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Biomedical Sciences

Quillen College of Medicine

Jia Cuihong
Jia Cuihong

Jia  Cuihong 

Assistant Professor





Additional Contact Information:

Department of Biomedical Sciences
Quillen College of Medicine
East Tennessee State University

PO Box 70582
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

Professional position:

2017- Present      Assistant Professor, Department of Biomedical Sciences, Quillen College of 
                             Medicine, East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, TN

2014-2017           Research Assistant Professor, Department of Biomedical Sciences, Quillen College of
                            Medicine, East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, TN   


Neuroprotection and neuroregeneration following injury

Neuropsychiatric diseases


1.  Jia C, Keasey MP, Malone HM, Lovins C, Sante RR, Razskazovskiy V, Hagg T., 2018. Vitronectin from brain pericytes promotes adult forebrain neurogenesis by stimulating CNTF. Exp Neurol, 312:20-32.

2.  Jia C, Brown RW, Malone HM, Burgess KC, Gill WD, Keasey MP, Hagg T., 2018.  Ciliary neurotrophic factor is a key sex-specific regulator of depressive-like behavior in mice. Psychoneuroendocrinology. 100:96-105

3.  Jia C, Keasey MP, Lovins C, Hagg T., 2018. Inhibition of astrocyte FAK-JNK signaling promotes subventricular zone neurogenesis through CNTF. GLIA (In print)

4.  Keasey MP, Jia C, Pimentel L, Sante R, Lovins C, Hagg T, 2018.  Blood vitronectin is a major activator of LIF and pro-inflammatory IL-6 in the brain through integrin-FAK signaling. J Cell Sci.131: (3)

5.  Banerjee K, Keasey MP, Razskazocskiy V, Visavadiya N, Jia C, Hagg T, 2017.  Reduced FAK-STAT3 signaling contributes to ER stress-induced mitochondrial dysfunction and death in endothelial cells. Cell Signal, 36:154-162

6.  Visavadiya NP, Keasey MP, Razskazovskiy V, Banerjee K, Jia C, Lovins C, Wright GL, Hagg T, 2016. Integrin-FAK signaling rapid and potently promotes mitochondrial function through STAT3. Cell Communication and Signal 14(1):32

7.  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.

8.  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.

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