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Qualifications

  • PhD, University of Newcastle, 06/05/1994
  • Advanced Certificate in Aircraft Maint Eng (Elect), Royal Australian Air Force - RTO, 22/10/1996
  • Diploma of Business (Frontline Management), GE Consultancy Pty Ltd (RTO), 15/12/2004
  • Bachelor of Science (Honours), University of Newcastle, 02/05/1987

Research

Research keywords

  • development, endocrinology, metamorphosis
  • phenotypic plasticity

Research expertise

My research has a diverse background in plant, microbiological and human biology specialising in molecular biology and genetics. I have used this expertise to explore the conservation of hormone regulation in the processes of tadpole metamorphosis and relate this to human birth where the transition from aqueous to terrestrial environments is so similar yet so distant in evolutionary time terms.

Fields of Research

CodeDescriptionPercentage
060700Plant Biology65
060199Biochemistry And Cell Biology Not Elsewhere Classified35

Invitations

Sessional Teaching program
University of Newcastle, Australia (Teacher)
2004

Administrative

Administrative expertise

I have significant training in Laboratory Management and OH&S. I am managing the Mothers & Babies Research Centre laboratories and personnel (~100 people) who include an enormous diversity of disciplines including medicine, biology, chemistry, psychology, engineering, mathematics.

Teaching

Teaching keywords

  • post graduate training curriculum
  • techniques for teaching

Teaching expertise

I have wide ranging expertise in teaching in diverse settings including lectures, laboratories, field stations and research stations at undergraduate and post-graduate level.

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Highlighted Publications

For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2002Mesiano S, Chan EC, Fitter JT, Kwek K, Yeo G, Smith R, 'Progesterone withdrawal and estrogen activation in human parturition are coordinated by progesterone receptor-A expression in the myometrium', Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism, 87 2924-2930 (2002) [C1]

Co-authors: ROGER SMITH

2006Rose RJ, Fitter JT, McCurdy DW, Sheahan MB, 'Mitochondrial Somatic Genetics and Homeotic Effects on Flower Morphology', Floriculture, Ornamental and Plant Biotechnology: advances and topical issues, Global Science Books, Isleworth, United Kingdom 210-215 (2006) [B1]

Co-authors: DAVID MCCURDY, RAY ROSE

Publications

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Chapter (2 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2006Rose RJ, Fitter JT, McCurdy DW, Sheahan MB, 'Mitochondrial Somatic Genetics and Homeotic Effects on Flower Morphology', Floriculture, Ornamental and Plant Biotechnology: advances and topical issues, Global Science Books, Isleworth, United Kingdom 210-215 (2006) [B1]

Co-authors: DAVID MCCURDY, RAY ROSE

2000Smith R, Changs E-C, Mesiano S, Nicholson R, Cheng Y-H, Bowman M, et al., 'Regulation of parturition: The role of CRH', Hormones and Women's Health The Reproductive Years, Harwood Academic Publishers, Amsterdam, The Netherlands 215-219 (2000) [B1]

Journal article (10 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2014Chai SY, Smith R, Fitter JT, Mitchell C, Pan X, Ilicic M, et al., 'Increased progesterone receptor A expression in labouring human myometrium is associated with decreased promoter occupancy by the histone demethylase JARID1A.', Mol Hum Reprod, 20 442-453 (2014)
2005Fitter JT, Thomas MR, Niu C, Rose RJ, 'Investigation of Nicotiana tabacum (plus) N suaveolens cybrids with carpelloid stamens', Journal of Plant Physiology, 162 225-235 (2005) [C1]
2002Mesiano S, Chan EC, Fitter JT, Kwek K, Yeo G, Smith R, 'Progesterone withdrawal and estrogen activation in human parturition are coordinated by progesterone receptor-A expression in the myometrium', Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism, 87 2924-2930 (2002) [C1]

Co-authors: ROGER SMITH

2000Cheng Y, Nicholson RC, King BR, Chan EC, Fitter JT, Smith R, 'Corticotropin-Releasing Hormone Gene Expresssion in Primary Placental Cells is Modulated by Cyclic Adenosine 3',5'-Monophosphate', The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism, 85 1239-1244 (2000) [C1]

Co-authors: Bruce King, ROGER SMITH

2000Cheng Y, Nicholson RC, King BR, Chan EC, Fitter JT, Smith R, 'Glucocorticoid stimulation of Corticiotrophin-releasing hormone gene expression requires a Cyclic Adenosine 3',5'-Monophosphate regulatory element in human primary Placental Cytotrophoblast Cells', The journal of Clinical Endocrinology And Metabolism, 85 (2000) [C1]

Co-authors: Bruce King, ROGER SMITH

2000West NP, Jungnitz H, Fitter JT, McArthur JD, Guzman CA, Walker MJ, 'Role of phosphoglucomutase of Bordetella bronchiseptica in lipopolysaccharide biosynthesis and virulence', INFECTION AND IMMUNITY, 68 4673-4680 (2000)
1997West NP, Fitter JT, Jakubzik U, Rodhe M, Guzman CA, Walker MJ, 'Non-motile mini-transposon mutants of Bordetella bronchiseptica exhibit altered abilities to invade and survive in eukaryotic cells', FEMS MICROBIOLOGY LETTERS, 146 263-269 (1997)
1997Ni X, Chan EC, Fitter JT, Smith R, 'Nitric oxide inhibits corticotropin-releasing hormone exocytosis but not synthesis by cultured human trophoblasts', JOURNAL OF CLINICAL ENDOCRINOLOGY & METABOLISM, 82 4171-4175 (1997)
1996Fitter JT, Thomas MR, Rose RJ, SteeleScott N, 'Heteroplasmy of the chloroplast genome of Medicago sativa L cv 'Regen S' confirmed by sequence analysis', THEORETICAL AND APPLIED GENETICS, 93 685-690 (1996)
1993FITTER JT, ROSE RJ, 'INVESTIGATION OF CHLOROPLAST DNA HETEROPLASMY IN MEDICAGO-SATIVA L USING CULTURED TISSUE', THEORETICAL AND APPLIED GENETICS, 86 65-70 (1993)

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Co-authors: RAY ROSE

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Conference (4 outputs)

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2012Pan X, Nicholson RC, Scott R, Fitter JT, Smith R, Zakar T, 'DNA methylation associated with induction of CRH gene expression in trophoblast cells', Abstracts. The Annual Scientific Meeting of the Endocrine Society of Australia and the Society for Reproductive Biology 2012, Gold Coast, QLD (2012) [E3]
2012Chai S, Fitter JT, Smith R, Madsen GM, 'DNA methylation of progesterone receptor isoforms in term human myometrium', Abstracts. The Annual Scientific Meeting of the Endocrine Society of Australia and the Society for Reproductive Biology 2012, Gold Coast, QLD (2012) [E3]
2006Minahan KL, Clulow J, Mahony MJ, Smith R, Fitter JT, 'Different environmental stresses elicit differential CRH responses in limnodynastes peronii', Endocrine Journal-Continuation of Endocrinologia Japonica, Queensland, Australia (2006) [E3]
1990ROSE RJ, THOMAS MR, FITTER JT, 'THE TRANSFER OF CYTOPLASMIC AND NUCLEAR GENOMES BY SOMATIC HYBRIDIZATION', AUSTRALIAN JOURNAL OF PLANT PHYSIOLOGY, UNIV QUEENSLAND, BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA (1990)

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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants13
Total funding$549,054

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2012 (3 grants)

Nikon C2 + Si Confocal Microscope$75,000
Funding Body: Ramaciotti Foundations

Project Team
Conjoint Professor Ian Symonds, Doctor John Fitter
SchemeRole
Major Equipment AwardInvestigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$75,00020122013
GNo:G1200728

Nikon C2 + Si Confocal Microscope$75,000
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Doctor John Fitter, Conjoint Professor Ian Symonds
SchemeRole
Equipment GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$75,00020122013
GNo:G1200747

Nikon C2 + Si Confocal Microscope $41,814
Funding Body: Hunter Medical Research Institute

Project Team
Doctor John Fitter
SchemeRole
Equipment GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$41,81420122013
GNo:G1201046

2008 (2 grants)

Equipment Grant - Bio Doc IT with M-26 (21 x 26 cm H/L transluminator)$14,933
Funding Body: Hunter Medical Research Institute

Project Team
Doctor John Fitter
SchemeRole
Equipment GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$14,93320082008
GNo:G0189034

LED fluorescence illuminators and filter set (525nm + 575DF20) for LAS3000 image analysis system$9,600
Funding Body: NHMRC (National Health & Medical Research Council)

Project Team
Professor Roger Smith, Conjoint Professor Ian Symonds, Conjoint Associate Professor Andrew Bisits, Conjoint Professor Tam Zakar, Doctor John Fitter, Doctor Cheng Chan, Conjoint Associate Professor Rick Nicholson, Doctor Giavanna Angeli, Doctor Kaushik Maiti, Doctor Jonathan Paul, Professor Jon Hirst, Doctor Hannah Palliser, Professor Eugenie Lumbers
SchemeRole
Equipment GrantInvestigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$9,60020082008
GNo:G0188543

2007 (1 grants)

Beta Radiation Counter Instrument facility$25,670
Funding Body: NHMRC (National Health & Medical Research Council)

Project Team
Professor Roger Smith, Conjoint Associate Professor Vicki Clifton, Conjoint Professor Tam Zakar, Conjoint Associate Professor Rick Nicholson, Dr Mark Read, Doctor Cheng Chan, Doctor John Fitter, Conjoint Associate Professor Andrew Bisits, Professor Jon Hirst, Doctor Hannah Palliser, Conjoint Professor Ian Symonds
SchemeRole
Equipment GrantInvestigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$25,67020072007
GNo:G0188194

2005 (1 grants)

Endocrine Regulation of Normal and Stress-Induced Metamorphosis in an Australian Frog: Limnodynastes peronii$7,537
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Professor Michael Mahony, Doctor John Clulow, Doctor John Fitter
SchemeRole
Project GrantInvestigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$7,53720052005
GNo:G0184655

2004 (1 grants)

Endocrine regulation of normal and stress-induced metamorphosis in an Australian Frog: Limnodynastes peronii$11,000
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Doctor John Clulow, Professor Michael Mahony, Doctor John Fitter
SchemeRole
Project GrantInvestigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$11,00020042004
GNo:G0183520

2003 (1 grants)

Interactions of genome, phenome and environmental stress on tadpole metamorphosis$12,000
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Professor Michael Mahony, Doctor John Clulow, Doctor John Fitter
SchemeRole
Project GrantInvestigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$12,00020032003
GNo:G0182398

2002 (1 grants)

Expression of the homeobox gene HOXA10 in human parturition$13,000
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Doctor John Fitter, Professor Roger Smith
SchemeRole
Project GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$13,00020022002
GNo:G0181295

2001 (1 grants)

The role of CRH and the CRH receptor in hormonal control of frog metamorphosis$5,000
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Doctor John Fitter, Professor Michael Mahony, Conjoint Professor Anthony Leong
SchemeRole
Project GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$5,00020012001
GNo:G0180088

1998 (1 grants)

The regulation and the signalling pathway of placental corticotropin-releasing hormone receptor/s in human pregnancy$14,000
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Doctor John Fitter, Professor Roger Smith
SchemeRole
Project GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$14,00019981998
GNo:G0177268

1996 (1 grants)

South-East Asian Australian Preterm Labour Study Group.$244,500
Funding Body: Department of Education, Training & Youth Affairs

Project Team
Emeritus Professor William Walters, Professor Roger Smith, Conjoint Professor Warwick Giles, Conjoint Associate Professor Andrew Bisits, Doctor Cheng Chan, Dr Stephen O'Callaghan, Doctor Jenny Stewart Williams, Mrs Maria Bowman, Doctor John Fitter
SchemeRole
Targetted Institutional Links ProgramInvestigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$244,50019961998
GNo:G0176589
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Research Supervision

Number of current supervisions1
Total current UoN PhD EFTSL0.1

For supervisions undertaken at an institution other that the University of Newcastle, the institution name is listed below the program name.

Current Supervision

CommencedProposed
Completion
ProgramSupervisor TypeResearch Title
20092013PhD (Medicine)Co-SupervisorEpigenetic Regulation of the CRH Gene in Pregnancy

Past Supervision

YearProgramSupervisor TypeResearch Title
2006Honours Biol Sc Not Elsewhere Classifd
University of Newcastle
Co-SupervisorThe role of CRH in development and plasticity oin the amphibian Lymnodynastes peronii
2003Honours Biol Sc Not Elsewhere Classifd
University of Newcastle
Co-SupervisorThe role of corticotropin releasing hormone and its receptor in the metamorphosis of Australian anurans
1998Honours Biol Sc Not Elsewhere Classifd
University of Newcastle
Sole SupervisorRegulation of Corticotropin Releasing Hormone in Human Placental Cells
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Dr John Fitter

Work Phone(02) 40420361
Fax(02) 40420045
Email
PositionLaboratory and Research Manager
Mothers & Babies Research Centre
School of Medicine and Public Health
Faculty of Health and Medicine
The University of Newcastle, Australia
Office
HMRI 3406,
Hunter Medical Research Institute,
John Hunter Hospital campus
URL:www.newcastle.edu.au/profile/john-fitter
Linkhttp://www.mothersbabies.com/