Glial Cell Biology

Within the Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology, a core group of researchers focuses on the diverse role of glial cells in nervous system development, disease and repair.

The mammalian nervous system is comprised of a complex array of multiple cell types required for neural function. Glial cells constitute a large fraction of cells in the vertebrate central and peripheral nervous systems. They provide critical support for the development, survival and function of neurons and neuronal circuits, and have diverse roles in modulating the extracellular environment in both health and disease.

Ongoing research investigates the cellular and molecular mechanisms underlying the behaviors and functions of glial cells in:

  • Development
  • Traumatic CNS injury
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Human immunodeficiency virus
  • Epilepsy
  • Drug abuse
  • Aging
  • Neuropsychiatric disease
John W. Bigbee, Ph.D. [View Image]

John W. Bigbee, Ph.D.

Professor

John W. Bigbee, Ph.D. [View Image]

John W. Bigbee, Ph.D.

Professor

Department of Anatomy & Neurobiology

Phone: 804-828-0948

Email: john.bigbee@vcuhealth.org

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Jeffrey L. Dupree, Ph.D. [View Image]

Jeffrey L. Dupree, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Jeffrey L. Dupree, Ph.D. [View Image]

Jeffrey L. Dupree, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Department of Anatomy & Neurobiology

Phone: 804-828-9536

Email: jeffrey.dupree@vcuhealth.org

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Babette Fuss, Ph.D. [View Image]

Babette Fuss, Ph.D.

Professor

Babette Fuss, Ph.D. [View Image]

Babette Fuss, Ph.D.

Professor

Department of Anatomy & Neurobiology

Phone: 804-827-0826

Email: babette.fuss@vcuhealth.org

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Yun Kyung Hahn, Ph.D. [View Image]

Yun Kyung Hahn, Ph.D.

Instructor

Yun Kyung Hahn, Ph.D. [View Image]

Yun Kyung Hahn, Ph.D.

Instructor

Department of Anatomy & Neurobiology

Email: yun.hahn@vcuhealth.org

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Pamela E. Knapp, Ph.D. [View Image]

Pamela E. Knapp, Ph.D.

Professor and Interim Chair

Pamela E. Knapp, Ph.D. [View Image]

Pamela E. Knapp, Ph.D.

Professor and Interim Chair

Department of Anatomy & Neurobiology

Phone: 804-628-7570

Email: pamela.knapp@vcuhealth.org

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Audrey D. Lafrenaye, Ph.D. [View Image]

Audrey D. Lafrenaye, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Audrey D. Lafrenaye, Ph.D. [View Image]

Audrey D. Lafrenaye, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Department of Anatomy & Neurobiology

Phone: 804-828-0527

Email: audrey.lafrenaye@vcuhealth.org

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Gretchen N. Neigh (McCandless), Ph.D. [View Image]

Gretchen N. Neigh (McCandless), Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Gretchen N. Neigh (McCandless), Ph.D. [View Image]

Gretchen N. Neigh (McCandless), Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Department of Anatomy & Neurobiology

Phone: 804-628-5152

Email: gretchen.mccandless@vcuhealth.org

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A. Rory McQuiston, Ph.D. [View Image]

A. Rory McQuiston, Ph.D.

Professor

A. Rory McQuiston, Ph.D. [View Image]

A. Rory McQuiston, Ph.D.

Professor

Department of Anatomy & Neurobiology

Phone: 804-828-1573

Email: adam.mcquiston@vcuhealth.org

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Dong Sun, M.D., Ph.D. [View Image]

Dong Sun, M.D., Ph.D.

Professor

Dong Sun, M.D., Ph.D. [View Image]

Dong Sun, M.D., Ph.D.

Professor

Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology

Phone: 804-828-1318

Fax: 804-828-3276

Email: dong.sun@vcuhealth.org

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