Dr. Brian Whitlock 

Dr. Brian K. Whitlock

Adjunct Associate Professor


2207 River Drive
Room C217B
Knoxville, Tennessee 37996
Phone: (865) 974-5701
email: bwhitloc@utk.edu



1997 BS, Campbellsville University (Chemistry), Campbellsville, KY.
1999 MS, Michigan State University (Animal Science), E. Lansing, MI.
2003 DVM, Auburn University, Auburn, AL.
2007 DACT, Auburn University (Theriogenology Residency), Auburn, AL.
2009  PhD, Auburn University (Biomedical Sci, Neuroendocrinology), Auburn, AL


2008 – 2014, Assistant Professor, Large Animal Clinical Sciences, University of TN.
2014 – Present, Associate Professor, Large Animal Clinical Sciences, University of TN

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Professional Interest: Ruminant Reproductive Physiology, Neuroendocrinology, Appetite Regulation, Animal Health

Dr. Whitlock’s primary research interest is in the area of ruminant reproductive neuroendocrinology and physiology with special emphasis on understanding the role of kisspeptin in regulation of the hypothalamic-pituitary-gonadal axis. In addition to studying reproductive endocrinology, Dr. Whitlock utilizes an intracerebroventricular catheterization model in sheep (placing and maintaining a catheter within the lateral ventricles of the brains of sheep) to study the regulation of reproduction, appetite, metabolism, and the interaction of these systems in ruminants. Currently, Dr. Whitlock has two graduate students, Mrs. Lisa Amelse and Dr. Riley Thompson, DVM. Lisa is conducting in vitro studies with GT1-7 cells and kisspeptin and Dr. Thompson is conducting reproductive physiology research with the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute.


Selected Publications

  • ​J.A. Daniel, B.K. Whitlock, D.L. Marks, J.A. Gard, and J.L. Sartin. Leukemia inhibitory factor as a mediator of lipopolysaccharide effects on appetite and selected hormones and metabolites. 2016. Journal of Animal Science. 94(7): 2789-2797.

  • V.M. Tanco, B.K. Whitlock, M.A. Jones, R.R. Wilborn, T.D. Brandebourg, and C.D. Foradori. 2016. Distribution and regulation of gonadotropin-releasing hormone, kisspeptin, RF-amide related peptide-3, and dynorphin in the bovine hypothalamus. PeerJ E1833 (DOI: 10.7717/peerj.1833).

  • B.K. Whitlock, J. A. Daniel, L. L. Amelse, V. M. Tanco, K. A. Chameroy and F. N. Schrick. 2015. Kisspeptin receptor agonist (FTM080) increased plasma concentrations of luteinizing hormone in anestrous ewes. PeerJ. 3:e1382.

  • J.A. Daniel, C. D. Foradori, B.K. Whitlock and J. L. Sartin. 2015. Reproduction and beyond, kisspeptin in ruminants. Journal of Animal Science and Biotechnology. 6(1): Article number 23.

  • H. L. Gray-Edwards, S. M. Hubbard, A. E. Randle, M. Hwang, A. M. Bradbury, V. J. McCurdy, D. U. Wilson, J. A. Hudson, B.K. Whitlock, J. L. Sartin, N. Salibi, R. J. Beyers, T. S. Denney, J. A. Johnson,  K. P. Riddell,  N. R. Cox, M. Sena-Estevez,  D. R. Martin. 2015. AAV Gene Therapy Strategies for Lysosomal Storage Disorders with Central Nervous System Involvement. Gene Delivery and Therapy for Neurological Disorders. Vol. 98, pp 265-295.

  • J.A. Daniel, C. D. Foradori, B.K. Whitlock, and J. L. Sartin. 2013. Hypothalamic integration of nutrient status and reproduction in the sheep. Reproduction in Domestic Animals.

  • B.K. Whitlock, E. A. Coffman, J. F. Coetzee, J. A. Daniel. 2012. Electroejaculation increased vocalization and plasma concentrations of cortisol and progesterone, but not substance P, in beef bulls. Theriogenology. 78(4): 737-746. 

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