December 2008 - Apkarian Pain and Emotions Lab - Northwestern

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					                                     Curriculum Vitae


                               AMELIA A. MUTSO
                                 Northwestern University
                                 Department of Physiology
                                 303 East Chicago Avenue
                                    Chicago, IL 60610

                                amutso@u.northwestern.edu
                                    312-503-1703 (W)


Education

Northwestern University, Chicago, IL
Ph.D. Candidate in Neuroscience (expected 2012)
2008-Present
            Thesis Advisor: Dr. A. Vania Apkarian
            Thesis Topic: Hippocampus and Chronic Pain

Haverford College, Haverford, PA
B. A. Honors in Psychology
2004-2008
             Major: Psychology
             Concentration: Neural and Behavioral Science; Minor: German
             Thesis Advisor: Dr. Wendy F. Sternberg
             Thesis Title: Affiliative Behavior and Empathetic Response: Sex Differences and
             Neuroendocrine Factors

Research Experience

Northwestern University, Chicago, IL
Ph.D. Candidate, Graduate Researcher, 2008-Present
      Thesis supervisor: A. Vania Apkarian, Department of Physiology
      Ongoing collaborating laboratories: Jelena Radulovic (Psychiatry), Marco Martina
      (Physiology), Richard J. Miller (Molecular Pharmacology and Biological Chemistry),
      John A. Kessler (Neurology)
Summer Undergraduate Research Assistant, 2007
      Supervisor: Joan Chiao, Department of Psychology

Haverford College, Haverford, PA
Senior Thesis Research, 2007-2008
      Supervisor: Wendy F. Sternberg, Department of Psychology
Research Assistant, 2007-2008
      Supervisor: Rebecca Compton, Department of Psychology
Research Assistant, 2006
      Supervisor: Benjamin Le, Department of Psychology
Areas of Interest and Specialization
Role of the hippocampus and limbic structures in chronic pain; animal models of chronic pain;
cortical involvement in pain processing; hippocampal neurogenesis; interactions between
anxiety, stress, and pain; cognitive differences in chronic pain patients; neuroimaging of
chronic pain conditions.

Peer-Reviewed Publications

Mutso, A. A., Radzicki, D., Baliki, M. N., Huang, L., Banisadr, G., Centeno, M. V., Radulovic,
     J., Martina, M., Miller, R. J., & Apkarian, A. V. (2012). Abnormalities in hippocampal
     functioning with persistent pain. Journal of Neuroscience, 32, 5747-5756. [Featured in
     This Week in The Journal].

Centeno, M. V., Mutso, A., Millecamps, M., & Apkarian, A. V. (2009). Prefrontal cortex and
      spinal cord mediated anti-neuropathy and analgesia induced by sarcosine, a glycine-T1
      transporter inhibitor. Pain, 145, 176-183.

Langford, D. J., Tuttle, A. H., Brown, K., Deschenes, S., Fischer, D. B., Mutso, A., Root, K. C.,
      Sotocinal, S. G., Stern, M. A., Mogil, J. S., & Sternberg, W. F. (2010). Social approach to
      pain in mice. Social Neuroscience, 5, 163-170.

Compton, R. J., Dainer-Best, J., Fineman, S. L., Freedman, G., Mutso, A., & Rohwer, J.
     (2010). Anxiety and expectation violations: Neural response to false-feedback is
     exaggerated in worriers. Cognition and Emotion, 24, 465-479.

Le, B., Smoak, N. D., Agnew, C. R., Korn, M. S., & Mutso, A. A. (2010). Predicting non-
       marital romantic relationship dissolution: A meta-analytic synthesis. Personal
       Relationships, 17, 377-390.

In preparation:

Mutso, A. A., Kan, L., Kessler, J. A., & Apkarian A. V. Persistent pain behavior modulated by
     hippocampal neurogenesis.

Mutso, A. A., Petre, B., Huang, L., & Apkarian A. V. Hippocampal connectivity changes in
     sub-acute and chronic back pain patients.

Podium Presentation

Mutso, A. A. (2010, April). Neuropathic pain modulates hippocampal properties and
     hippocampus-mediated behavior. Talk given at the biennial Spring Pain Research
     Conference, Grand Cayman, British West Indies.

Poster Presentations

Mutso, A. A., Petre, B., Huang, L., & Apkarian A. V. (2012, October). Hippocampal
     connectivity in subacute and chronic back pain patients. Poster to be presented at the
     annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience, New Orleans, LA.
Mutso, A. A., Kan, L., Kessler, J. A., & Apkarian, A. V. (2012, March). Persistent pain
     behavior modulated by hippocampal neurogenesis. Poster presented at the annual
     meeting of the Society for Neuroscience - Chicago Chapter, Chicago, IL.

Mutso, A. A., Kan, L., Kessler, J. A., & Apkarian, A. V. (2011, November). Persistent pain
     behavior modulated by hippocampal neurogenesis. Poster presented at the annual
     meeting of the Society for Neuroscience, Washington, DC. *Hot Topic Poster*

Mutso, A. A., Banisadr, G., Miller, R. J., & Apkarian, A. V. (2010, November). Adult
     hippocampal neurogenesis is reduced by chronic neuropathic pain. Poster presented at
     the annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience, San Diego, California.

Radzicki, D., Mutso, A. A., Centeno, M. V., Yau, H-J., Radulovic, J., Apkarian, A. V., &
      Martina, M. (2010, November). Hippocampal involvement in neuropathic pain. Poster
      presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience, San Diego, California.

Mutso, A. A., Radulovic, J., & Apkarian, A. V. (2009, October). Neuropathic pain
     modulates hippocampally-mediated emotional behavior. Poster presented at the
     annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience, Chicago, Illinois.

Korn, M. S., Mutso, A. A., Le, B., Smoak, N. D., & Agnew, C. R. (2007, March). Predicting
      persistence in dating relationships: A meta-analytic examination. Paper presented at
      the annual meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association, Philadelphia,
      Pennsylvania.

Honors, Awards, Grants (Recent)

      Media Hot Topic Poster Selection, Society for Neuroscience, 2011
      Early Years Training Grant, National Institute of Health T32, Administered by
      Northwestern Neuroscience Institute, 2009-2010, (Funding for 2nd year of predoctoral
      training)
      Clementine Cope Fellowship for Graduate Study, Haverford College, 2008, (Fellowship
      to continue studies at a graduate institution)
      Honors in Psychology, Haverford College, 2008
      Finalist for Ambler Award, Haverford College, 2008
      College Squash Association Scholar Athlete, CSA, 2008

Teaching Experience

Northwestern University, Chicago, IL
Teaching Assistant, 2009-2010, Departments of Neuroscience (Graduate School) and Biology
      Neuroanatomy (Graduate level), Animal Physiology
Science Club Mentor, 2012-Present, Collaboration with Northwestern University and The Boys
      & Girls Club
      Run weekly labs with middle-school students to increase their science education and
      interest.
Brain Awareness Week Volunteer and Group Leader, 2011 and 2012, Collaboration with
      Northwestern University and Nettelhorst Elementary School
      Developed and lead a neuroanatomy station at an elementary school brain fair and
      science day.

Haverford College, Haverford, PA
Teaching Assistant and Tutor, 2008, Department of Psychology
       Experimental Methods and Statistics
Teaching Assistant and Tutor, 2005-2007, Department of German Studies
       Beginning and Intermediate German
Tutor, 2006, Department of Mathematics
       Probability and Statistics

Research Skills

Lab Techniques
     Animal surgery and handling, expert in neuropathic pain induction (SNI model)
     Animal behavioral testing and analysis (including numerous behavioral pain assessment
     techniques, fear conditioning, anxiety and stress testing, mazes)
     Non-surgical pain induction procedures
     Perfusion, fixation, and tissue processing
     Immunohistochemical processing and analysis
     Western blotting, familiar with gel electrophoresis
     Human behavioral data collection, consenting, analysis
     Familiar with electrophysiological recording, some experience with patch-clamping
     Familiar with EEG and fMRI data collection and analysis

Computer and Software
    Proficient in Statistica, SigmaPlot, SPSS, Photoshop, Image J, Microsoft Office
    Familiar with FSL, Matlab, Spot, E-Prime

Languages
English (native), German (excellent), French (fair)

				
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