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Amy Berndtson

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Senior Lecturer
Contact Information
By telephone: 812-855-4842
BH 626

PhD, 1988, University of Notre Dame,
Biological Sciences

1988-1991, Center of Marine Biotechnology
1991-1995, Cornell University


2016: James P. Holland Award for Exemplary Teaching and Service to Students, College of Arts & Sciences, Indiana University

2016: Trustee’ Teaching Award, Indiana University

2009: Trustees’ Teaching Award, Indiana University

2003: Senior Class Award for Teaching Excellence and Commitment to Students, Department of Biology, Indiana University

Research Description

Major research interest: hormonal regulation of reproduction.

Teaching Description

Courses Taught

  • Biology L104 Introductory Biology Lectures/Human Biology B300 Human Dilemmas
  • Biology L112 Foundations of Biology: Biological Mechanisms
  • Biology Z469 Endocrinology Laboratory

Other Activities

  • Human Biology Advisory Committee
Select Publications

Reed C.A., A.K. Berndtson and K.P. Nephew KP. 2005. Dose-dependent effects of 4-hydroxytamoxifen, the active metabolite of tamoxifen, on estrogen receptor-alpha expression in the rat uterus. Anticancer Drugs. 16:559-67.

Komar, C.M., A.K. Berndtson, A.C.O. Evans, and J.E. Fortune, 2001.  Decline in circulating estradiol during the periovulatory period is correlated with decrease in estradiol and androgen, and in mRNA for P450 aromatase and P450 17a-hydroxylase, in bovine preovulatory follicles.  Biology of Reproduction 64:1797-1805.

Swiderska, A., A.K. Berndtson, M-R. Cha, L. Li, G.M. Beaudoin III, J. Zhu and C. Fuqua. 2001. Inhibition of the Agrobacterium tumefaciens TraR quorum-sensing regulator: interactions with the TraM anti-activator. J. Biol. Chem 276:49449-49458.

Berndtson, A.K., C.J. Weaver and J.E. Fortune, 1996. Differential effects of oxytocin on steroid production by bovine granulosa cells.  Molecular and Cellular Endocrinology 116:191-198.

Berndtson, A.K., S.E. Vincent and J.E. Fortune, 1995.  High and low concentrations of gonadotropins differentially regulate hormone production by theca interna and granulosa cells from bovine preovulatory follicles. Biology of Reproduction 52:1334-1342.

Berndtson, A.K., S.E. Vincent and J.E. Fortune, 1995.  Effects of gonadotropin concentration on hormone production by theca and granulosa cells from bovine preovulatory follicles.  Journal of Reproduction and Fertility Supplement 49: 527-531.

Tian, X.C., A.K. Berndtson and J.E. Fortune, 1995.  Differentiation of bovine preovulatory follicles during the follicular phase is associated with increases in mRNA for cytochrome P450 side chain cleavage, 3β-hydroxysteroid dehydrogenase and P450 17α-hydroxylase, but not P450 aromatase.  Endocrinology 136:5102-5110.

Tian, X., A.K. Berndtson and J.E. Fortune, 1994.  Changes in the levels of messenger ribonucleic acid for cytochrome P450 side-chain cleavage and 3β-hydroxysteroid dehydrogenase during prostaglandin F-induced luteolysis in cattle.  Biology of Reproduction 50: 349-356.

Berndtson, A.K. and T.T. Chen, 1994.  Two unique CYP1 genes are expressed in response to 3-methylcholanthrene treatment in rainbow trout.  Archives of Biochemistry and Biophysics 310: 187-195.

Berndtson, A.K. and F.W. Goetz, 1990.  Metallo-protease activity increases prior to ovulation in brook trout, Salvelinus fontinalis, and yellow perch, Perca flavescens, follicle walls. Biology of Reproduction 42: 391-398.

Berndtson, A.K., F.W. Goetz and P. Duman, 1989.  In vitro ovulation, prostaglandin synthesis and proteolysis in isolated ovarian components of yellow perch, Perca flavescens:  Effects of 17α,20β-dihydroxy-4-pregnene-3-one and phorbol esters.  General and Comparative Endocrinology 75: 454-465.

Berndtson, A.K. and F.W. Goetz, 1988.  Protease activity in brook trout, Salvelinus fontinalis, follicle walls demonstrated by substrate-gel-electrophoresis.  Biology of Reproduction 38: 511-516.

Goetz, F.W., P. Duman, A.K. Berndtson and E.G. Janowsky, 1988.  The role of prostaglandins in the control of ovulation in yellow perch, Perca flavescens.  Fish Physiology and Biochemistry 7: 163-168.

Berndtson, A.K. and F.W. Goetz, 1986.  Investigations on the control of in vitro spontaneous brook trout, Salvelinus fontinalis, ovulation.  General and Comparative Endocrinology 61: 134-141.

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