 94(1): 361-369.

McNamara, J. P., 2010. Integrating transcriptomic regulation into models of nutrient metabolism in agricultural animals.  Pp 27-37  in Energy and Protein Metabolism and Nutrition, EAAP Pub. No. 127, Wageningen Academic Press, G. Matteo Cravetto, Ed. Plenary lecture at ISEP meetings, Parma, Italy, Sept. 2010.

McNamara, J.P.  2010. Nutrigenomics for improved reproduction, Chapter 19 in Reproductive Genomics in Domestic Animals by Jiang, Z. and T. Ott, eds. Elsevier

Schactschneider, C., Youngquist, A., Rocco, S. M., Vierck, J. L. and J. P. McNamara. 2009. Regulation of dairy cattle adipose tissue metabolism by adrenergic control systems and gene transcription mechanisms dictating increased overall efficiency. Proceedings of the 12th International Symposium on Ruminant Digestion and Physiology,  Clermont-Ferrand eds: Y. Chilliard, F. Glasser, Y. Faulconnier, F. Bocquier, I. Veissier, M. Doreau,   Wageningen Acad. Press.

Schactschneider, C., Youngquist, A., Rocco, S. M., Vierck, J. L. and J. P. McNamara 2009. Using a dynamic metabolic model to investigate patterns of nutrient flux in the most efficient dairy animals and to integrate gene expression data into metabolic control.  Proceedings of the 7th International workshop on modelling nutrient utilization in farm animals. Paris. CABI

McNamara, J.P., ASAS Centennial Paper: The future of teaching and research in companion animal biology in departments of animal sciences. J Anim Sci, 2009. 87(1): p. 447-54.

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