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Biomedical Sciences

Quillen College of Medicine

Dr. Jia Cuihong

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Dr. Jia Cuihong
Research Assistant Professor
Department of Biomedical Sciences





Contact Information:

Dr. Cuihong Jia
Research Assistant Professor
James H. Quillen College of Medicine
Department of Biomedical Sciences
East Tennessee State University
Johnson City, TN 37614
Stanton Gerber Bldg 178, B210 (office), B216 (Lab)
Office Phone: 423-439-8386


2008-2014       Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology, Michigan State University, 
                        East Lansing, MI                    

2007                 Ph. D., Neuroscience, Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine, Maywood, IL

2004                 M.S., Biology, Department of Biology, Loyola University Chicago, Chicago, IL

1991                 B.S., Biology, Northeast Normal University, China

Professional position:

2014-Present   Research Assistant Professor, Department of Biomedical Sciences, Quillen College of 
Medicine, East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, TN                

Research Interest:

Neuroprotection and neuroregeneration following injury

Cellular and molecular mechanism of aging using olfactory stem cell as a model


1.  Hutch CR, Hillard CJ, Jia C, Hegg CC, 2015,  An endocannabinoid system is present in the mouse olfactory epithelium but does not modulate olfaction. Neuroscience. Aug 6; 300:539-53.

2.  Jia C, Hegg CC, 2015. Effects of IP3R3 and NPY on age-related decline in olfactory stem cell proliferation. Neurobiol Aging, 36(2):1045-56.

3.   Jia C, Hayoz S, Hutch C, Iqbal T, Pooley A, Hegg CC. 2013. An IP3R3- and NPY-expressing microvillous cell mediates tissue homeostasis and regeneration in mouse olfactory epithelium. PLoS ONE, 8(3):e58668.

4.   Hayoz S, Jia C, Hegg CC. 2012. Mechanisms of constitutive and ATP-evoked ATP release in neonatal mouse olfactory epithelium. BMCNeurosci, 13(1):53.

5.   Jia C, Hegg CC, 2012. Neuropeptide Y and extracellular signal-regulated kinase mediate injury-induced neuroregeneration in mouse olfactory epithelium. Mol Cell Neurosci. 9(2):158-70.

6.   Jia C, Sangsiri S, Belock B, Iqbal T, Pestka JJ, Hegg CC. 2011. ATP mediates neuroprotective and neuroproliferative effects in mouse olfactory epithelium following exposure to satratoxin G in vitro and in vivo. Toxicol Sci. 124(1):169-78.

7.   Jia C, Cussen AR, Hegg CC. 2011. ATP differentially upregulates fibroblast growth factor 2 and transforming growth factor alpha in neonatal and adult mice: effect on neuroproliferation. Neuroscience, 177(3):335-46.

8.   Hegg CC, Jia C, Chick WS, Restrepo D, Hansen A. 2010. Microvillus cells expressing IP3R3 in the olfactory epithelium of mice. Eur J Neurosci. 32:1632-45.

9.   Jia C, Roman C*, Hegg CC. 2010. Nickel sulfate induces location-dependent atrophy of mouse olfactory epithelium: protective and proliferative role of purinergic receptor activation. Toxicol Sci. 115(2): 547-56.

10. Jia C, Hegg CC. 2010. NPY mediates ATP-induced neuroproliferation in adult mouse olfactory epithelium. Neurobiol Dis. 38(3):405-13.

11. Jia C, Doherty JP, Crudgington S*, Hegg CC. 2009. Activation of purinergic receptors induces proliferation in adult and neonatal Swiss Webster mouse olfactory epithelium. Neuroscience, 163(1):120-28.

12. Kanekar S, Jia C, Hegg CC. 2009. Purinergic receptor activation evokes neurotrophic factor NPY release from neonatal mouse olfactory epithelial slices. J Neurosci Res. 87 (6):1424-34.

13. Singh R, Jia C, Garcia F, Carrasco G, Battaglia G, Muma NA. 2009. Activation of the JAK-STAT pathway by olanzapine is necessary for desensitization of serotonin2A receptor-stimulated phospholipase C signaling in rat frontal cortex but not serotonin2A receptor-stimulated hormone release. J Psychopharmacol. 24(7):1079-88.

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