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Nada Zecevic, M.D., Ph.D.

Professor, Neuroscience
Academic Office Location:
UConn Health
263 Farmington Avenue
Farmington, CT 06030-3401
Phone: 860-679-1768
Fax: 860-679-8766

Neuroscience Graduate Program

M.D.University of Belgrade, Medical SchoolMedicine
M.Sc.University of BelgradeNeuroscience
Ph.D.University of Belgrade, Medical SchoolDevelopmental Neurobiology

Post-Graduate Training
FellowshipUniversity of ZurichFellowship for Visiting Scientist, Pharmacology Dept.
FellowshipHarvard Medical SchoolDept. Neuroanatomy and Neuropathology
FellowshipThe Johns Hopkins UniversityDept. Anatomy
ResidencyMedical School University of BelgradeDept.Neurology, Clinic of Neurology
FellowshipINSERM U106Fellowship for Visiting Scientist
FellowshipWUS, Republic of AustriaFellowship the Brain Gain Program (BGP) to teach an undergraduate college course in Belgrade, Serbia with a series of lectures on Brain and Microglia development.

Name of Award/HonorAwarding Organization
Stem Cell Initiative grant award.
grant awards NIH and Society for MS
Deans honor, 1967, 1969, 1970Medical School of Belgrade
Name & DescriptionCategoryRoleTypeScopeStart YearEnd Year
International Brain Research Organization (IBRO)Professional/Scientific OrganizationMemberExternalInternational
European Neuroscience Association (ENA)Professional/Scientific OrganizationMemberExternalInternational
Society for Neuroscience (SNF, US)Professional/Scientific OrganizationMemberExternalNational
American Neurochemistry Soc. (ANS) Professional/Scientific OrganizationMemberExternalNational
NIHAdvisory CommitteeAd hoc Reviewer ExternalNational
MS Society of USAdvisory CommitteeAd hoc Reviewer ExternalNational
MS Society of AustraliaAdvisory CommitteeAd hoc ReviewerExternalInternational
J. NeuroscienceProfessional/Scientific JournalAd hoc Reviewer ExternalNational
Cer CortexProfessional/Scientific JournalAd hoc ReviewerExternalNational
GliaProfessional/Scientific JournalAd hoc ReviewerExternalNational
PloSProfessional/Scientific JournalAd hoc Reviewer ExternalNational
J Neurosci ResProfessional/Scientific JournalAd hoc ReviewerExternalNational
Development of the human CNS applying molecular biological techniques and immunocytochemistry on light and electron microscopic level. My laboratory is focused on these questions: How does the complex structure of cerebral cortex develop from simple neuroepithelial cells? What determines the fate of cortical progenitor cells? What is the role of transcription factors such as Pax6 and Olig1,2 in these processes? Can human embryonic stem cells be used to answer these developmental questions?

Not accepting lab rotation students at this time

Lab Rotation Projects

Students who wish to formulate their own novel questions about brain development are welcome. In addition the following projects are available:

#1 – The role of radial glia (RG) as progenitor cells in development of the cerebral cortex in human. Although the role of RG in animal models has been studied, their role in human brain development is not well understood and might be more complex than believed before. This project will involve working with fetal human brain tissue, making transcripts that can label RG and follow RG differentiation after 5 days in culture. Student would have to learn molecular biology, and tissue culture techniques (cell and slice preparation), immunohistochemistry and the use of fluorescent and confocal microscope.

#2 – Studying the effect of alcohol on human slice culture. Methods that will be learned: human fetal brain anatomy, dissociated and organotypic slice cultures, BrdU assay, quantification of cell number, immunocytochemistry.

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Conference Papers