Scott Barnett, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Scholar


12 years of research experience in Molecular Pharmacology, during which time I have investigated the pathophysiology of preterm labor and renal disease, including the identification of novel smooth muscle targets for the prevention of preterm labor (provisional patent), and the exploration of dualligand compounds for the treatment of chronic kidney disease and preterm labor. I have extensive wetlab experience, a history of first-author publications, teaching, team leadership (Officer - U.S. Marine Corps), entrepreneurship (CSO ExCyte Therapeutics), and science outreach (


University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine: 2011-2017

  • Ph.D. - Cellular and Molecular Pharmacology and Physiology
  • Dissertation: Intimations on the Pathophysiology of Human Preterm Labor

University of Nevada, Reno: 2008-2011

  • Bachelor of Science: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

University of Oregon: 1995-2000

  • Bachelor of Science: Psychology, Minor: Chemistry


  • PhRMA Foundation: Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Pharmacology/Toxicology – 2019
  • 2nd place poster award, Drug Discovery and Development, Experimental Biology - 2019
  • UNR School of Medicine, George Bierkamper Graduate Student Research Award – 2018
  • Best New Investigator Poster Award, Society for Reproductive Investigation – 2017
  • Mentor/Postdoc “Spotlight,” The Journal of Postdoctoral Research – 2018
  • UNR Outstanding Graduate Student Researcher Award – 2016
  • 1st place – UNR Molecular Biosciences speech competition - 2016
  • 2nd Place - 3-minute Thesis Competition: University of Nevada, Reno – 2014
  • Road to TEDx: Speaker Finalist – 2015
  • ‘Hill Day Award’ ASBMB: Spoke with Congress to advocate for increased NIH funding - 2014
  • Mick Hitchcock Academic Scholar – 2014-2017
  • Johnson & Johnson Leadership and Academic Excellence Awards – 2006

Entrepreneurship & Outreach

  • Chief Scientific Officer, ExCyte Therapeutics, A Nevada Corporation.
  • Creator and co-host of The Poisoncast (, a podcast explaining the science behind poisons, toxins and venoms; and the Beta Sandwich Science Podcast (defunct), a podcast discussing news in the Molecular Biosciences.

Pedagogical Preparedness

  • Association of College and University Educators (ACUE) “Course in Effective Teaching Practices” (in progress - 2021/2022)
  • 'National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity
    • Supporting Trans Scholars
    • Strategies for Centering Instructor Identity in STEM Education
    • Empowered Teaching Toolkit: Beginning-to-Teaching in No Time
    • Creating an Inclusive Classroom: Students with Disabilities
  • “Teaching Physiology to Undergraduates” symposium ASPET (2019)
  • “Managing Disruptions in the Classroom” workshop (2020)

Professional Contributions

Invited reviewer for the journals:

  • American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology (AJOG)
  • Molecular Biology Reports (MOLE)

Active member:

  • Society for Reproductive Investigation (SRI)
  • American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics (ASPET)

Away from the Lab

  • Amateur Photographer -
  • Unabashed science fiction nerd
  • Husband to a brilliant wife, father to a set of rambunctious twin toddlers