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Associate Professor

Research Interests

My research interests include laboratory animal medicine and pathology, fish medicine and pathology, and ways to optimize mouse reproduction and health in standard caging, focusing on the changes in reproduction and behavior in response to enrichment.

Selected Publications

Giles JM, Whitaker JW, Moy SS, Fletcher CA. Effect of environmental enrichment on aggression in BALB/cJ and BALB/cByJ mice monitored by using an automated system. JAALAS 2018; 57(3): 236- 243. PMID:29669621 PMCID:PMC5966230 DOI:10.30802/AALAS-JAALAS-17-000122.

Whitaker J, Moy SS, Pritchett- Corning KR, Fletcher CA. Effects of enrichment and litter parity on reproductive performance and behavior in BALB/c and 129/Sv mice. JAALAS 2016; 55(4): 387-399.

George NM, Whitaker J, Vieira G, Geronimo J, Bellinger DA, Fletcher CA, Garner JP. Antioxidant Therapies for Ulcerative Dermatitis: A Potential Model for Skin Picking Disorder. PLoS ONE 2015; 10(7): e0132092. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0132092.

Whitaker J, Moy SS, Godfrey V, Nielsen J, Bellinger D, Bradfield J. The Effect of Cage Size and Enrichment on Reproductive Performance and Behavior in C57BL/6Tac Mice. Lab Anim. 2009; 38(1): 24-34.

Foltz C, Carbone L, DeLong D, Rollin BE, Van Loo P, Whitaker J, Wolff A. Considerations for Determining Optimal Mouse Caging Density. Lab Anim. 2007; 36(10): 40- 49.

Whitaker J, Moy SS, Saville BR, Godfrey V, Nielsen J, Bellinger D, Bradfield J. The Effect of Cage Size on Reproductive Performance and Behavior in C57BL/6 Mice. Lab Anim. 2007; 36(10): 32-39.

Whitaker, Julia, Linda M. Pote, Larry A. Hanson. 2005. Assay to detect the actinospore and myxospore stages of proliferative gill disease in oligochaetes and pond water. North American Journal of Aquaculture 67: 133-137.

Whitaker, Julia, Linda M. Pote, Lester Khoo, Renuka Shivaji, Larry A. Hanson. 2001. The use of a polymerase chain reaction assay to diagnose proliferative gill disease in Channel Catfish (Ictalurus punctatus). Journal of Veterinary Diagnostic Investigation 13: 394-398.

Rau, Michelle A., Julia Whitaker, Jonathan H. Freedman, Richard T. Di Giulio. 2004. Differential susceptibility of fish and rat liver cells to oxidative stress and cytotoxicity upon exposure to prooxidants. Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology Part C: Toxicology and Pharmacology 137(4): 335-342.

Bacanskas, Lisa R., Julia Whitaker, Richard T. Di Giulio. 2004. Oxidative stress in two populations of killifish (Fundulus heteroclitus) with differing contaminant exposure histories. Marine Environmental Research 58(2-5): 597-601.