Kristina Witcher

Kristina Witcher

Kristina Witcher

Medical Scientist Training Program Student; Co-Advisors: Jonathan Godbout and Daniel Eiferman

Kristina.Witcher@osumc.edu

(614) 366-3496

247 Institute for Behavioral Medicine Research
460 Medical Center Drive
Columbus, OH
43210

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Areas of Expertise

  • Stress and Neuroimmunology
  • Neurotrauma, Neurological Disorders, and Gene Therapy

Education

  • BA Biochemistry and Neuroscience, Oberlin College

Research:

My current research interest is in understanding the pathophysiology of traumatic brain injury and how microglia and macrophages propagate neuroinflammation following injury.

Awards:

2018 - Presidential Fellowship, The Ohio State University Graduate School
2018 - First Place Oral Presentation, The Ohio State University IGP Symposium
2018 - Oral Presentation Award, The Ohio State University IBMR Research Day
2016 - Anthony Marmarou Award, National Neurotrauma Society
2016 - Second place biological sciences poster, Edward Hayes Graduate Forum, OSU
2016 - Fellow, T32 Training Grant NIH-CTOC

Publications:

Witcher KG, Godbout JP. (2017) Can Sustained Glia-Mediated Brain Inflammation After Repeated Concussive Brain Injury Be Detected In Vivo? JAMA Neurol. 74(1):23-25. doi: 10.1001/jamaneurol.2016.4539. PubMed PMID: 27893875.

Witcher KG, Eiferman DS, Godbout JP. (2015) Priming the inflammatory pump of the CNS after traumatic brain injury. Trends in Neuroscience, 38(10):609-20.

Presentations:

Witcher KG, Bray CE, Dziabis JE, McKim DB, Benner BN, Rowe RK, Kokiko-Cochran ON, Popovich PG, Lifshitz J, Eiferman DS, Godbout JP. Traumatic brain injury-induced neuronal damage induces cortical rod microglia that promote persistent neuroinflammation. Society for Neuroscience Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA. November 2018. 

Witcher KG, Bray CE, Dziabis JE, McKim DB, Benner BN, Rowe RK, Kokiko-Cochran ON, Popovich PG, Lifshitz J, Eiferman DS, Godbout JP. Traumatic brain injury-induced neuronal damage induces cortical rod microglia that promote persistent neuroinflammation. National Neurotrauma Symposium, Toronto, Canada. August 2018. 

Witcher KG and Godbout JP. Traumatic brain injury-induced neuronal damage causes resident microglia to form rod shaped glia that promote neuroinflammation. Integrated Graduate Programs Research Day, Columbus, OH. May 2018.

Witcher KG and Godbout JP. Traumatic brain injury-induced neuronal damage causes resident microglia to form rod shaped glia that promote neuroinflammation. Institute for Behavioral Medicine Research Day, Columbus, OH. April 2018.

Witcher KG and Godbout JP. Rod microglia are resident CNS cells associated with neuronal injury after traumatic brain injury. Medical Scientist Training Program Winter Retreat, Columbus, OH. March 2018. 

Witcher KG, Bray CE, Dziabis JE, McKim DB, Benner BN, Rowe RK, Kokiko-Cochran ON, Popovich PG, Lifshitz J, Eiferman DS, Godbout JP. Traumatic brain injury-induced neuronal damage causes resident microglia to form rod-shaped glia that promote astrogliosis and neuroinflammation. College of Dentistry Research Day, Ohio State University, Columbus, OH. February 2018. 

Witcher KG, Benner BN, McKim DB, Lifshitz J, Eiferman DS, Godbout JP. Resident microglia form rod-shaped structures in cortical regions of neuronal damage and inflammation after diffuse traumatic brain injury. Society for Neuroscience, Washington D.C. November 2017. 

Witcher KG, Godbout JP. Rod microglia are resident CNS cells associated with axotomized neurons after traumatic brain injury. Spinal Cord Injury Research Meeting, Ohio State University, Columbus, OH. October 2017.

Witcher KG, Benner BN, Muccigrosso MM, McKim DB, Fenn AM, Lifshitz J, Eiferman DS, Godbout JP. Rod microglia align with blood vessels in regions of neuronal axotomy after diffuse traumatic brain injury. Institute for Behavioral Medicine Research Day, Ohio State University, Columbus, OH. April 2017.

Witcher KG, Benner BN, Muccigrosso MM, McKim DB, Fenn AM, Lifshitz J, Eiferman DS, Godbout JP. Rod microglia induced by traumatic brain injury are resident cells that align with blood vessels and damaged neurons. Hayes Graduate Research Forum, Ohio State University, Columbus, OH. February 2017 and College of Dentistry Research Day, Ohio State University, Columbus, OH. April 2017. 
 
Witcher KG, Benner BN, Muccigrosso MM, McKim DB, Fenn AM, Lifshitz J, Eiferman DS, Godbout JP. Rod-shaped cells induced by traumatic brain injury are resident microglia that align with blood vessels in close proximity to damaged neurons. National Neurotrauma Symposium, Lexington, KY. June 2016 and Society for Neuroscience , San Diego, CA. November 2016. 

Witcher KG, Benner BN, Eiferman DS, Godbout JP. Characterization of Rod Microglia after Diffuse Traumatic Brain Injury. Institute for Behavioral Medicine Research Day, Ohio State University, Columbus, OH. April 2016. 

Witcher KG, Benner BN, McKim DB, Fenn AM, Eiferman DS, Godbout JP. Traumatic brain injury causes the formation of rod microglia/macrophages in the cortex. Hayes Graduate Research Forum, Ohio State University, Columbus, OH. February 2016.

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