Joseph W. Kemnitz, PHD

Position title: Professor, Cell and Regenerative Biology


Phone: 608-263-3500

Organ System/Disease Focus:
Nonhuman primate models for various conditions and diseases
Aligned Research Focus:
Neurobiology, aging, metabolism, nutrition, pregnancy and fetal development
Joe Kemnitz headshot


More information:

Dr. Kemnitz is the Chair of the Department of Cell & Regenerative Biology.

Research Description:

My research has been primarily based at the Wisconsin National Primate Research Center for nearly 40 years, where I am head of Energy Metabolism and Chronic Disease Research Group. During this time my lab members and collaborators and I have developed and applied nonhuman primate models (especially rhesus macaques) to characterize various conditions for the purpose of improving human health and quality of life. Phases of our research have focused on pregnancy and fetal development, gonadal hormones and metabolism, endometriosis, obesity, type 1 and type 2 diabetes mellitus, and nutrition and aging. In addition to SCRM, I am a member of the Neuroscience Training Program, Interdepartmental Graduate Program in Nutritional Sciences, Biology of Aging Training Program and Clinical Neuroengineering Training Program.

Selected References:
  • Colman, R.J., Beasley, T.M., Kemnitz, J.W., Johnson, S.C., Weindruch, R., and Anderson, R.M. Caloric restriction increases age-related and all cause survival in rhesus monkeys. Nature Communications Published 1 Apr 2014, DOI: 10.1038/ncomms4557.
  • Fowler CG, Chiasson KB, Colman R,  Kemnitz, J.W., Weindruch R. Hyperinsulinemia/diabetes, hearing and aging in the University of Wisconsin calorie restriction monkeys. Hearing Research 2015 Jul 7;328:78-86. doi: 10.1016/j.heares.2015.07.001. [Epub ahead of print] PMID 26163094
  • Ziegler, TE, Kapor, A, Hedman, CJ, Binkley, N, and  Kemnitz, J.W.. Measurement of 25-hydroxyvitamin D2&3 by tandem mass spectrometry: A primate multispecies comparison. American Journal of Primatology 77:801-810, 2015. PMID 25845705
  • Yamada Y,  Kemnitz, J.W., Weindruch R, Anderson RM, Schoeller DA, Colman RJ. Caloric Restriction and Healthy Life Span: Frail Phenotype of Nonhuman Primates in the Wisconsin National Primate Research Center Caloric Restriction Study. J Gerontol A Biol Sci Med Sci. 2017 Apr 8. doi: 10.1093/gerona/glx059. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 28398464
  • Mattison JA, Colman RJ, Beasley TM, Allison DB,  Kemnitz, J.W., Roth GS, Ingram DK, Weindruch R, de Cabo R, Anderson RM. Caloric restriction improves health and survival of rhesus monkeys. Nat Commun. 2017 Jan 17;8:14063. doi: 10.1038/ncomms14063. PMID: 28094793