Anita M. Oberbauer

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Professor & Chair of the Department of Animal Science


Animal Science

Offices and Labs

2223B Meyer Hall

Profile Introduction

Molecular and cellular regulation of bone growth; genetic conditions of dogs and cattle


1985 PhD Animal Science Cornell University
1980 BS Zoology University of California, Davis

Research Interests

Molecular and cellular regulation of bone growth; genetic disorders in the dog


2002 UC Davis Academic Senate Distinguished Teaching Award
2004 American Society of Animal Science Companion Animal Biology Award
2006 American Society of Animal Science Western Section Distinguished Teaching Award
2011 Consortium for Women & Research Outstanding Mentor Award


International Bone & Mineral Society
American Society of Animal Science

CBS Grad Group Affiliations

Molecular, Cellular, and Integrative Physiology
Integrated Genetics and Genomics

Specialties / Focus

Integrated Genetics and Genomics
  • Animal Genomics
Molecular, Cellular, and Integrative Physiology
  • Molecular Physiology
  • Endocrinology
  • Domestic Animal Physiology

Graduate Groups not Housed in CBS

Animal Biology


ANS 42 Companion Animal Biology (Winter)
ANS 142 Companion Animal Care and Management (Fall)


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    Oberbauer AM. 2014. The Influence of Growth Hormone on Bone and Adipose Programming. Adv Exp Med Biol 814:169-176.

  • Oberbauer AM, Belanger JM, Rincon G, Cánovas A, Islas-Trejo A, Gularte-Mérida R, Thomas MG, Medrano JF. 2013. Bovine and murine tissue expression of insulin like growth factor-I. Gene Dec 11. pii: S0378-1119(13)01615-6. doi: 10.1016/j.gene.2013.11.089

  • Lit L, Belanger JM, Boehm D, Lybarger N, Haverbeke A, Diederich C, Oberbauer AM. 2013. Characterization of a dopamine transporter polymorphism and behavior in Belgian Malinois. BMC Genet. 2013 May 30;14:45. doi: 10.1186/1471-2156-14-45.

  • Rincon G, Tengvall K, Belanger JM, Lagoutte L, Medrano JF, André C, Thomas A, Lawley CT, Hansen MST, Lindblad-Toh K, Oberbauer AM. 2011. Comparison of buccal and blood-derived canine DNA, either native or whole genome amplified, for array-based genome-wide association studies. BMC Research Notes. 4:226
  • Seppälä EH,. Koskinen L, Gulløv CH, Jokinen P, Karlskov-Mortensen, P, Bergamasco L, Baranowska I, Cizinauskas S, Oberbauer AM, Berendt M, Fredholm M, Lohi H. 2012. Identification of an idiopathic epilepsy locus in the Belgian Shepherd. PLoS ONE 7(3): e33549. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0033549
  • Bellumori T, Famula TR, Bannasch DL, Belanger JM, Oberbauer AM. 2013. Prevalence of Inherited Canine Disorders among Mixed Breed and Purebred Dogs. Journal American Veterinary Medical Association. 242:1549–1555

  • Oberbauer AM, Murray JD, German JB. 2011. Growth hormone enhances arachidonic acid metabolites in the oMT1a-oGH transgenic mouse. Lipids. 46:495-504.
  • Graham TW, J Breher, TB Farver, JS Cullor, ME Kehrli, AM Oberbauer. 2010. Biological markers of neonatal calf performance: the relationship of insulin-like growth factor-I, zinc, and copper to poor neonatal growth. J Anim Science. 88(8):2585-93.
  • Lit L, JB Schweitzer, D Marzke, AM Oberbauer. 2010. Certification testing as an acute naturalistic stressor for disaster dog handlers. Stress
  • Lit L, JB Schweitzer, AM Iosif, AM Oberbauer. 2010. Owner reports of attention, activity, and impulsivity in dogs: A replication study. Behavioral and Brain Functions. Behav Brain Funct. 6:1.
  • Lit L, JB Schweitzer, AM Oberbauer AM. 2010. Characterization of human-dog social interaction using owner report Behav Processes. 2010 Apr 30.
  • Evans KD, LE Sheppard, SH Rao, RB Martin, AM Oberbauer. 2009 Pamidronate Alters the Growth Plate in the Oim Mouse Model for Osteogenesis Imperfecta Int J Biomed Sci 2009 Volume 5: 345-352
  • Evans KD, AM Oberbauer. 2008. Spatiotemporal localization of VEGF-A isoforms throughout the epiphyseal growth plate of postnatal mice. Anatomical Record 291: 6-13
  • Oberbauer AM, SR Hollingsworth, JM Belanger, KR Regan, TR Famula. 2008. Inheritance of Cataracts and Primary Lens Luxation in the Jack Russell Terrier. American Journal Veterinary Research. 69:222-7.
  • Rao SH, KD Evans, AM Oberbauer, RB Martin. 2008. Bisphosphonate treatment in the oim mouse model alters bone modeling during growth. J Biomechanics. 41:3371-6
  • Smith LB, DL Bannasch, AE Young, DI Grossman, JM Belanger, AM Oberbauer. 2008. Canine Fibroblast Growth Factor Receptor 3 sequence is conserved across dogs of divergent skeletal size. BMC Genetics BMC Genetics 2008, 9:67doi:10.1186/1471-2156-9-67
  • Smith LB, MR Dally, RD Sainz, KL Rodrigue, AM Oberbauer. 2006. Enhanced skeletal growth of sheep heterozygous for an inactivated Fibroblast Growth Factor Receptor 3. J Anim Sci 84:2942-2949.
  • Oberbauer AM, JS Bell, JM Belanger, TR Famula. 2006. Genetic evaluation of addisons disease in the Portuguese Water Dog. BMC Veterinary Research 2:15
  • Cruickshank J, R. Peng, DI Grossman, TR Famula, AM Oberbauer. 2005. Spatial distribution of growth hormone receptor, insulin like growth factor I receptor, and apoptotic chondrocytes during growth plate development. Journal of Endocrinology 184: 543-53.
  • Thomas A, JD Murray, AM Oberbauer. 2005 Transgene transmission to progeny by oMt1a-oGH transgenic mice. Transgenic Research. 14:441-448.
  • Oberbauer, AM, Runstadler JA, Murray JD and PJ Havel. 2001. Obesity and elevated plasma leptin concentration in oMt1a-oGrowth hormone transgenic mice. Obesity Research. 9:51-58