Glia Group aims to bring together WashU scientists interested in understanding the role of glial cells in the CNS and PNS through works-in-progress and recent publication discussions.

Explore the archives below.

Glia Group Schedule – Spring 2020

January 15, 2020

Lorenzo Lones (DiAntonio lab, WashU Developmental Biology)

“Epigenetic Signaling in Glia Controls Presynaptic Homeostatic Plasticity” Neuron 2019

January 29, 2020

Celia McKee (Musiek lab, WashU Neurology)

“Astrocyte Functions Controlled by Circadian Clock Gene Bmall”

February 12, 2020

Allison Soung (Klein lab, WashU Medicine)

“Cxcr4 distinguishes HSC-derived monocytes from microglia and reveals monocyte immune responses to experimental stroke” Nature Neuroscience 2020

February 26, 2020

Artem Arutyunov (Klein lab, WashU Medicine)

“Specialized cutaneous Schwann cells initiate pain sensation”  Science 2019

March 11, 2020 – NOTE location: Farrell LTC 205

Mike Vasek (Dougherty lab, WashU Genetics)

“Local protein synthesis within microglia at perisynaptic and phagocytic sites”

CANCELLED – March 25, 2020

Marlene Kanmogne (Klein lab, WashU Medicine)

VIRTUAL Glia meetings

For  Zoom access contact Celia McKee.

April 15, 2020

Erik Herzog (WashU Biology)

“Deletion of astrocytic BMAL1 results in metabolic imbalance and shorter lifespan in mice”  Glia 2019

April 22, 2020

Nathan Pomper (Miller lab, WashU Neurology)

“Influence of potential COVID-19 treatments on glia”

April 29, 2020

Matthew Rosene (Karch lab, WashU Psychiatry)

“NLRP3 inflammasome activation drives tau pathology”  Nature 2019

May 6, 2020

Katie Lefton (Papouin lab, WashU Dept. of Neuroscience)

“Structural basis of astrocytic Ca2+ signals at tripartite synapses”  Nature Communications 2020

May 13, 2020

Brian Lannana (Imai lab, WashU Developmental Biology)

“Microglia mediate forgetting via complement-dependent synaptic elimination”  Science 2020

May 20, 2020

Robert Chen (Gordon lab, WashU Pathology and Immunology)

“The gut microbiota modulates neuronal gene expression at the single-nuclear level”

May 27, 2020

Erik Musiek (WashU Neurology)

“Astrocytes in Neurodegeneration”

Glia Group Schedule – Fall 2019

August 28, 2019

Lauren Broestl (Rubin lab, WashU Pediatrics)

“Astrocyte Senescence Contributes to Sex Differences in the Age-Related Increase in Glioblastoma Incidence”

September 11, 2019

Artem Arutyunov (Klein lab, WashU Medicine)

“Central nervous system regeneration is driven by microglia necroptosis and repopulation” Nature Neuroscience 2019

September 25, 2019

Monica Xiong (Holtzman lab, WashU Neurology)

“ApoE immunotherapy reduces vascular amyloid pathology and rescues cerebrovascular dysfunction”

October 9, 2019

Rachel Rahn (Culver lab, WashU Radiology and Dougherty lab, WashU Genetics)

“Optogenetic astrocyte activation evokes BOLD fMRI response with oxygen consumption without neuronal activity modulation” Glia 2018

October 23, 2019

Jonathan Cooper (WashU Pediatrics)

“Exploring the glial contribution to the pathogenesis of the NCLs or Batten Disease”

November 6, 2019

Peter Wang (Milbrandt lab, WashU Genetics)

“New insights into peripheral nerve macrophage identity and function”

December 4, 2019

Darshan Sapkota (Dougherty lab, WashU Genetics)

“Alternative translation of mRNA generates neurobiologically important protein variants”

December 18, 2019

Tristan Li (WashU Dept. of Neuroscience)

“What do microglia do in development, aging and disease?”

Glia Group Schedule – Spring/Summer 2019

January 16, 2019

Patrick Sheehan
Musiek Lab, WashU Neurology

“Complement and Glia: A Literature Review”

January 30, 2019

Amber Hackett
Milbrandt Lab, WashU Genetics

Works-in-Progress: “Schwann Cell Metabolism and Dedifferentiation”

February 13, 2019

Marlene Kanmogne
Klein Lab, WashU Medicine

“Phosphatidylserine Exposure Controls Viral Innate Immune Responses by Microglia” Neuron (2017)

February 27, 2019

Ilia Katritch
Herzog Lab, WashU Biology

“Cell-autonomous clock of astrocytes drives circadian behavior in mammals” Science (2019)

March 13, 2019

Carolyn Mann
Gallardo Lab, WashU Neurology


“Neuroinflammation: An Ion Dependent Mechanism for Hypertension of the Brain”

March 27, 2019

Tom Mahan
Holtzman Lab, WashU Neurology

Works-in-Progress: “Microglial apoE and the development of amyloid-beta pathology”

CANCELLED April 10, 2019

Go to Brian Lannana’s Thesis Defense at 3pm, EPNEC Seminar Room B!

April 24, 2019

Michael Strickland
Holtzman Lab, WashU 

“Homozygous Mutations in CSF1R Cause a Pediatric-Onset Leukoencephalopathy and Can Result in Congenital Absence of Microglia”  The American Journal of Human Genetics (2019)

May 8, 2019

Allison Soung
Klein Lab, WashU Medicine

“Chemical Conversion of Human Fetal Astrocytes into Neurons through Modulation of Multiple Signaling Pathways” Stem Cell Reports 2019

May 22, 2019

Celia McKee
Musiek Lab, WashU Neurology

“CD22 blockade restores homeostatic microglial phagocytosis in ageing brains” Nature 2019

June 5, 2019

Keith Johnson
Kerschensteiner Lab, WashU Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences

“Glutamate-Releasing SWELL1 Channel in Astrocytes Modulates Synaptic Transmission and Promotes Brain Damage in Stroke” Neuron 2019

June 19, 2019

Lorenzo Lones
DiAntonio Lab, WashU Developmental Biology

“Dying Neurons Utilize Innate Immune Signaling to Prime Glia for Phagocytosis during Development” Developmental Cell 2019

July 17, 2019

Robert Chen
Gordon lab, WashU Pathology & Immunology

“A survey of glia and the microbiome”

July 31, 2019

Jose Mazzitelli Perez
Dougherty lab, WashU Genetics

“Glia Accumulate Evidence that Actions Are Futile and Suppress Unsuccessful Behavior” Cell 2019

August 14, 2019

Sarah Rosen
Klein lab, WashU Medicine

“Sexually Dimorphic Immune Responses to Neuroinvasive West Nile Virus”

August 28, 2019

Lauren Broestl
Rubin lab, WashU Pediatrics

“Astrocyte Senescence Contributes to Sex Differences in the Age-Related Increase in Glioblastoma Incidence”

Glia Group Schedule – Summer/Fall 2018

July 11, 2018

Phat Huynh
Holtzman Lab, WashU Neurology

“Block of A1 astrocyte conversion by microglia is neuroprotective in models of Parkinson’s disease” Yun, et al. Nature Medicine 2018


Nathan Pomper
Miller Lab, WashU Neurology

“During Development NG2 Glial Cells of the Spinal Cord are Restricted to the Oligodendrocyte Lineage, but Generate Astrocytes upon Acute Injury” Huang, et al., Neuroscience 2018


Robert Chen
Gordon Lab, Washu Pathology & Immunology

“The Microglial Innate Immune Receptor TREM2 Is Required for Synapse Elimination and Normal Brain Connectivity”  Filipello, et al., Immunity 2018


Helen Li
DiAntonio Lab, WashU Developmental Biology

Works-in-Progress: “A novel mechanism for K+ buffering by glia to modulate neuronal excitability”


Allison Soung
Klein Lab, WashU Medicine

“Accumulation of 8,9-unsaturated sterols drives oligodendrocyte formation and remyelination” Hubler, et al., Nature 2018


Keith Johnson
Kerschensteiner Lab, WashU Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences

“Reducing astrocyte calcium signalling in vivo alters striatal microcircuits and causes repetitive behavior” Yu et al., Neuron 2018


Luba Ezerskiy
Miller Lab, WashU Neurology

Works-in-Progress: “Understanding how tau isoforms affect astrocyte function”


Thomas Papouin
WashU Dept. of Neuroscience

Works-in-Progress: “Mechanisms of neuron-glia interactions in health and disease”

October 31, 2018

Sarah Rosen
Klein Lab, WashU Medicine

“Sex-Specific Features of Microglia from Adult Mice” Villa, et al., Cell Reports 2018

November 14, 2018

Carson Platnick
Mennerick Lab, WashU Psychiatry

Works-in-Progress: “Investigating ATP currents in microglia”

November 28, 2018

Sindhu Manivasagam
Klein Lab, WashU Medicine

“Initiation of CNS myelination in the optic nerve is dependent on axon caliber” Mayoral, et al., Cell Reports 2018

December 12, 2018

Oshri Avraham
Cavalli Lab, WashU Dept. of Neuroscience

Works-in-Progress: “The role of Satellite Glial cells in peripheral nerve regeneration”