Biosketch

Dr. Sappington earned her M.S. and Ph.D. in Neuroscience from the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, where she studied mechanisms of ganglion cell death in glaucoma. Rebecca continued her work on neuronal-glial interactions in glaucoma as a postdoctoral fellow at the Vanderbilt Eye Institute, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine (2004-2009). In 2009, Rebecca joined the faculty at the Vanderbilt Eye Institute, where her laboratory focuses on neuroinflammation in retinal neurodegeneration. Rebecca’s training was supported by institutional training grants from the National Institute for Neurological Disease and Stroke and the National Eye Institute as well as a predoctoral fellowship from the American Foundation for Aging Research and a postdoctoral fellowship from Fight for Sight, Inc.

Current Funding Sources

National Eye Institute R01EY027729: Mapping Brain Activity with High Spatiotemporal Resolution using Graphene Probes

National Eye Institute RO1EY020496-07: Interleukin-6 and Retinal Ganglion Cell Degeneration in Glaucoma

National Eye Institute  R21EY026176-02: Graphene Optoelectronic Probes for Mapping Electrical Activities in Retina


Pending Funding Sources

National Eye Institute R01EY030203: Constitutive and Pathogenic Mechanisms of Beta-Chemokine Signaling in Retina

National Institutes of Health R01AG061164: Chronic Inflammation and Neuronal Dysfunction: Linking Dietary Fats to CNS Decline


Education and Training


Ph.D. University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry

M.S. University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry

B.S. Washington College


Postgraduate Training

Postdoctoral Fellowship, Vanderbilt Eye Institute, Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Professional Affiliations

Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology Society for Neuroscience


Research Interests

Neuroinflammation in glaucoma

Neuronal-glial interactions

Glial-vasculature interactions

Glial cell reactivity in aging and disease

  

Associate Professor Rebecca M. Sappington, Ph.D.

CONTACT


The Sappington Laboratory

Laboratory for Neuroinflammation

© The Sappington Laboratory † Dr. Rebecca M. Sappington, Ph.D. † Dept. Of ophthalmology & visual Sciences † Vanderbilt University School of Medicine †

Rebecca M. Sappington, Ph.D.


Associate Professor

The Vanderbilt Eye Institute

Department of Pharmacology

Vanderbilt University Medical Center

11435 MRB IV

2215B Garland Avenue

Nashville, Tennessee 37232

Tel: (615) 322-0790; Fax: (615) 936-6410

rebecca.m.sappington@vumc.org

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