Donald C. Beitz
Charles F. Curtiss Distinguished Professor in Agriculture
Iowa State University
313K Kildee Hall
Ames, IA 50011-3150
Doctor of Philosophy, Michigan State University: 1967
Master of Science, University of Illinois: 1963
Bachelor of Science, University of Illinois: 1962
2008: Distance Education Award (College of Agriculture and Life Sciences)
2007: Pfizer Animal Health Physiology Award (American Dairy Sciences Association)
2006: Fellow (American Society for Nutrition)
2005: Dannon Institute Mentorship Award (American Society of Nutritional Sciences)
2005: Robert W. Parks Honors Program Award (Honors Student Board)
2004: Award for Excellence in Honors Teaching (ISU University Honors Committee)
2004: Team Award (ISU College of Agriculture)
2003: William P. Switzer Award (ISU College of Veterinary Medicine)
2002: Research Award (College of Agriculture)
2001: Fellow (American Dairy Science Association)
2001: Fellow (American Society of Animal Science)
2001: Professor of the Year (ISU College of Agriculture)
Dr. Beitz's teaching responsibilities include a seminar in animal nutrition, physiological chemistry, an agricultural biotechnology colloquium, and general biochemistry.
Dr. Beitz's research activities include the etiology and prevention of ketosis in dairy cows, role of animal-derived foods, other dietary ingredients, and a cholesterol reductase-containing microbe on cholesterol homeostasis in animals and humans, and nutritional and genetic control of milk and meat animal composition. Dr. Beitz’s research program is related to the biochemistry and physiology of nutrition and is conducted partly as a joint effort with animal and human nutritionists.
Study of the etiology and prevention of fatty liver and ketosis is a major emphasis of Beitz’s research program. The technology to use glucagon to treat and prevent fatty liver and ketosis in peripartal dairy cattle is being developed.
A second project involves studies of using a probiotic to prevent and treat Johne’s disease.
A third major project is designed to evaluate the role of specific regulators of fat deposition in beef cattle and of milk fat synthesis by dairy cattle. Nutritional and genetic impacts on milk and meat composition with emphasis on fatty acids and the subsequent eating qualities of dairy and meat products are being evaluated. Role of oxidative stress in fat deposition of animals is being studied.
A fourth major project is the technology to use a cholesterol reductase-containing microbe to decrease blood cholesterol. Role of bile acids and lecithins on absorption of lipids is being studied.
A fifth project is a study of dietary and chemical control of production of greenhouse gases (e.g., CH4 and H2S) by livestock.
Dr. Beitz currently has collaborative projects with scientists at the National Animal Disease Center on nutritional immunology and etiology and prevention of Johne’s disease.
Professional Affiliations and Committees
American Dairy Science Association
American Society of Animal Science
American Meat Science Association
American Society for Nutrition
American Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Comparative Nutrition Society
Council of Agricultural Science and Technology
Mao, G., G.A. Kraus, I. Kim, M.E. Spurlock, T.B. Bailey, Q. Zhang, and D.C. Beitz. 2010. A mitochondria-targeted vitamin E derivative decreases hepatic oxidative stress and inhibits fat deposition in mice. J. Nutr. 140:1425-1431.
Osman, M.A., P.S. Allen, G. Bobe, J.F. Coetzee, A. Abuzaid, K. Koehler, and D.C. Beitz. 2010. Chronic metabolic responses of postpartal dairy cows to subcutaneous glucagon injections, oral glycerol, or both. J. Dairy Sci. 93:3505-3512.
Schoonmaker, J. P., A.H. Trenkle, and D.C. Beitz. 2010. Effect of feeding wet distillers grains on performance, marbling deposition, and fatty acid content of beef from steers fed low- or high-forage diets. J. Anim. Sci. 88:3657-3665.
Nelson, C.D., T.A. Reinhardt, D.C. Beitz, and J.D. Lippolis. 2010. In vivo activation of the intracrine vitamin D pathway in innate immune cells and mammary tissue during a bacterial infection. PloS ONE 5:e15469.
Brown, A.W., A.H. Trenkle, and D.C. Beitz. 2011. Diets high in conjugated linoleic acid from pasture-fed cattle did not alter markers of health in young women. Nutr. Res. 31:33-41.
Mao, G., G.A. Kraus, I. Kim, M.E. Spurlock, T.B. Bailey, and D.C. Beitz. 2011. Effect of a mitochondria-targeted vitamin E derivative on mitochondrial alteration and systemic oxidative stress in mice. Br. J. Nutr. 106:87-95.
Garmyn, A.J., G.G. Hilton, R.G. Mateescu, J.B. Morgan, J.M. Reecy, R.G. Tait, Jr., D.C. Beitz, Q. Duan, J.P. Schoonmaker, M.S. Mayes, M.E. Drewnoski, Q. Liu, and D.L. VanOverbeke. 2011. Estimation of relationships between mineral concentration and fatty acid composition of longissimus muscle and beef palatability traits. J. Anim. Sci. 89:2849-2858.
Brown, A.W., M.M. Bohan-Brown, K.L. Onken, and D.C. Beitz. 2011. Short-term consumption of sucralose, a nonnutritive sweetener, is similar to water with regard to select markers of hunger signaling and short-term glucose homeostasis in women. Nutr. Res. 31:882-888.
Nelson, C.D., B.J. Nonnecke, T.A. Reinhardt, W.R. Waters, D.C. Beitz, and J.D. Lippolis. 2011. Regulation of Mycobacterium-specific mononuclear cells responses by 25-hydroxyvitamin D3. PLoS ONE 6:e21674.
Drewnoski, M.E., S.M. Ensley, D.C. Beitz, J.P. Schoonmaker, D.D. Loy, P.M. Imerman, J.A. Rathje, and S.L. Hansen. 2012. Assessment of ruminal hydrogen sulfide or urine thiosulfate as diagnostic tools for sulfur-induced polioencephalomalacia in cattle. J. Vet. Diagn. Invest. 24:702-709.
Duan, Q., R.G. Tait, Jr., M.S. Mayes, D.J. Garrick, Q. Liu, A.L. Van Eenennaam, R.G. Mateescu, D.L. VanOverbeke, A.J. Garmyn, D.C. Beitz, and J.M. Reecy. 2012. Genetic polymorphisms in bovine transferrin receptor 2 (TFR2) and solute carrier family 40 (iron-regulated transporter) member 1 (SLC40A1) genes and their association with beef iron content. Anim. Gen. 43:115-122.
Mateescu, R.G., A.J. Garmyn, M.A. O’Neil, R.G. Tait, Jr., A. Abuzaid, M.S. Mayes, D.J. Garrick, A.L. Van Eenennaam, D.L. VanOverbeke, G.G. Hilton, D.C. Beitz, and J.M. Reecy. 2012. Genetic parameters for carnitine, creatine, creatinine, carnosine, and anserine concentration in longissimus muscle and their association with palatability traits in Angus cattle. J. Anim. Sci. 90:4248-4255.
Buchanan, J.W., A.J. Garmyn, G.G. Hilton, D.L. VanOverbeke, Q. Duan, D.C. Beitz, and R.G. Mateescu. 2013. Comparison of gene expression and fatty acid profiles in concentrate and forage finished beef. J. Anim. Sci. 91:1-9.
Nafikov, R.A., J.P. Schoonmaker, K.T. Korn, K. Noack, D.J. Garrick, K.J. Koehler, J. Minick-Bormann, J.M. Reecy, D.E. Spurlock, and D.C. Beitz. 2013. Sterol regulatory element binding transcription factor 1 (SREBF1) polymorphism and milk fatty acid composition. J. Dairy Sci. 96:1-12.
Bradner, L., S. Robbe-Austerman, D.C. Beitz, and J.R. Stabel. 2013. Chemical decontamination with N-acetyl-L-cysteine-sodium hydroxide improves recovery of viable Mycobacterium avium subsp. paratuberculosis organisms from cultured milk. J. Clin. Microbiol. 51:2139-2146.
Bradner, L., S. Robbe-Austerman, D.C. Beitz, and J.R. Stabel. 2013. Optimization of hexadecylpyridinium chloride decontamination for culture of Mycobacterium avium subsp. paratuberculosis from milk. J. Clin. Microbiol. 51:1575-1577.
Mateescu, R.G., A.J. Garmyn, R.G. Tait, Jr., Q. Duan, Q. Liu, M.S. Mayes, D.J. Garrick, A.L. Van Eenennaam, D.L. VanOverbeke, G.G. Hilton, D.C. Beitz, and J.M. Reecy. 2013. Genetic parameters for concentrations of minerals in longissimus muscle and their associations with palatability traits in Angus cattle. J. Anim. Sci. 91:1067-1075.
Mateescu, R.G., D.J. Garrick, R.G. Tait, Jr., A.J. Garmyn, Q. Duan, Q. Liu, M.S. Mayes, A.L. Van Eenennaam, D.L. VanOverbeke, G.G. Hilton, D.C. Beitz, and J.M. Reecy. 2013. Genome-wide association study of concentrations of iron and other minerals in longissimus muscle of Angus cattle. J. Anim. Sci. 91:3593-3600.
Nafikov, R.A., J.P. Schoonmaker, K.T. Korn, K. Noack, D.J. Garrick, K.J. Koehler, J. Minick-Bormann, J.M. Reecy, D.E. Spurlock, and D.C. Beitz. 2013. Association of polymorphisms in solute carrier family 27, isoform A6 (SLC27A6) and fatty acid-binding protein-3 and fatty acid-binding protein-4 (FABP3 and FABP4) with fatty acid composition of bovine milk. J. Dairy Sci. 96:6007-6021.
Zebeli, Q., D.C. Beitz, B.J. Bradford, S.M. Dunn, and B.N. Ametaj. 2013. Peripartal alterations of calcitonin gene-related peptide and minerals in dairy cows affected with milk fever. Vet. Clin. Path. 42:70-77.
A complete list of Dr. Beitz's publications and professional accomplishments may be found in his CV, available in full as an Acrobat pdf document, via the link below.CV of Donald C. Beitz
Nutritional Physiology Group
2001 ADSA and ASAS Fellows Reception
Nutritional Sciences Council