Wayne J. Kuenzel

Wayne J. Kuenzel



Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food & Life Sciences

(POSC)-Poultry Science

Phone: 479-575-6112

Fax: 479-575-7139

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Neural regulation of early sexual maturation, broiler breeder reproductive behavior and stress

  • Ph.D., Zoology, University of Georgia
  • M.S., Biology, Bucknell University
  • B.S., Biology, Bucknell University
  • Jurkevich, A., L.R. Berghman, L.E. Cornett and W.J. Kuenzel. 2008. Immunohistochemical characterization of chicken pituitary cells containing the vasotocin VT2 receptor. Cell Tissue Res. 333:253-262.
  • Li, H., and W.J. Kuenzel. 2008. A possible neural cascade involving the photoneuroendocrine system (PNES) responsible for regulating gonadal development in an avian species, Gallus gallus. Brain Res. Bull. 76:586-596.
  • Madison, F.N., A. Jurkevich and W.J. Kuenzel. 2008. Sex differences in plasma corticosterone release in undisturbed chickens (Gallus gallus) in response to arginine vasotocin and corticotropin releasing hormone. Gen. Comp. Endocrinol.  155:566-573.
  • Mikhailova, M.V., P.R. Mayeux, A. Jurkevich, W.J. Kuenzel, F.N. Madison, A. Periasamy, Y. Chen and L.E. Cornett.  2007. Heterooligomerization between vasotocin and corticotropin-releasing hormone (CRH) receptors augments CRH-Stimulated 3’,5’-cyclic adenosine monophosphate production. Mol. Endocrinol. 21:2178-2188.
  • Kuenzel, W.J. 2007.  Neurobiological basis of sensory perception: welfare implications of beak trimming.  Poultry Sci. 86:1273-1282.
  • Kuenzel, W.J., and C.D. Golden. 2006.  Distribution and change in number of gonadotropin-releasing hormone-1 neurons following activation of the photoneuroendocrine system in the chick, Gallus gallus.  Cell Tissue Res. 325:501-512.
  • Kuenzel, W.J., A.M. Rowland, P.B. Pillai, T.I. O-Connor-Dennie, J.L. Emmert and R.F. Wideman.  2006.  The use of vitamin A-deficient diets and jugular vein ligation to increase intracranial pressure in chickens (Gallus gallus). Poultry Sci. 85:537-545.
  • Jarvis, E.D. et al.  2005.  Avian brains and a new understanding of vertebrate brain evolution.  Nature Rev. Neurosci.  6(2):151-159.
  • Jurkevich, A., L.R. Berghman, L.E. Cornett and W.J. Kuenzel. 2005.  Characterization and immunohistochemical visualization of the vasotocin VT2 receptor in the pituitary of the chicken, Gallus gallus.  Gen. Comp. Endocrinol. 143:82-91.
  • Kuenzel, W.J., R.F. Wideman, M. Chapman, C. Golden and D.M. Hooge.  2005.  A practical method for induced moulting of caged layers that combines full access to feed and water, dietary thyroactive protein, and short day length.  World’s Poultry Sci. J.  61:599-624.
  • Rathinam, T., and W.J. Kuenzel. 2005.  Attenuation of gonadal response to photostimulation following ablation of neurons in the lateral septal organ of chicks.  Brain Res. Bull. 64:455-461.
  • Li, H., M.B. Ferrari and W.J. Kuenzel. 2004. Light-induced reduction of cytoplasmic free calcium in neurons proposed to be encephalic photoreceptors in chick brain. Devel. Brain Res. 153:153-161.
  • Reiner, A. et al.  2004. Revised nomenclature for avian telencephalon and some related brainstem nuclei. J. Comp. Neurol. 473:377-414.
  • Kuenzel, W.J., M.M. Abdel-Maksoud, T. Elsasser and J.A. Proudman. 2004. Sulfamethazine advances puberty in male chicks by effecting a rapid increase in gonadotropins. Comp. Biochem. Physiol. A 137:349-355.


  • Kuenzel, W.J., M.B. Ferrari, T. Rathinam and H. Li.  2005.  The possible role of the lateral septal organ in housing encephalic photoreceptors responsible for regulating gonadal development. In: Functional Avian Endocrinology. (Eds. A. Dawson and P.J. Sharp) Narosa Publ. House, New Delhi, India pp. 129-140.
  • Kuenzel, W.J. 2000. The autonomic nervous system of birds. In: Sturkie's Avian Physiology. (Ed. G.C. Whitlow) Academic Press, 5th Ed., New York, pp. 101-122.
  • Kuenzel, W.J., K.M. Walsh, and J.A. Proudman. 1997. Neuroendocrine control of early sexual development. In: Perspectives in Avian Endocrinology. (Ed. S. Harvey) J. Endocrinology, Ltd., Bristol, U.K. pp. 81-90.
  • Kuenzel, W.J., and M. Masson. 1988. A Stereotaxic Atlas of the Brain of the chick (Gallusdomesticus). Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, MD.
  • Instructor and chief, Basic Sciences Branch, U.S. Medical Field Service School, U.S. Army at Ft. Sam Houston, TX
  • National Institutes of Health Postdoctoral Fellowship, Cornell University
  • Assistant Professor of Physiology, Department of Animal and Avian Sciences, University of Maryland, 1974
  • Associate Professor, Department of Animal and Avian Sciences, University of Maryland, 1978
  • Professor, Department of Animal and Avian Sciences, University of Maryland, 1984
  • Awarded a Fulbright-Hays Senior Research Fellowship to Scotland (1981) and Germany (1988)
  • Joined the Center of Excellence for Poultry Science, 2000