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Researcher: Dhanansayan Shanmuganayagam

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Areas of Expertise
  • Health
  • Nutrition
  • Genetics
  • Humane management practices
  • Animal agriculture and biology
  • Meat and muscle biology
  • Environmental impact
  • Development and utilization of novel swine models of human disease for elucidating mechanisms and discovering targets for development of diagnostic and therapeutic technologies
  • Human nutrition and biochemistry
  • Interconnection between genetics, physiology, and nutrition
  • Commonality between the pathophysiology of various chronic diseases
  • Aging
  • Caloric restriction
Web Site Dhanansayan  Shanmuganayagam's Department of Animal Sciences Website
Curriculum Vitae (CV)
Issued Patent(s)
USPTO Published Applications
  • 20140200266 - Tannin-containing gastrointestinal formulations and methods of use, published July 2014.
  • 20050129790 - Polyphenol-containing stem and vine extracts and methods of use, published June 2005.
Recent Publication(s)
  • Translational relevance of swine models of spinal cord injury. Schomberg DT, Miranpuri GS, Chopra A, Patel K, Meudt JJ, Tellez A, Resnick DK, Shanmuganayagam D. J Neurotrauma. 2016 Aug 25. [Epub ahead of print]

  • Miniature swine for preclinical modeling of complexities of human disease for translational scientific discovery and accelerated development of therapies and medical devices. Schomberg DT, Tellez A, Meudt JJ, Brady DA, Dillon KN, Arowolo FK, Wicks J, Rousselle SD, Shanmuganayagam D. Toxicol Pathol. 2016 Apr;44(3):299-314. doi: 10.1177/0192623315618292. Epub 2016 Feb 2.

  • Development of aortic valve disease in familial hypercholesterolemic swine: Implications for elucidating disease etiology. Porras AM, Shanmuganayagam D, Meudt JJ, Krueger CG, Hacker TA, Rahko PS, Reed JD, Masters KS. J Am Heart Assoc. 2015 Oct 27;4(10):e002254. doi: 10.1161/JAHA.115.002254. Erratum in: J Am Heart Assoc. 2016 Jan;5(1). pii: e002007. doi: 10.1161/JAHA.115.002007.

  • Plasma diacylglycerol composition is a biomarker of metabolic syndrome onset in rhesus monkeys. Polewski MA, Burhans MS, Zhao M, Colman RJ, Shanmuganayagam D, Lindstrom MJ, Ntambi JM, Anderson RM. J Lipid Res. 2015 Aug;56(8):1461-70. doi: 10.1194/jlr.M057562. Epub 2015 Jun 10.

View Dhanansayan Shanmuganayagam's publications at PubMed.
Recent Artistic Works
  • Intra-University Collaboration: Biomedical Engineering, Food Science, Veterinary Medicine
  • University of Dusseldorf, Cardiology
  • Columbia University, Medicine
  • New York University, Medicine
Research Tools
Research Facilities
E-mail Address [email protected]
Phone Number 608-890-1332
Current University UW–Madison
Department Animal Sciences
Title Assistant Professor
Other Appointments
Address Line 1 256, H6/379 Animal Science Building
Address Line 2 1675 Observatory Drive
City Madison
State WI
Zip Code 53706
Bachelor's Degree B.S., UW–Madison, Bacteriology, 1997
Master's Degree
PhD Ph.D., UW–Madison, Nutritional Sciences and Bacteriology, 2006
Other Degrees
Technologies Available for Licensing Wisconsin Miniature SwineTM for Biomedical Research

Wisconsin Miniature SwineTM for Cardiovascular Research

Tannins Boost Gastrointestinal Immunity