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Woo Kim

Assistant Professor
  • Poultry Science
Mailing Address:
Athens, CAES Campus
Shipping Address:
Athens, CAES Campus

Research interests

Feed additives on performance and nutrient utilization in poultry
Identification of antibiotics alternatives in poultry
Mineral nutrition & bone growth in poultry
Nutrient absorption and transporters (amino acids & minerals) in intestine


Postdoc, Poultry Science, Texas A & M University
Ph.D., Nutritional Science, Penn State University
M.S., Poultry Science, Penn State University
B.S., Animal Science, Konkuk University

Selected Publications

Pratima Adhikari*, D.E. Cosby, N. A. Cox and W.K. Kim (2017) Effect of dietarysupplementation of nitrocompounds on salmonella colonization and ileal immune gene expression in laying hens challenged with Salmonella Enteritidis. Poultry Science (In print).

Bortoluzzi, C., A.A. Pedroso, J.J. Mallo, M. Puyalto, W.K. Kim, and T.J. Applegate (2017) Sodium butyrate improved performance while modulating the cecal microbiota and regulating the expression of intestinal immune-related genes of broiler chickens. Poultry Science (In print).

Wang, G., W.K. Kim, M.A. Cline, and E.R. Gilbert (2017). Factors affecting adipose tissue development in chickens: A Review. Poultry Science (In print).

Y.A. Attia, M.A. Al-Harthi, A.S. El-Shafey, Y.A. Rehab and W.K. Kim (2017) Enhancing tolerance of broiler chickens to heat stress by supplementation with vitamin E, vitamin C and/or probiotics. Annals of Animal Science (In print).

Regassa*, A., M. Suh, J. Datar, C. Chen, and W. K. Kim (2017) Fatty acids have different adipogenic differentiation potentials in stromal vascular cells isolated from abdominal fat in laying hens. Lipids (Accepted).

Regassa*, A., D. Lee, S Choi, C Song, and W. K. Kim (2017) Potent anti-adipogenic effect of green tea extracts in chicken. Journal of Diabetes and Obesity (Accepted).

Pratima Adhikari*, D.E. Cosby, N. A. Cox and W.K. Kim (2017) Effect of dietary bacteriophage supplementation on internal organs, fecal excretion and ileal immune response in laying hens challenged by Salmonella Enteritidis. Poultry Science (Accepted).

Pratima Adhikari* and W.K. Kim (2017) Overview of prebiotics and probiotics: Focus on performance, gut health and immunity-A review. Annals of Animal Science (In print).

Pratima Adhikari*, D.E. Cosby, N. A. Cox and W.K. Kim (2017) Colonization of mature laying hens with Salmonella Enteritidis by oral or intracloacal inoculation. J Appl. Poult. Res. (In print).

Park*, S.O. and W.K. Kim (2017) Effects of betaine on biological functions in meat-type ducks exposed to heat stress. Poultry Science (In print).

M. Alahyari-Shahrasb, H. Moravej, R. Gaykani, and W. K. Kim (2017) Nitrogen-Corrected Apparent Metabolisable Energy Values of barley varies by treatment and species. Poultry Science (In print).

Shang*, Y. and W.K. Kim (2017) Roles of fructooligosaccharide and phytase in broiler chickens-Review. Int. J. Poult. Sci. 16:16-22.

Norris, KM, W. Okie, W.K. Kim, R Adhikari*, S King, and R Pazdro. (2016) A high-fat diet differentially regulates glutathione homeostasis in the obesity-prone mouse strains DBA/2J, C57BL/6J, and AKR/J. Nutrition Research 36:1316-1324.

Pokharel*, B.B., A. Regassa, C. M. Nyachoti and W.K. Kim. (2016) Effect of low levels of dietary available phosphorus on phosphorus utilization, bone mineralization, phosphorus transporter mRNA expression and performance in growing Pigs. Journal of Environmental Science and Health, Part B (In print).

Regassa*, A., K.W. Park, and W.K. Kim (2016) Phenamil enhances the adipogenic differentiation of hen preadipocytes Cell Biology International 40: 1123-1128.

Alahyari-Shahrasb M, H. Moravej, and W.K. Kim (2016) Effect of soaking, fermentation with lactobacillus, and enzyme treatment on nitrogen-corrected apparent metabolisable energy values of wheat in cockerels and quails. Journal of Animal Physiology and Animal Nutrition doi: 10.1111/jpn.12564.

Regassa, A., E. Kiarie, J.S. Sands, M.C. Walsh, W.K. Kim, and C.M. Nyachoti (2016) Nutritional and metabolic implications of replacing corn starch with D-xylose in broiler chickens fed corn and soy bean meal based diet. Poultry Science (Accepted).

Chalova, V.I., J.H. Kim*, P.H. Patterson, S.C. Ricke, and W.K. Kim (2016) Reduction of nitrogen excretion and emission in poultry: A review for conventional poultry. World’s Poultry Science Journal (In print).

Hadley, J.A. M. Harvat-Gordon, W.K. Kim, C.A. Praul, D. Burns, R.M. Leach (2016) Bone sialoprotein keratan sufate proteoglycan (BSP-KSPG) and FGF-23 are important physiological components of medullary bone. Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology Part A: Molecular & Integrative Physiology, Part A 194:1-7.

Moseti* D., A. Regassa, and W.K. Kim (2016) Molecular regulation of adipogenesis and potential anti-adipogenic bioactive molecules. International Journal of Molecular Science, 17, 124; doi:10.3390/ijms17010124.

Chalova, V.I., J.H. Kim*, P.H. Patterson, S.C. Ricke, and W.K. Kim (2016) Reduction of nitrogen excretion and emission in poultry: A review for organic poultry. Journal of Environmental Science and Health, Part B 51:230-235.

Mowrer, J., P. Sedlacek, J.H. Kim, C. Ritz, and W.K. Kim (2016) Supplementation of nitrocompounds in broiler diets: Effects on bird performance, ammonia volatilization and nitrogen retention in broiler manure. Journal of Environmental Science and Health, Part B 51:126-131.

Shang Y., A. Rogiewicz, R. Patterson, B.A. Slominski, and W.K. Kim (2015) The effect of phytase and fructooligosaccharide supplementation on growth performance, bone quality and phosphorus utilization in broiler chickens. Poultry Science Poultry Science 94:955-964 .

Oakley, B.B., H.S. Lillehoj, M.H. Kogut, W.K. Kim, J.J. Maurer, A. Pedroso, M.D. Lee, S.R. Collett, T.J. Johnson, and N.A. Cox. (2014) Mini-review of the chicken gastrointestinal microbiome. FEMS Microbiology Letters DOI:10.1111/1574-6968.12608.

J.H. Kim*, P.H. Patterson, and W.K. Kim (2014) The impact of dietary crude protein, synthetic amino acid, and keto acid formulation on nitrogen excretion. International Journal of Poultry Science 13:429-436.

Regassa*, A. and W.K. Kim (2014) Effects of age, vitamin D3, and fructooligosaccharide on correlation of different bone parameters in broiler chickens. International Journal of Poultry Science 13:160-167.

Salim*, H. M., P. H. Patterson, S. C. Ricke and W.K. Kim (2014) Enhancement of microbial nitrification to reduce ammonia emission from poultry manure. World’s Poultry Science Journal 70:839-856.

H.M. Salim, H.K. Kang, N. Akter, D.W. Kim, J.H. Kim, M.J. Kim, J. C. Na, H.B. Jong, H.C. Choi, O.S. Suh, and W.K. Kim (2013) Supplementation of direct-fed microbials as an alternative to antibiotic on growth performance, immune response, cecal microbial population, and ileal morphology of broiler chickens. Poultry Science 92:2084-2090.

Regassa, A. and W.K. Kim (2013) Effects of oleic acid and chicken serum on the expression of adipogenic transcription factors and adipogenic differentiation in hen preadipocytes. Cell Biology International (In print).

W.K. Kim, P.H. Patterson, J.C. Rodriguez, and S.C. Ricke (2013) The potential to reduce poultry nitrogen emissions with specific uricase egg yolk feed grade antiboides. World’s Poultry Science Journal 69:45-56.

M. Alahyari-Shahrasb, H Moravej, R Gaykani, and W. K. Kim (2012). Comparative apparent metabolisable energy values of processed barley by gamma irradiation, autoclaving, fermentation with or without Lactobacillus and enzyme treatment in cockerels and quails. J Food Proc Pres. DOI:10.1111/j.1745-4549.2012.00806.x .

A. R. Hunde, P. H. Patterson, S. C. Rick, and W. K. Kim. (2012). Supplementation of poultry feed with Zinc, other minerals and compounds to mitigate nitrogen emissions-Review. Biological Trace Element Research 147:386-394.

WK Kim, SA Bloomfield, T Sugiyama, SC Ricke (2012) Concepts and methods for understanding bone metabolism in laying hens. World’s Poultry Science Journal 68:71-82.

WK Kim, SA Bloomfield, SC Ricke (2011) Effects of age, vitamin D3, and fructooligosaccharides on bone growth and skeletal integrity of broiler chicks. Poultry Science 90: 2425-2432.

Kim, W. K., T. M. Herfel, C. S. Dunkley, P. Y. Hester, T. D. Crenshaw, and S. C. Ricke. 2008. The effects of alfalfa-based molt diets on skeletal integrity of White Leghorns. Poult. Sci. 87:2178-2185.

Donalson, L. M., J. L. McReynolds, W. K. Kim, V. I. Chalova, C. L. Woodward, L. F. Kubena, D. J. Nisbet, and S. C. Ricke. 2008. The influence of a fructooligosaccharide prebiotic combined with alfalfa molt diets on the gastrointestinal tract fermentation, Salmonella Enteritidis infection, and intestinal shedding in laying hens. Poult. Sci. 87:1253-1262.

Kim, W. K., L. J. Weeks, R. C. Anderson, D. J. Nisbet, K. Dunkley, S. C. Ricke. 2009. Effects of nitrocompounds on uric acid-utilizing microorganisms, nitrogen retention, and microbial community in laying hen manure. J. Environ. Sci. Health, Part B. 44:403-406.

Dunkley, C. S., W. KKim, W. D. James, W. C. Ellis, J. L. McReynolds, L. F. Kubena, D. J. Nisbet, and S. C. Ricke, 2008. Passage rates in poultry digestion using stable isotope tracer markers. J. Radioanalytical and Nuclear Chemistry. 276:35-39.

Kim, W. K., L. M. Donalson, S. A. Bloomfield, H. A. Hogan, L. F. Kubena, D. J. Nisbet, and S. C. Ricke, 2007. Molt Performance and Bone Density of Cortical, Medullary, and Cancellous Bone in Laying Hens during Feed Restriction or Alfalfa-based Feed Molt. J. Poult. Sci. 86:1821-1830.

Donalson, L. M., W. K. Kim, V. I. Chalova, P. Herrera, C. L. Woodward, J. McReynolds, L. F. Kubena, D. J. Nisbet, and S. C. Ricke. 2007. In vitro anaerobic incubation of Salmonella Typhimurium and laying hen cecal bacteria in poultry feed substrates and a fructooligosaccharide (FOS) prebiotic. Anaerobe 13:208-214.

Chalova, V. I., W. K. Kim, I. B. Zabala-Diaz, C. L. Woodward, and S. C. Ricke. 2007. Development of a whole cell sensor-green fluorescent protein based method for estimating lysine bioavailability in poultry feed proteins. Appl. Microb. and Biotech.76:91-99.

Kim, W. K., C. A. Froelich, Jr., P. H. Patterson, and S. C. Ricke. 2006. The potential to reduce poultry nitrogen emissions with dietary methionine or methionine analogues supplementation. World’s Poult. Sci. J. 62:339-364.