Ekenstedt, Kari
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Kari Ekenstedt

Assistant Professor

Start Year: 2011

Animal and Food Science
Office: Ag Science Building

Email: kari.ekenstedt@uwrf.edu


  • Ph.D. University of Minnesota, 2010
    • Comparative and Molecular
  • D.V.M. University of Minnesota, 2005
  • Undergraduate University of Wisconsin-River Falls, 2001

Courses Taught:

  • Animal Science 111, Introduction to Animal Science
  • Animal Science 121, Companion Animals
  • Animal Science 257, Genetics

Research Interests:

  • Canine genetics and genomics
  • Canine inherited diseases, including neurological and neuromuscular diseases, such as epilepsy and polyneuropathies, and ophthalmological diseases, such as ocular melanosis, progressive retinal atrophy, and pigmentary uveitis


Professional Activities:

  • American Veterinary Medical Association
  • Minnesota Veterinary medical Association: Board of Directors
  • Northwestern Wisconsin Veterinary Medical Association


  • Ekenstedt KJ, Drögemüller C, Minor KM, Shelton GD, Leeb T, Becker D, Patterson EE, and Mickelson JR. Whole-Genome Association Analysis Reveals Two Loci Strongly Associated With Leonberger Polyneuropathy. Manuscript in Preperation.


  • Advisor to the UWRF Companion Animal Respect and Education Club
  • Advisor to the UWRF Sigma Alpha Sorority