Dorothy Gietzen

Position Title
Professor Emerita

Department of Anatomy, Physiology and Cell Biology, School of Veterinary Medicine


Profile Introduction

Neural signalling of amino acid deficiency and repletion; seizure susceptibility

Research Interests

Neural signalling of amino acid deficiency and repletion; seizure susceptibility

Specialties / Focus

  • Cellular and Molecular Neurobiology
  • Medical Neuroscience
  • Physiology and Behavior
  • Systems Neuroscience


  • Retired

Honors and Awards

  • BioServ Award
  • Fogarty International Scholar
  • NIH NRSA pre/postdoctoral Fellow
  • Grass Foundation Fellow

    Professional Societies

    • American Physiological Society
    • American Society for Nutrition Science
    • Society for Neuroscience


    • 1970 BS Nursing/ Chemistry California State University, Sacramento
    • 1978 MS Nutrition University of California, Davis
    • 1983 PhD Physiology/Neurophysiology University of California, Davis


    Magrum LJ, MA Hickman, and DW Gietzen. 1999. Increased intracellular calcium in rat anterior piriform cortex in response to threonine after threonine deprivation.. J. Neurophysiology. 81:1147-1149

    Dixon, K.D., Williams, F.E., Bellinger, L.L., Wiggins, R.L., Pavelka, J., Lucente, J. and Gietzen, D.W.. 2000. Differential effects of selective vagotomy and tropisetron in aminoprivic feeding.. Am.J. Physiol.. 279:R997-R1009

    Hao, S., Sharp, J.W., Ross-Inta, C.M., McDaniel, B.J., Anthony, T.G., Wek, R.C., Cavener, D. R., McGrath, B.C. Rudell, J.B., Koehnle, T.J., Gietzen, D.W. Uncharged tRNA and sensing of amino acid deficiendy in mammalian piriform cortex. Science 307:1776-1778, 2005

    Gietzen, D.W., Rogers, Q.R. Nutritional homeostasis and indispensable amino acid sensing: a new solution to an old puzzle. Trends Neurosci.29:91-99,2006.

    Gietzen, D.W., Dixon, K.D., Truong, B.G., Jones, A.C., Barrett, J.A., Washburn, D.S. Indispensable amino acid deficiency and increased seizure susceptibility in rats. Am. J. Physiol Regul Integr Comp Physiol 271:18-24, 1996.