Kijana George's Dissertation Defense (3/14/2022): The Role of Blood-Borne Factors in Triggering Atypical Astrocytes
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Virginia Tech Translational Biology, Medicine, and Health, Ph.D. Candidate
Wake Forest University, B.S., Biology with Chemistry Minor
Graduate Research Assistant, Center for Neurobiology
Stefanie Robel, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Cell, Developmental, and Integrative Biology, University of Alabama at Birmingham
- Michelle Olsen, Ph.D., Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies, School of Neuroscience, College of Science, Virginia Tech
- Matthew Buczynski, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, School of Neuroscience, College of Science, Virginia Tech
- Robert Gourdie, Ph.D., Commonwealth Research Commercialization Fund Eminent Scholar in Heart Reparative Medicine Research and Director, Center for Vascular and Heart Research, Fralin Biomedical Research Institute at VTC
- 2021 TBMH Student of the Year (Leadership)
- 1st Place in Biomedical Innovation Pitch Competition
- Phi Sigma National Biological Honors Society
- Recipient of NINDS Diversity Supplement
- 2021 Glial Trainee Symposium
- 2021 School of Neuroscience Retreat
- 2021 Annual Society for Neurochemistry
- 2021 Cold Spring Harbor Virtual Conference
- Central Virginia Chapter of School of Neuroscience
Kijana K. George & Benjamin P. Heithoff, Alex Shandra, and Stefanie Robel. (2021). Mild traumatic brain injury/ concussion initiates an atypical astrocyte response caused by blood-brain barrier dysfunction. Journal of Neurotrauma. Doi: 10.1089/neu.2021.0204.
Heithoff, B.P., George, K. K., Phares, A.N., Zuidhoek, I.A., Munoz-Ballester, C., Robel, S. (2020). Astrocytes are necessary for blood-brain barrier maintenance in the adult mouse brain. GLIA. doi: https://doi.org/10.1101/2020.03.16.993691.
Michael J. Zeitz, Patrick J. Calhoun, Carissa C. James, Thomas Taetzsch, Kijana K. George, Stefanie Robel, Gregorio Valdez, James W. Smyth (2019). Dynamic UTR Usage Regulates Alternative Translation to Modulate Gap Junction Formation during Stress and Aging. Cell Reports. doi: 10.1016/j.celrep.2019.04.114.
Oleksii Shandra, Alexander Winemiller, Benjamin Heithoff, Carmen Munoz-Ballester, Kijana George, Michael Benko, Ivan Zuidhoek, Michelle Besser, Dallece Curley, G. Edwards III, Anroux Mey, Alexys Harrington, Jeremy Kitchen, and Stefanie Robel. (2018). Repetitive Diffuse Mild Traumatic Brain Injury Causes an Atypical Astrocyte Response and Spontaneous Recurrent Seizures. Journal of Neuroscience, doi: 10.1523/JNEUROSCI.1067-18.2018.
- Graduate Student Representative for FBRI Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Group
- TBMH Peer Mentor