Laboratory Animal Nutritionist
Diagnostic and Research Services Branch, Division of Veterinary Resources, Office of Research Services, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD
Jun 1991 – Current
The Laboratory Animal Nutritionist for the Division of Veterinary Resources, is responsible for the management of a multi-species laboratory animal nutrition program at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Major responsibilities
entail: oversight in the administration of NIH laboratory animal feed and bedding contracts; independent and collaborative research in the development of standardized laboratory animal diets; and nutritional investigation and
consultation services to NIH and extramural veterinarians and scientists.
Oversight in the administration of the NIH feed and bedding contracts entails the following responsibilities: providing assistance to the Division of Logistics and the Division of Procurement regarding the purchase,
evaluation, and storage of animal feed and bedding material; developing new and review of proposed
specifications and standards for the incorporation into contracts for these items; reviewing final contracts prior to advertisement; performing pre-award and follow-up inspections of feed mills and bedding manufacturers;
managing the quality assurance program for the feed and bedding products; and assisting in correcting problems concerning feed and bedding by conferring with NIH administrative and laboratory animal personnel, as well as distributors and manufacturers of the products.
Significant accomplishments in assisting in the administration of the NIH feed and bedding contracts include: oversight in the construction of the new NIH feed and bedding warehouse resulting in a savings of $50,000; saved the NIH $100,000 by setting up a contract to buy open formula fenbendazole diet during an emergency outbreak of pinworms in the animal facilities; improvement in the relations between the administrators of the feed and bedding
program and the NIH users by being responsive to the needs and problems of the users; and improvement in the sanitation and pest management of NIH contracted feed mills.
The NIH Laboratory Animal Nutritionist, develops standardized laboratory animal diets to improve the nutritional
status of the NIH animal colonies by the formulation of diets that provide optimal nutrient concentrations and identified the quantitative nutrient requirements of the various laboratory animal species. This responsibility
involves reviewing the literature, writing proposals, designing experimental protocols, formulating diets, performing
experiments, analyzing the data, and presenting and publishing the data.
Significant accomplishments in improving the nutritional status of laboratory animals include: Most recently,
investigated the effect of omega-3 fatty acids on ulceratitive dermatitis in C57BL6 mice; formulated NIH Primate
Concentrate Supplement for alopecic monkeys; investigated and published the possibility that dietary iron is
responsible for hepatic hemosiderosis in Callitrichidae; investigated and published the results of diet intervention on Wasting Marmoset Syndrome; primary author of the first publication of an extensive review on Callitrichidae
nutrition; collaborator with National Institute of Aging on a study relating diet restriction and longevity in primates;
served as primary author of a publication concerning the effects of dietary fatty acids on nonhuman primate red
blood cell membrane composition and insulin receptor activity, and; formulation of open formula diets for swine,
sheep, rabbits and dogs.
The NIH Laboratory Animal Nutritionist provides nutritional consulting and collaboration services to intramural and extramural scientists. This responsibility involves oral and written communications with scientists representing
various scientific disciplines who are conducting research projects with nutritional elements. Involvement with these individuals ranges from providing advice regarding a specific diet to formulating special diets and giving
advice on designing experiments.
Small Animal Section, Veterinary Resources Branch, National Center for Research Resources, National Institurtes of Health , Bethesda, MD
Jan 1983 – Jun 1991
January, 1983 to June, 1991
National Institutes of Health Nutrition Unit, Small Animal Section, Veterinary Resources Branch, National
Center for Research Resources Bethesda, Maryland
As Biologist, assisted in collaborative nutritional research. This entailed reviewing the literature, writing proposals,
designing experimental protocols, performing experiments, analyzing the data, and presenting the data.
Assignments typically required the professional knowledge of the theories, principles, practices and techniques of biochemistry, physiology, nutrition and statistics. Significant accomplishments include: investigated the
relationship between diet and Wasting Marmoset Syndrome resulting in the development of an open formula
Callitrichidae diet; received the American Association of Laboratory Animal Science (AALAS) Technician's
Publication Award for a study involved in developing the Callitrichid diet; and discovered a life threatening zinc
toxicity in juvenile rhesus monkeys and eliminated the problem by nutritional intervention.
Primate Unit, Animal Center Section, Veterinary Resources Branch, Division of Research Services, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD
May 1976 – Jan 1983
May, 1976 to January, 1983
National Institutes of Health Primate Unit, Animal Center Section, Veterinary Resources Branch, Division of Research Services Bethesda, Maryland
As Biologist, assisted the veterinarians in the maintenance of the health of many species of quarantined nonhuman
primates. Supervised one laboratory technician and two animal caretakers. Served as coordinator for all colony
functions and as such was responsible for the satisfactory completion of many diverse projects. Assisted in conducting research in reproductive physiology, nutrition, and biological parameters of nonhuman primates.
Significant accomplishments include assisting in the development of the first high fiber Old World primate diet and reduction of the morbidity and mortality rate of quarantined primates.
National Water Conditioning Company, Bladensburg, MD
Apr 1975 – May 1976
developed the Baltimore and Eastern Shore territory in order to meet revenue and profit
objectives by selling water conditioning equipment to laboratories, hospitals, and manufacturers of various
products. Responsibilities included: managing sales activity for 20 major accounts; designing and implementing
programs and procedures resulting in increased productivity and efficiency; acquiring new customer accounts via
energetic cold calling techniques; and upgrading services for existing accounts. Achievements included outstanding
performance award for increased annual sales.
Biological Laboratory Technician
Primate Reproductive Physiology Laboratory, Litton Bionetics, Kensington, MD
May 1972 – May 1975
maintained a highly efficient primate breeding colony through fertility
analyses, by semen evaluation, laparoscopic examination, and record keeping. Assisted in primate fertility research such as the correction of female infertility using exogenous hormones.