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, Development, Genetics, Molecular Biology, Neuroimmunology, Neuroscience, Stem Cells & Regeneration, 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