Sarah Kucenas

Kucenas, Sarah C

Primary Appointment

Professor, Biology


  • BS, Biology, Valparaiso University
  • PhD, Pharmacological & Physiological Sciences, Saint Louis University
  • Postdoc, Developmental Neurobiology, Vanderbilt University

Contact Information

Dept. of Biology
PO Box 400328
Charlottesville, VA 22904-4328
Telephone: 434-982-5436

Research Disciplines

Bioinformatics and Genomics, Biology, Cell and Developmental Biology, Genetics, Molecular Biology, Neuroimmunology, Neuroscience, Translational Science

Research Interests

The role of glia in the development, maintenance and regeneration of the nervous system

Research Description

The long-term goal of our research program is to elucidate the roles of peripheral and central glia and glial-glial interactions during nervous system development, maintenance and disease/injury. Using Danio rerio (zebrafish) as a model system (and to a lesser extent, mouse), we combine genetic and pharmacological perturbation, single cell manipulation, laser ablation/axotomy and in vivo, time-lapse imaging to directly and continuously observe glial cell origins, behaviors and interactions in an intact vertebrate.

Selected Publications