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Autumn Harris - University of Florida. Gainesville, FL, US

Autumn Harris

Assistant Professor | University of Florida

Gainesville, FL, UNITED STATES

Autumn Harris is interested in managing chronic kidney disease in companion animals and medical therapies to improve the lives of pets.


Autumn Harris is an assistant professor of small animal internal medicine at the College of Veterinary Medicine. Autumn’s benchtop translational science is directed at understanding the mechanisms through which the kidneys maintain the correct acid-base balance in the body. Her clinical research focuses on the investigation of acid-base balance during chronic kidney disease (CKD), focusing on novel biomarkers and new therapies for managing CKD. Autumn is also active in investigations of cardio-renal syndrome. Her goals in clinical research are to enhance the lives of companion animals with kidney disease so they can live their best life possible.

Areas of Expertise (9)

Acid-Base Homeostasis


Chronic Kidney Disease



Renal Physiology

Sexual Dimorphism

Sex Steroid Hormone Receptors

Small Animal Internal Medicine

Media Appearances (1)

Hope for better management of chronic kidney disease in dogs

UF Vet Med Voice  online


Researchers at UF are investigating the potential of a novel biomarker as a tool for identifying animals at high risk of developing end-stage renal failure and hope their findings will lead to improved therapies for chronic kidney disease. Autumn Harris DVM discusses hope for better management of chronic kidney disease in dogs.

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Articles (2)

An Update on Kidney Ammonium Transport Along the Nephron

Advances in Kidney Disease and Health

Autumn N. Harris, et. al


Acid-base homeostasis is critical to the maintenance of normal health. The kidneys have a central role in bicarbonate generation, which occurs through the process of net acid excretion. Renal ammonia excretion is the predominant component of renal net acid excretion under basal conditions and in response to acid-base disturbances. Ammonia produced in the kidney is selectively transported into the urine or the renal vein.

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Establishment of an RI for the urine ammonia-to-creatinine ratio in dogs

Veterinary Clinical Pathology

Sarah E. Adrianowycz, et. al


Ammonia is produced and excreted by the kidney, contributing to systemic acid-base homeostasis through the production of bicarbonate. Disorders of acid-base balance can lead to many clinical problems and measuring ammonia excretion helps in determining if the kidneys are responding to acid-base challenges appropriately.

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