Sharon L Juliano

B.A., OTR, PhD

Department of Primary Appointment:
School of Medicine
Anatomy, Physiology and Genetics
Professor, Director of Neuroscience
Location: Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Bethesda, MD
Research Interests:
Traumatic Brain Injury
Toxic effects on neural development
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Bachelor of Arts - Temple University
Occupational Therapy Advanced Degree - U of Pennsylvania
Doctor of Philosophy - U of Pennsylvania

Career Highlights: Positions, Projects, Deployements, Awards and Additional Publications

Flexnor Award for Outstanding Research, Institute for Neurological Sciences Philadelphia, PA, 1981.

Recipient of Cajal Club, Cortical Explorer Award for Excellence in Research, 1992.

Simpson Award, given by iiFAR (Incurably ill for Animal Research), 1992.

Distinguished Service Medal, awarded by the Department of Defense for service to USUHS, 1998.

Simpson Award, given by iiFAR (Incurably ill for Animal Research), 1992.

Henry Wu Award for Excellence in Research, USUHS, Bethesda MD, 2011.

Outstanding Service Medal, awarded by the Department of Defense for service to USUHS & CNRM, Bethesda MD 2012.

Award for Education in Neuroscience, awarded by the Society for Neuroscience, 2012.

Chair, USCRC (IBRO North American Regional Committee), 2013- present.

Organizer Teaching Tools Workshops in Africa, 2008-2017

Representative Bibliography

Schwerin SC, Hutchinson EB, Radomski KL, Ngalula KP, Pierpaoli CM, Juliano SL. Establishing the ferret as a gyrencephalic animal model of traumatic brain injury: Optimization of controlled cortical impact procedures. J Neurosci Methods. 2017 May 9. pii: S0165-0270(17)30129-2. doi: 10.1016/j.jneumeth.2017.05.010. [Epub ahead of print].

Elizabeth B. Hutchinson, Alexandru V. Avram, M. Okan Irfanoglu, C. Guan Koay, Alan S. Barnett, Miki E. Komlosh, Evren Ozarslan, Susan C. Schwerin, Sharon L. Juliano and Carlo M. Pierpaoli. Cross-model analysis of noise, experimental design and model parameters for diffusion MRI in the fixed mouse brain. Magnetic Resonance in Medicine, in press.

Trentini, J.F., O’Neill, J.T., Juliano, S.L., Prenatal CO exposure results in abnormal migration of interneurons into the cerebral cortex, Neurotoxicology. Mar;53:31-44. doi: 10.1016/j.neuro.2015.11.002. Epub 2015 Nov ‘’’’;12. 2016.

Poluch, S. and Juliano, S.L. Fine tuning of neurogenesis is essential for the evolutionary expansion of the cerebral cortex, Cerebral Cortex, 25: 346-64, 2015.

Abbah, J., Braga M. F., and Juliano, S. L. Targeted disruption of layer 4 during development increases GABAA receptor neurotransmission in the neocortex, J Neurophysiol, Jan;111(2):323-35, 2014.

Abbah, J. and Juliano, S.L. Altered kinetic behavior underlies redistribution of interneurons in a model of cortical dysplasia: the influence of elevated GABAA activity, Cerebral Cortex, 24: 2297-308, 2014.

Poluch, S. and Juliano, S.L., Distinct populations of radial glial cells respond differently to reelin and neuregulin1 in a ferret model of cortical dysplasia, PLoSOne. Oct 28;5(10):e13709, 2010.

Corbin, J., Gaiano, N., Juliano, S.L., Poluch, S., Stancik, E., Haydar, T. Regulation of neural progenitor cell development in the nervous system. J. Neurochem. 106:2272-87, 2008.

Poluch, S., Jablonska, B., and Juliano, S.L. Alteration of tangential migration and GABA phenotype in a ferret model of cortical dysplasia. Cerebral Cortex, Epub 2007 Apr 18; 18:78-92, 2008.

Poluch, S. and Juliano, S.L. A normal radial glial scaffold is necessary for tangential migration during neocortical development. Glia, 55: 822-830, 2007.