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Dr. Gilbert Pitts and his two daughters

Education

  • Jan., 1999: University of Minnesota, St. Paul, MN 55108; Ph.D. -- Animal Physiology; Minor: Neuroscience; Thesis: Prolactin and the Hypothalamic-Pituitary Axis; Adviser: Mohamed E. El Halawani, Ph.D.; Co-adviser: Douglas N. Foster, Ph.D.

  • Feb., 1994: University of Minnesota, St. Paul, MN 55108; M.S. -- Animal Physiology; Thesis: The Regulation of Incubation Behavior by Vasoactive Intestinal Peptide; Adviser: Mohamed E. El Halawani, Ph.D.

  • Mar., 1991: University of Minnesota, St. Paul, MN 55108; B.S. -- Animal Science

Professional Experience

  • Associate Professor: Austin Peay State University, Department of Biology; Aug., 2007 to present. Supervisor: Don Dailey. Taught classes in Animal Physiology, Human Physiology, and Human Anatomy and Physiology as well as the associated laboratories. Developed a web course for Human Anatomy and Physiology. Managed laboratory to investigate the regulation of GnRH secretion from GT1 cells. Chaired the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee as well as the Department Curriculum Committee.

  • Assistant Professor: Austin Peay State University, Department of Biology; Aug., 2004 to Aug. 2007. Supervisor: Don Dailey.

  • Senior Research Associate: Vanderbilt University, Department of Biological Sciences; Aug. 2002 to Jul 2004. Supervisor: Doug McMahon. Designed, performed, and analyzed experiments to study the neural generation and control of circadian rhythms using single-cell RT-PCR in transgenic mice. Prepared K01 grant application. Supervised graduate students during their rotations with the laboratory.

  • Postdoctoral Scholar: University of Kentucky, Department of Physiology; Feb. 2001 to Aug. 2002. Supervisor: Doug McMahon. Designed, performed, and analyzed experiments to study the neural generation and control of circadian rhythms using single-cell RT-PCR in transgenic mice. Prepared K01 grant application.

  • Postdoctoral Fellow: University of Virginia, Department of Internal Medicine; Jan. 1999 to Jan. 2001. Supervisor: Suzanne Moenter. Designed, performed, and analyzed experiments to determine if RNA transcription is required for pulsatile secretion of gonadotropin releasing hormone from immortalized GnRH neurons. Developed a single-cell RT-PCR method to identify mRNA transcripts in transgenic GnRH neurons. Contributed to the validation of an enzyme immunoassay for GnRH. Gained experience handling mice. Submitted an application for an Individual National Research Service Award. Responsible for laboratory immunoassay, radioimmunoassay, and PCR training. Supervised research of undergraduate students. Maintained laboratory computer network, radioactive material inventory and survey records.

  • Treatment Platoon Sergeant: Virginia Army National Guard, Company C, 429th FSB, Sergeant First Class; Mar., 1999 to Sep., 2000. Supervisor: 1SG Greg Whisler. Supervised approximately 20 soldiers. Responsible for platoon training and equipment maintenance. Applied for direct commission.

  • Research Assistant: University of Minnesota, Department of Animal Science; Mar. 1991 to Dec. 1998. Supervisor: Mohamed E. El Halawani. Studied the neuroendocrine regulation of prolactin secretion from the hypothalamus of conscious, freely moving adult turkeys. Trained incoming students and technicians in laboratory techniques and repeated measures analysis. Presented guest lectures and laboratories for a reproductive physiology class. Assisted teaching systemic physiology laboratories. Maintained laboratory computers.

  • Armament Systems Section Sergeant/Acting First Sergeant: Minnesota Army National Guard, Company D, 3-147th AVN; Sergeant First Class; Nov., 1995 to Dec., 1998. Supervisor: 1SG David Thrush. Supervised 4 soldiers and the maintenance of AH-1 Cobra helicopter armament systems. Planned and executed the operation of forward arming and refueling points (FARP). Wrote battalion FARP standard operating procedures. Supervised up to 40 soldiers as acting First Sergeant for approximately 9 months.

  • Armament Technical Inspector: United States Army Reserve, Company D, 2-123rd AVN; Staff Sergeant; Nov. 1986 to Nov. 1995. Prepared company for Aviation Readiness Management Survey. Planned and supervised FARP operations. Maintained AH-1 Cobra Helicopter reference library. Inspected maintenance of helicopter armament systems.

  • Undergraduate Teaching Assistant: University of Minnesota, Department of Animal Science; Sept. 1990 to Dec. 1990. Taught animal breeding using small group exercises.