Department of Pathology

Catherine Czeisler, PhD

Assistant Professor

Catherine Czeisler, PhD




Email Dr. Czeisler

Office Location:

4169 Graves Hall

Mailing Address:

4169 Graves Hall
333 W. 10th Ave
Columbus, OH 43210


My laboratory researches the mechanisms by which astrocytes regulate brain function during physiological and pathological conditions. Astrocytes outnumber neurons in the brain. Nevertheless, our classic understanding of neural circuits focuses on the neuronal component to these networks. New insights into the mechanistic underpinnings regulating synaptogenesis, synaptic pruning, inflammation, learning and axonal degeneration have shown a significant astrocytic contribution thus challenging this neuronal-centric view to circuit function. My specific areas of research are understanding the role of reactive astrocytes in neuroinflammation and the developmental role of astrocytes in forming autonomic neural circuits. In addition, my laboratory has ongoing collaborations with the College of Engineering to develop next-generation polymer-based sensors to study subthreshold neural activity.


Title: Mechanisms of Congenital Hypoventilation

Goal: To elucidate developmental processes of PHOX2B-derived neuron-glial respiratory network maturation.

Role: PI

Sponsor: NIH/NHLBI

Dates: 05/01/2016 - 03/31/2021

Academic and Medical Appointments

2016-present Assistant Professor-Research Track, The Ohio State University College of Medicine, Division of Neuropathology, Department of Pathology

Education and Training

2006 PhD, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago, IL

1997 BS, University of Miami, College of Arts and Sciences, Miami, FL

Selected Publications

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