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photo Kathryn M Albers, PhD


Professor of Neurobiology and Medicine


Phone: 412-648-9669

Office: E1454 BST
200 Lothrop St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Phone: 412-648-9669
Fax: 412-383-5466
Education and Training
PhD, SUNY at Stony Brook, 1985
Postdoctoral, University of Chicago, 1990
Research Interest
Dr. Albers is a Professor of Neurobiology and Medicine whose research interests are focused on tissue-derived neurotrophic growth factors that regulate sensory neuron development, their functional properties, and changes in excitability that occur following nerve injury and disease. Dr. Albers has an additional project examining the function of the transcription factor Sox11. Sox11 plays a critical role in embryonic neuron specification, growth and survival, and adult peripheral nerve regeneration.
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Selected Publications:
Slaerno, K.M., Jing, X., Diges, C.M., Cornuet, P.K., Glorioso, J.C., Albers, K.M. Sox11 modulates brain-derived neurotrophic factor expression in an exon promoter-specific manner. Journal of Neuroscience Research. 2012; 90(5): 1011-9.
Wang, S., Song, J., Tan, M., Albers, K.M., Jia, J. Mitochondrial fission proteins in peripheral blood lymphocytes are potential biomarkers for Alzheimer's disease. European Journal of Neurology. 2012; 19(7): 101-22.
Henson, B.J., Zhu, W., Hardaway, K., Wetzel, J.L., Stefan, M., Albers, K.M., Nicholls, R.D. Transcriptional and post-transcriptional regulation of SPAST, the gene most frequently mutated in hereditary spastic paraplegia. PLoS One. 2012; 7(5): e36505.
Notable Achievements
Member, Society for Neuroscience, 1992 - Present
Member, American Association for the Advancement of Science, 2001 - Present
Member, International Association for the Study of Pain, 2005 - Present
Helen H. Molinari Memorial Lecturer, 2011 - Present
Member, NIH SCS Study Section, 2003-2009