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Matthew L. Baer

Matthew BaerEducation:

University of Virginia, B.A. in Psychology (2007)
Hometown: South Orange, NJ
PhD Advisor: Raymond Colello, PhD
Graduate Program: Neuroscience

 

Research Interests:

Neurogenesis and regeneration, Circadian rhythms, Sleep, Memory, Consciousness, Biostatistics

Personal Bio:

Matthew was born in New York City and lived there until his family moved to New Jersey when he was 10. He went to UVA where he studied psychology and architecture. He took two years after college to complete his pre-medical coursework and apply for medical school. He matriculated at VCU in 2009, defended his dissertation in the summer of 2015, and is anticipating graduating in May 2018. He served as co-president of the MD-PhD program during his G2 year, and was appointed to the MD-PhD student council in 2017 where he has worked on developing the longitudinal clinical curriculum.

Honors, Awards, and Grants:

Phi Kappa Phi honor society, inducted November 20, 2014.
Phi Kappa Phi School of Medicine Achievement Award, received April 23, 2015.

Professional, Leadership, and Service Activities:

MD-PhD program co-president 2012 - 2013
MD-PhD student council representative 2017 - present
Admissions Committee 2012 - present
Student Interest Group in Neurology President 2012 - 2013
Crossover Clinic Volunteer Coordinator 2013 - 2014

Publications:

Vascak, M; Sun, J; Baer, M; Jacobs, KM; and Povlishock, JR. (2017). Mild traumatic brain injury evokes pyramidal neuron axon initial segment plasticity and diffuse presynaptic inhibitory terminal loss. Frontiers in Cellular Neuroscience. Jun 6;11:157.

Baer, ML; and Colello, RJ. (2016). Endogenous bioelectric fields: a putative regulator of wound repair and regeneration in the central nervous system. Neural Regen. Res. 11(6):861-4.

Clark, KC; Josephson, A; Benusa, SD; Hartley, RK; Baer, ML; Thummala, S; Joslyn, M; Sword, BA; Elford, H; Oh, U; Dilsizoglu-Senol, A; Lubetzki, C; Davenne, M; DeVries, GH; and Dupree, JL. (2016). Compromised axon initial segment integrity in EAE is preceded by microglial reactivity and contact. Glia. 64(7):1190-209.

Baer, ML; Henderson, SC; and Colello, RJ. (2015). Elucidating the role of injury-induced electric fields (EFs) in regulating the astrocytic response to injury in the mammalian central nervous system. PLoS One. 10(11):e0142740.

Mohawk, J; Baer, ML; and Menaker, M. (2009). The methamphetamine-sensitive circadian oscillator does not employ canonical clock genes. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U.S.A. 106(9):3519-24.

Abstracts, Posters, and Presentations:

Presentations
Baer, ML; Henderson, SC; and Colello, RJ. March 2015. Physiologic electric fields regulate the astrocytic response to injury. Data Blitz presentation, Central Virginia Chapter of the Society for Neuroscience, Richmond, VA.

Baer, ML; Brown, DE; Madiraju, RV; Colello, RJ. November 2013. Membrane fusion with poly-ethylene glycol improves the regenerative potential of the injured nervous system by limiting axon damage and by attenuating reactive astrocytosis. Nanosymposium presentation, Society for Neuroscience, San Diego, CA.

Abstracts
Jacobs, K.; Sun, J.; Lee, D.; Baer, M.; & Vascak, M. July 2017. Decreased Effectiveness of the Axon Initial Segment in Generating an Action Potential after mild central fluid percussion injury. Abstract for poster presentation, National Neurotrauma Society, Snowbird, UT.

Vascak, M; Baer, ML; & Povlishock, JT. October 2015. The effect of mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) on the structural plasticity of the axon initial segment (AIS). Abstract for poster presentation, Society for Neuroscience, Chicago, IL.

Vascak, M; Baer, ML; & Povlishock, JT. June 2015. The effect of mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) on the structural plasticity of the axon initial segment (AIS). Abstract for poster presentation, National Neurotrauma Society, Santa Fe, NM.

George, NM; Clark, KC; Brookins, SD; Thummala, S; Joslyn, M; Josephson, A; Baer, ML; Oh, U; DeVries, G; & Dupree, JL. March 2015. Axon initial segment degeneration is reversible in a murine model of multiple sclerosis. Abstract for poster presentation, Central Virginia Chapter of the Society for Neuroscience, Richmond, VA.

Baer, ML; Henderson, SC; & Colello, RJ. November 2014. Injury induced electric fields drive astrocyte reactivity in vitro. Abstract for poster presentation, Society for Neuroscience, Washington D.C.

Baer, ML; Dhar, D; Brown, DE; Henderson, SC; & Colello, RJ. November 2013. Direct-current electric fields elicit intensity-dependent regenerative behaviors in mammalian astrocytes. Abstract for poster presentation, Society for Neuroscience, San Diego, CA.

Baer, ML & Colello, RJ. August 2013. Rapid membrane fusion with poly-ethylene glycol attenuates reactive gliosis after in vitro injury. Abstract for poster presentation, National Neurotrauma Society, Nashville, TN.

Baer, ML, Brown, DE, Simpson, D., and Colello, RJ. March 2013. Rapid membrane fusion after trauma by poly-ethylene glycol prevents astrocyte reactivity and fiber-tract degeneration. Abstract for poster presentation, Central Virginia Chapter of the Society for Neuroscience, Roanoke, VA.

Dhar, D, Baer, ML, Brown, DE, Henderson, SC, & Colello, RJ. December 2012. Astrocyte behavior is affected by direct-current electric fields and is dependent upon field strength. Abstract for poster presentation, Central Virginia Chapter of the Society for Neuroscience, Richmond, VA.