Bruce Kimball



Member, Monell Chemical Senses Center


Ph.D., Ecology; Colorado State University

Research Summary

As the COVID-19 pandemic has unfortunately demonstrated, human health is closely linked to animal health. New tools are necessary to monitor viral infections in domestic and wild animals as well as humans.  The role of metabolomics is growing exponentially, which has been mirrored in my own lab where we have identified patterns of volatile signals associated with inflammation, infection, and injury.  We employ our understanding of analytical chemistry, physiology, ecology, and statistics to improve the health and well-being of all species.


metabolomics, chemical ecology, analytical chemistry, behavior, bioassay, foraging ecology

Representative Publications

Kimball, B.A.; Volker, S.F.; Griffin, D.L.; Johnson, S.R.; Gilbert, A.T. (2019). Volatile Metabolomic Signatures of Rabies Immunization in Two Mesocarnivore Species. PLoS Negl Trop Dis, 13, e0007911.

Gervasi, S.S.; Opiekun, M.; Martin, T.; Beauchamp, G.K.; Kimball, B.A. (2018). Sharing an environment with sick conspecifics alters the odors of healthy animals. Sci Rep, 8, 14255.

Gordon, A.R.; Kimball, B.A.;Sorjonen, K.; Karshikoff, B.; Axelsson, J.; Lekander, M.; Lundstrom, J.N.; Olsson, M.J. (2018). Detection of Inflammation via Volatile Cues in Human Urine. Chem Senses, 43, 711-719.

Parker, M.R.; Patel, S.M.; Zachry, J.E.; Kimball, B.A. (2018) Feminization of Male Brown Treesnake Methyl Ketone Expression via Steroid Hormone Manipulation. J Chem Ecol, 44, 189-197.

Spence-Aizenberg, A.; Kimball, B.A.; Williams, L.; Fernandez-Duque, E. (2018). Chemical Composition of Glandular Secretions from a Pair-living Monogamous Primate: Sex, Age, and Gland Differences in Captive and Wild Owl Monkeys (Aotus spp.). Am J Primatol, 80, e22730.

Millet P.; Opiekun, M.; Martin, T.; Beauchamp, G.K.; Kimball, B.A. (2018). Cytokine Contributions to Alterations of the Volatile Metabolome Induced by Inflammation. Brain Behav Immun, 69, 312–320.

Kimball, B.A. (2016). Volatile Metabolome: Problems and Prospects. Bioanalysis, 8, 1987-1991.

Kimball, B.A.; Cohen, A.S.; Gordon, A.R.; Opiekun, M.; Martin, T.; Elkind, J.; Lundstrom, J.N.; Beauchamp, G.K. (2016). Brain Injury Alters Volatile Metabolome. Chemical Senses, 41, 407-14.

Kimball, B.A.; Stelting, S.A.; McAuliffe, T.W.; Stahl, R.S.; Garcia, R.A.; Pitt, W.C. (2016). Development of Artificial Bait for Brown Treesnake Suppression. Biological Invasions, 18, 359-369.

Kimball, B.A.; Wilson, D.A.; Wesson, D.W. (2016). Alterations of the Volatile Metabolome in Mouse Models of Alzheimer’s Disease. Scientific Reports, 6, 19495.

Kimball, B.A.; Opiekun, M.; Yamazaki, K.; Beauchamp, G.K. (2014) Immunization Alters Body Odor. Physiology & Behavior, 128, 80-85.

Olsson, M.J.; Lundström, J.N.; Kimball, B.A.; et al. (2014) The scent of disease: Human body odor contains an early chemosensory cue of sickness. Psychological Science, 20:1-7.

Bruce Kimball

Contact Information

(267) 519-4930