Dr. LaVern Whisenton - Davidson

Dr. LaVern Whisenton - Davidson

Dr. LaVern Whisenton - Davidson

Professor, Insect biochemistry, endocrinology, and neuroendocrinology.

Office: Roddy 274
Phone: (717) 871-7428

Office Hours

T: 02:00 – 04:00 p.m.
W: 09:00 – 11:00 a.m.
R: 02:00 – 04:00 p.m.

Additional Information


B.S., Morningside College
M.S. and Ph.D., University of Notre Dame

Courses Taught:

BIOL 100 – General Biology
BIOL 154/155 – Human Anatomy and Physiology
BIOL 437 – Endocrinology
BIOL Comparative Anatomy

Areas of Specialization:

Insect Biochemistry, Endocrinology and Neuroendocrinology.

Research Interest(s):

My research is involved with the determination of the roles of hormones in ovarian development and metamorphosis of mosquitoes. I have had several students involved in various aspect of this problem. One student developed an in vitro assay to monitor the ecdysone producing activity of the autogenous mosquito, Toxorhynchites brevapalpis. Another worked on the isolation the Egg Development Neurosecretory Hormone in Aedes aegypti. And a third performed an immunocytological study of neurosecretory cells in Aedes aegypti.

Selected Publication(s):

1992. Steroidogenic activity in prothoracic gland cells of retrocerebral complexes of fourth instar mosquitoes. American Society Of Zoologists 31(5):87. (with D. Sonnen)

1989. Ecdysteroid titres during pupal-adult development in Aedes aegypti: Basic for a sexual dimorphism in the rate of development. J. Insect Physiol., 35(1): 67-73.

1987. Isolation and partial purification of gonadotrophic factors in heads of pupal and adult Aedes aeqypti. Mol. Cell. Endocrinol. 50:3-14. (with T. Kelly & W. Bollenbacher)

1987. Regulation of juvenile hormone biosynthesis by 20- hydroxyecdysone during the fourth larval instar of the tobacco hornworm, Manduca sexta. Gen. Comp. Endocrinol. 66:62-70. (with R. Watson, N. Granger, & W. Bollenbacher)

1986. Interendocrine regulation of the prothoracic glands and corpora allata of Manduca sexta. Insect. Biochem. 16(1):149-155. (with R. Watson, N. Granger, & W. Bollenbacher)