Kelly J. Suter, Ph.D.
Phone: (210) 458-7243
Areas of Specialization
» Neural oscillator control of sexual reproduction
Ph.D. in Physiology; University of Pittsburgh
M.S. in Physiology; West Virginia University
B.S. in Chemistry; West Virginia University
The focus of Dr. Suter’s lab is to understand the neural oscillator that governs sexual reproduction, the so-called gonadotropin releasing-hormone (GnRH) "pulse" generator. The GnRH-containing neurons are distributed diffusely throughout the hypothalamus and project to the median eminence where they release GnRH from their axon terminals into the hypophysiotropic portal system. In the portal capillaries, GnRH travels to the anterior pituitary gland to stimulate release of gonadotropins into systemic circulation. It is well established that the intermittent manner of GnRH release is essential for reproduction. The identity of the neuronal substrate that results in pulsatile GnRH release, and therefore comprises the GnRH "pulse" generator however, is unknown. Understanding the function of this neural oscillator is crucial for a full understanding of reproduction in normal and pathological states.
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