Dr. Ákos Kenéz is Assistant Professor of Veterinary Physiology at the Department of Infectious Diseases and Public Health. In this position, he coordinates and co-teaches the multidisciplinary Function and Dysfunction course of the Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine programme, which is based on the curriculum of the College of Veterinary Medicine at Cornell University and integrates physiology, pathophysiology, clinical pathology and pharmacology. Further, he works on basic research projects focussing on metabolic health in livestock animals, particularly using metabolomics as a way to explore currently unknown mechanisms of metabolic regulation.
Ákos graduated with a DVM (Doctor of Veterinary Medicine) degree from the University of Veterinary Medicine Budapest, Hungary, and received his PhD degree from the University of Veterinary Medicine Hannover, Germany, after completing his research on metabolic responses of the adipose tissue in dairy cows. During his postdoctoral years at the University of Hohenheim in Stuttgart, Germany, he worked with metabolomics techniques to explain metabolic changes associated with dietary interventions or with pathophysiology in cattle, poultry and horses.
Ákos’ research is focussed on defining molecular mechanisms that drive metabolic integrity or metabolic dysregulation in livestock animals by using metabolomics techniques. The aim of this work is to explore metabolic pathways that ensure high production efficiency and metabolic health at the same time. His current work includes a study to characterize metabolic regulatory mechanisms of a healthy transition from gestation to lactation in dairy cows.
Within this concept, Ákos’ field of interest includes, but is not limited to various aspects of:
- Metabolic fine-tuning mechanisms, including ways of intracellular signalling and cross-talk between organs
- Ways of metabolic dysregulation, such as insulin resistance, mitochondrial dysfunction, oxidative stress, adiposity, inflammation
- Nutrient partitioning, particularly as a function of homeorhetic adaptation
- Further production-associated metabolic challenges in livestock species
- Application of metabolomics for phenotyping and biomarker discovery, bioinformatics and systems biology