Anita M. Oberbauer

Anita Oberbauer

Position Title

Department of Animal Science, College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences

1261 Meyer Hall

Profile Introduction

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

Research Interests

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

Grad Group Affiliations

  • Animal Biology
  • Forensic Science
  • Integrative Genetics and Genomics
  • Molecular, Cellular and Integrative Physiology

Specialties / Focus

  • Animal Genomics
  • Domestic Animal Physiology
  • Endocrinology
  • Molecular Physiology


  • ANS 42 Companion Animal Biology, Winter

Honors and Awards

  • 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 and Research Outstanding Mentor Award

    Professional Societies

    • American Society of Animal Science


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


    Cusco A, Belanger JM, Greshony L, Islas-Trejo A, Levy K. Medrano JF, Sánchez A, Oberbauer AM, Francino O. (2017) Individual signatures and environmental factors shape skin microbiota on healthy dogs. Microbiome 2017 5:139

    Belanger JM, Bellumori TP, Bannasch DL, Famula TR, Oberbauer AM 2017. Correlation of Neuter Status and Expression of Heritable Disorders. Canine Genetics and Epidemiology 20174:6 DOI: 10.1186/s40575-017-0044-6

    Oberbauer AM, Keller GG, Famula TR. 2017. Long-term genetic selection reduced prevalence of hip and elbow dysplasia in 60 dog breeds. PlosOne 12.2 (2017): e0172918.

    Schivo M, Aksenov A, Pasamontes A, Cumeras R, Weisker S, Oberbauer A, Davis C. 2017. A Rabbit Model for Assessment of Volatile Metabolite Changes Observed from Skin: a Pressure Ulcer Case Study. J Breath Research 11.1 (2017): 016007.

    Sundburg C, Belanger JM, Bannasch D, Famula TR, Oberbauer AM.  2016. Gonadectomy effects on the risk of immune disorders in the dog: a retrospective study. BMC Veterinary Research 12.1 (2016): 278.

    Koskinen LLE, Seppälä EH, Belanger JM, Arumilli M, Hakosalo O, Jokinen P, Nevalainen EM, Viitmaa R, Jokinen TS, Oberbauer AM, Lohi H. 2015. Identification of a common risk haplotype for canine idiopathic epilepsy in the ADAM23 gene. BMC Genomics (2015) 16:465. DOI 10.1186/s12864-015-1651-9

    Oberbauer AM, Belanger JM, Bellumori TP, Bannasch DL, Famula TR. 2015. Ten inherited genetic disorders in purebred dogs by functional groupings. Canine Genetics & Epidemiology Jul 11;2:9. doi: 10.1186/s40575-015-0021-x. eCollection 2015

    Cronin MA, A Cánovas, A Islas-Trejo, DL Bannasch, AM Oberbauer, JF Medrano. 2015. Single nucleotide polymorphism loci (SNP) variation of wolves (Canis lupus) in Southeast Alaska and comparison with wolves and coyotes in North America. Journal of Heredity 106:26–36.

    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.

    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.