Undergraduate education

Saint Johns University - BA (2010)

Years in MSTP


PhD program

Comparative Biomedical Sciences, 2016


Tracy Baker Herman, PhD

Thesis title

Complex signaling mechanisms give rise to adaptive behaviors in respiratory motor control


Neurosurgery, University of Pittsburgh, 2018-

Current position

Resident, Department of Neurological Surgery, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

Undergraduate and/or masters publications

Datt A, Fields D, Larsen S. An Experimental and Computational Study of the Loading and Release of Aspirin from Zeolite HY. Physical Chemistry. 2012 October;116(40):21382-21390.

Devinney MJ, Fields DP and Mitchell GS. Spinal PKC-θ activity is required for phrenic long-term facilitation after acute intermittent hypoxia. Faseb Journal. 2013 Apr;27.

Fields D, Miranpuri S, Miranpuri G, Resnick D. The multifunctional and multi-system influence of Ghrelin in the treatment of diabetic and spinal cord injury induced Neuropathy. Ann Neurosci. 2011 Jul;18(3):118-22. Review. PMID: 25205937; PMCID: PMC4116944.

PhD publications

Braegelmann KM, Streeter KA, Fields DP, Baker TL. Plasticity in respiratory motor neurons in response to reduced synaptic inputs: A form of homeostatic plasticity in respiratory control? Exp Neurol. 2017 Jan;287(Pt 2):225-234. Review. PMID: 27456270; PMCID: PMC5683174. 

Dale EA, Fields DP, Devinney MJ, Mitchell GS. Phrenic motor neuron TrkB expression is necessary for acute intermittent hypoxia-induced phrenic long-term facilitation. Exp Neurol. 2017 Jan; 287(Pt 2):130-136. PMID: 27185271; PMCID: PMC5193112.

Fields DP, Mitchell GS. Divergent cAMP signaling differentially regulates serotonin-induced spinal motor plasticity. Neuropharmacology. 2017 Feb;113(Pt A):82-88. PMID: 27663700; PMCID: PMC5193111.

Fields DP, Springborn SR, Mitchell GS. 5HT7 receptor induced phrenic motor facilitation requires EPAC and mTORC1, but not PKA activity. J Neurophys. 2015 Sep;114(3):2015-2022. PMID: 26269554; PMCID: PMC4583563.

Fields DP, Mitchell GS. Spinal metaplasticity in respiratory motor control. Front Neural Circuits. 2015 Feb 11;9:2. PMID: 25717292; PMCID: PMC4324138.

Devinney MJ, Fields DP, Huxtable AG, Peterson TJ, Dale EA, Mitchell GS. Phrenic long-term facilitation requires PKCθ activity within phrenic motor neurons. J Neurosci. 2015 May 27;35(21):8107-17. PMID: 26019328; PMCID:PMC4444536.

Doughtery B, Fields DP, Mitchell GS. Mammalian Target of Rapamycin is required for phrenic long-term facilitation following severe but not moderate acute intermittent hypoxia. J Neurophys. 2015 Sep;114(3):1784-91. PMID: 26224775; PMCID: PMC4571765.

Perim RR, Fields DP, Mitchell GS. Cross-talk inhibition between 5-HT(2B) and 5-HT(7) receptors in phrenic motor facilitation via NADPH oxidase and PKA. Am J Physiol Regul Integr Comp Physiol. May;314(5):R709-715. PMID: 29384698; PMCID: PMC6008113.