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Barnes, Kimberly

Associate Dean of Academic Affairs

Kim Barnes serves as associate dean of academic affairs, a position she has held since 2021. A student-centered leader, Barnes serves on several University committees related to academic policies, retention, advising and academic calendar.  
She joined WVU as an assistant professor in 2007 and has held various positions, including interim director for the Division of Animal and Nutritional Sciences (2018-2019). She was named to the 2019-2020 class of Academic Leadership Fellows by the Office of the Provost. During her tenure, she explored how to better develop and manage interdisciplinary programs. In 2015, she was selected to lead the intercollegiate biochemistry program, the first program of its kind at WVU and shared between the Davis College and the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences.  
Prior to taking on administrative roles, Barnes’ research focused on dietary fatty acids and their role in lipid metabolism and adipose tissue biology. Specifically, her laboratory focused on dietary Conjugated Linoleic Acid (CLA) and its interaction with other dietary fatty acids. One of the main goals of this work was to determine the molecular mechanism by which CLA causes an increase in lipolysis, and greater loss of body fat, in mice fed coconut oil than in mice fed soy oil. An additional project focused on different sources of omega-3 fatty acids and their effectiveness at reducing serum lipids. This research found that omega-3 fatty acids from algal and yeast sources were less effective at being incorporated into tissues and at effecting serum triglyceride and cholesterol levels than those coming from fish oil. 
Barnes received a bachelor’s degree in animal science from Michigan State University, a master’s degree and a doctorate in animal science from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  


  1. Ippagunta, S, Z Angius, M Sanda, KM Hargrave-Barnes.  2013.  Dietary CLA-induced lipolysis is delayed in soy oil-fed mice compared to coconut oil-fed mice.  Lipids 48(11):1145-1155.
  2. Kanosky, KM, S Ippagunta, and KM Barnes.  2013.  Mice do not accumulate muscle lipid in response to dietary conjugated linoleic acid.  J. Anim. Sci. 91:4705-4712.
  3. Shelton, VJ, AG Shelton, MJ Azain, and KM Hargrave-Barnes.  2012.  Incorporation of conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) into brain lipids is not necessary for CLA-induced reductions in feed intake or body fat in mice.  Nutr. Res. 32:827-836.
  4. Barnes, KM, NR Winslow, AG Shelton, KC Hlusko, and MJ Azain.  2012.  Effect of dietary conjugated linoleic acid on marbling and intramuscular adipocytes in pork.  J. Anim. Sci. 90:1142-1149.
  5. Ippagunta, S, T.J. Hadenfeldt, JL Miner, and KM Hargrave-Barnes.  2011.  Dietary conjugated linoleic acid induces lipolysis in adipose tissue of coconut oil-fed mice but not soy oil-fed mice.  Lipids 46:821-830.
  6. Hausman, GL, MV Dodson, K Ajuwon, M Azain, KM Barnes, LL Guan, Z Jiang, SP Poulos, RD Sainz, S Smith, M Spurlock, J Novakofski, ME Fernyhough, and WG Bergen. 2009.  Board Invited Review: The biology and regulation of preadipocytes and adipocytes in meat animals. J. Anim. Sci. 87:1218-1246.
  7. Hargrave-Barnes, KM, MJ Azain, and JL Miner.  2008. Conjugated linoleic acid-induced fat loss dependence on 6-desaturase or cyclooxygenase.  Obesity 16:2245-2252.
  8. Hargrave, KM, and JL Miner. 2006. The trans-10,cis-12 CLA isomer induces death of 3T3-L1 preadipocytes but not adipocytes. Adipocytes 2:125-132.
  9. Hargrave, KM, MJ Azain, and JL Miner. 2005. Dietary coconut oil increases the sensitivity to conjugated linoleic acid-induced body fat loss in mice independent of an essential fatty acid deficiency. Biochim. Biophys. Acta 1737:52-60.
  10. Hargrave, KM, BJ Meyer, CL Li, MJ Azain, CA Baile, and JL Miner. 2004. Influence of conjugated linoleic acid and fat source on body fat and apoptosis in mice. Obes. Res. 12:1435-1444.
  11. Showman, C., K. Barnes, J. Jaczynski, and K. Matak. 2020. Separation and concentration of w-3 PUFA-rich phospholipids by hydration of krill oil. Food Sci. Tech. 126:109284. 
  12. Matak, KE, KH Maditz, KM Barnes, SK Beamer, and PB Kenney.  2013.  Effect of dietary inclusion of conjugated linoleic acid on quality indicators of aged pork loin.  J. Ag. Sci. 5(6) doi:10.5539/jas.v5n6p1. 
  13. Adams, SH, KM Barnes, and J Odle.  2013.  Comparative metabolic physiology in the ‘omics’ era: A call to arms, paws, flippers, and claws.  Adv. Nutr. 4:568-569. 
  14. Barnes, KM and JL Miner. 2009. The role of resistin in insulin sensitivity in rodents and humans. Curr. Prot. Pept. Sci. 10:96-107.