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Deborah Barnett, Ph.D.

Adjunct, Biology 




University of Wisconsin-Madison:
B.S.   Biochemistry May 1990 
M.S.   Endocrinology and Reproductive Physiology Dec. 1992  
Ph.D. Cell and Molecular Biology: Developmental Biology Dec. 1995  


Research interests include prenatal programming metabolic and reproductive disorders, programming of the stress axis, neuroendocrine regulation of reproductive behavior and fertility, and the physiology/epidemiology of gestational weight gain in humans. I am interested in the physiological consequences that environmental disruption during important developmental stages can have on adult health.  In particular, I am interested in how the hypothalamus is programmed during its development.


Abbott DH, Bruns CR, Barnett DK, Dunaif A, Dumesic DA, Tarantal AF (2010) Experimentally-induced gestational androgen excess disrupts glucoregulation and stimulates growth in fetal and neonatal female rhesus monkeys J Clin Endocrinol Metab 95:2038-2049

Dumesic DA, Patankar MS, Barnett DK, Lesnick TG, Hutcherson BA, Abbott DH. (2009) Early prenatal androgenization results in diminished ovarian reserve in adult female rhesus monkeys. Hum Reprod 2009.

Abbott DH, Barnett DK, Levine JE, Padmanabhan V, Dumesic DA, Jacoris S, Tarantal AF. (2008)  Endocrine antecedents of polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) in fetal and infant prenatally androgenized female rhesus monkeys.  Biol Reprod Jul; 79(1):154-63.

Barnett DK, Bunnell, TM, Millar RP and Abbott DH. (2006) Gonadotropin-releasing hormone II stimulates female sexual behavior in marmoset monkeys. Endocrinol 147(1):615-23.

Abbott DH, Bruns CM, Barnett DK, Dumesic DA (2006) Fetal programming of polycystic ovary syndrome. In: Polycystic Ovary Syndrome, 2nd Edition. W.G. Kovacs and R.L. Norman (eds). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press; 262-287.

Abbott DH, Barnett DK, Bruns CM, Dumesic DA. (2005) Androgen excess fetal programming of female reproduction: a developmental aetiology for polycystic ovary syndrome? Hum Reprod Update 11(4):357-74. Review.

Abbott DH, Fong SC, Barnett DK, Dumesic DA (2004) Nonhuman primates contribute unique understanding to anovulatory infertility in women. ILAR 45(2):116-131.

Barnett DK, and Abbott DH. (2003) Reproductive adaptations to a large-brained fetus open a vulnerability to anovulation similar to polycystic ovary syndrome.  Am J Hum Bio 15:296-319.

Abbott DH, Barnett DK, Colman RJ and Schultz-Darken NJ. (2003) Aspects of basic biology and life history of common marmosets important for biomedical research.  J Comp Med 53:339-350.

Barnett DK, Kimura J, Clayton MK and Bavister BD. (1997) Glucose and phosphate toxicity in hamster preimplantation embryos involves disruption of cellular organization, including distribution of active mitochondria.  Molec Reprod Dev 48:1-11.

Barnett DK and Bavister BD. (1996) Inhibitory effect of glucose and phosphate on the second cleavage division of hamster embryos: is it linked to metabolism? Human Reprod 11:177-183.

Barnett DK, Kimura J, Bavister BD. (1996) Translocation of active mitochondria during hamster preimplantation embryo development studied by confocal laser scanning microscopy. Dev Dynamics 205, 64-72.

Barnett DK and Bavister BD. (1996) What is the relationship between metabolism of preimplantation embryos and their developmental competence in vitro.  Molec Reprod Dev 43, 105-143.

Barnett DK and Bavister BD. (1992) Hypotaurine requirement for in vitro development of golden hamster one-cell embryos into morulae and blastocysts, and production of term offspring from in vitro fertilized ova. Biol Reprod 47, 297-304.

Curriculum Vitae

Courses Taught:

B111: Anatomy and Physiology I
B112: Anatomy and Physiology II
B240: Introduction to Microbiology


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