Scott D. Barnett, Ph.D. Candidate

Department of Pharmacology


University of Nevada, Reno: 2008-Current

  • Ph.D. Candidate: Cell and Molecular Pharmacology and Physiology
  • Bachelor of Science: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

University of Oregon (Eugene, Oregon): 1995-2000

  • Bachelor of Science, Major: Psychology, Minor: Chemistry

Research Interests

  • Smooth muscle structure and function
  • Tocolytics and uterine pharmacology


  • ASBMB Hill Day Award Recipient 2014 (Met with members of Congress in Washington D.C. to advocate for Basic Research funding)
  • 3-Minute Dissertation Competition: 2nd Place 2014. University of Nevada, Reno
  • Hitchcock Scholar 2013 & 2014
  • Graduate Student Access Grant 2012-2014


  • N. Heyman, C. Cowles, S. Barnett, Y. Wu, C. Cullison, C. Singer, N. Leblanc, Buxon, I.L. "TREK-1 Currents in Smooth Muscle Cells from Pregnant Human Myometrium." American Journal of Physiology.
  • Buxton, I. L., N. Heyman, Y. Y. Wu, S. Barnett and C. Ulrich (2011). "A role of stretch-activated potassium currents in the regulation of uterine." Acta Pharmacologica Sinica, 32(6): 758-764.
  • Buxton, I. L., D. Milton, S. D. Barnett and S. D. Tichenor (2010). "Agonist-specific compartmentation of cGMP action in myometrium." Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics 335(1): 256-263.
  • Barnett S., Ulrich C., Baker J., Buxton L.O., The role of S-nitrosated profilin-1 and myosin regulatory light polypeptide 9 in human myometrial contractile dynamics. Experimental Biology, Group 879.1, Abstract 8957 (2013).
  • Barnett, S., Grubbs, J., Camoretti-Mercado, B, and Singer C.A. miR-25 targeting tuberous sclerosis complex 1 (TSC1) expression in lymphangioleiomyomatosis cells. American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, 187: A2027, 2013.

Previous Employment

Medical Device Sales, Johnson & Johnson 2006-2007

  • Responsible for sales to 42 Hospitals and clinics in Illinois and California
  • Annual sales in excess of 5 million dollars
  • Trained large groups of physicians and nurses on the use on complex medical equipment
  • Regular interactions with Surgeons, Radiologist, and Senior Administrative Personnel

United States Marine Corps, Officer 2000-2006

  • Commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in 2000
  • Attended a six month leadership training program
  • Responsible for directing aircraft and aerial medical evacuations of wounded personnel.
  • Senior officer responsible for 15 individuals in Okinawa, Japan
  • Tour of duty in Iraq in charge of 20 individuals: Awarded the Navy Achievement Medal
  • Honorably Discharged as a Captain in 2006.


  • American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB)
  • University of Nevada, Reno, Graduate Student Association
  • University of Oregon, Alumni Association