Antonia G. Vitalo, B.Sc.
Graduate Student

Room: 407 Mugar Life Sciences
Phone: 617-373-2524

Academic Education:

B.Sc., Biology with Minor in Chemistry, Quinnipiac University, Hamden, CT (2007)

Professional Appointments:

Senior Research Associate, Benson-Henry Institute, Center for Engineering in Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA (2007- 2011)

Research Interests:

I am currently looking at the differentiation of radia glia in the regenerating spinal cord of the brown ghost knifefish Apteronotus leptorhynchus.

Prior to joining Northeastern University and the research group of Günther Zupanc, I looked at the effect of burn injury and brain development in a rat model of stress and resiliency for the Benson-Henry Institute at Massachusetts General Hospital.

Other Interests:

I am an avid runner. I have run the Boston Marathon twice in the past four years, and hope to run it again in the future. I am currently addicted to the Ragnar Relay running series. My friends and I have decided that we are going to see the country by running a Ragnar Relay in each state where it is offered. We have currently run relays in New York, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Florida.

Scientific Publications:

Vitalo, A., Fricchione, J., Casali, M., Berdichevsky, Y., Hoge, E.A., Rauch, S.L., Berthiaume, F., Yarmush, M.L., Benson, H., Fricchione G.L., Levine, J.B.: Nest making and oxytocin comparably promote wound healing in isolation reared rats. PLoS One 4, e5523 (2009), doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0005523

Zeidan, M.A., Igoe, S.A., Linnman, C., Vitalo, A., Levine, J.B., Klibanski, A., Goldstein, J.M., Milad, M.R.: Estradiol modulates medial prefrontal cortex and amygdala activity during fear extinction in woman and female rats. Biological Psychiatry 70, 920-927 (2011), doi:10.1016/j.biopsych.2011.05.016

Patel, S.J., Milwid, J.M., King, K.R., Bohr, S., Iracheta-Velle, A., Li, M., Vitalo, A., Parekkadan, B., Jindal, R., Yarmush, M.L.: Gap junction inhibition prevents drug-induced liver toxicity and fulminant hepatic failure. Nature Biotechnology 30, 179-183 (2012), doi:10.1038/nbt.2089

Vitalo, A.G., Gorantla, S., Fricchione, J.G., Scichilone, J.M., Camacho, J., Niemi, S.M., Denninger, J.W., Benson, H., Yarmush, M.L., Levine, J.B.: Environmental enrichment with nesting material accelerates wound healing in isolation-reared rats. Behavioural Brain Research 226, 606–612 (2012) doi:10.1016/j.bbr.2011.09.038

Bonab A.A., Fricchione J.G., Gorantla S., Vitalo A.G., Auster M.E., Levine S.J., Scichilone J.M., Hegde M., Foote W., Fricchione G.L., Denninger J.W., Yarmush D.M., Fischman A.J., Yarmush M.L., Levine J.B.: Isolation rearing significantly perturbs brain metabolism in the thalamus and hippocampus. Neuroscience 223, 457-464 (2012), doi:10.1016/j.neuroscience.2012.07.032

Bohr, S., Patel, S.J., Shen, K., Vitalo, A.G., Brines. M., Cerami, A., Berthiaume, F., Yarmush, M.L.: Alternative erythropoietin-mediated signaling prevents secondary microvascular thrombosis and inflammation within cutaneous burns. PNAS 110, 3513-3518 (2013), doi:10.1073/pnas.1214099110

Sîrbulescu, R.F., Ilieş, I., Vitalo, A.G., Trull, K., Zhu, J., Traniello, I.M., Zupanc, G.K.H.: Adult stem cells in the knifefish cerebellum. Developmental Neurobiology 75, 39-65 (2015), doi:10.1002/dneu.22210


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