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Cynthia Vied Ph.D.

Cynthia Vied Ph.D.

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Job Description

Dr. Vied is a research faculty in the Department of Biomedical Sciences and the Translational Science Laboratory conducting research in the area of developmental neuroscience using genomic and proteomic techniques.


Research assistant, Columbia University, Department of Biological Sciences.
Postdoctoral Research, Columbia University, Department of Biological Sciences.
Ph.D., Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics. University of Alabama at Birmingham.
B.S., Biological Sciences, Murray State University.


INCF Short Course on Neuroinformatics, Neurogenomics and Brain Disease Fellowship (2013).
Biochemistry Outstanding Graduate Student Award (2002).
John M. McKibbin Pre-doctoral Research Fellowship Award (2001).
2nd Place: Sigma Xi Graduate Student Research Day Award (2000).
1st Place: John R. Durant Award for Excellence in Cancer Research (1999).
2nd Place: John R. Durant Award for Excellence in Cancer Research (1998).


International Mammalian Genome Society
Genetics Society of America
Society for Neuroscience

Research Focus

Research at Murray State University: Analysis of TDF (testes determining factor) in fish, possibly responsible for sex determination. Characterization of a murine MHC hotspot of recombination. Mitochondrial DNA analysis of a cottonmouth population.
Graduate research: Investigation of the regulation of Sex-lethal, the sex determination master switch in Drosophila melanogaster.
Postdoctoral Researcher: Hedgehog signal transduction pathway regulation of stem cells.
2010-Current, Research Faculty, in the Department of Biomedical Sciences: Using genomic approaches to evaluate sex differences in the mouse brain.
2016-Current, Research Faculty, in the Translational Science Laboratory, College of Medicine: Next Generation Sequencing data analysis and Imaging Mass Spectrometry.


DiCarlo, L.M., Vied, C. and Nowakowski, R.S. (2017). The Stability of the Transcriptome during the Estrous Cycle in Four Regions of the Mouse Brain. Journal of Comparative Neurology, 525(15) 3360-3387. doi: 10.1002/cne.24282

Bundy, J.L., Vied, C. and Nowakowski, R.S. (2017). Sex differences in the molecular signature of the developing mouse hippocampus. BMC Genomics, 18(1), 1-17. doi:10.1186/s12864-017-3608-7.

Darkazalli, A.*, Vied, C.*, Badger, C. and Levenson, C. (2017). Human Mesenchymal Stem Cell Treatment Normalizes Cortical Gene Expression after Traumatic Brain Injury. Journal of Neurotrauma, 34(1) 204-212. doi:10.1089/neu.2015.4322.

Vied, C., Ray, S., Badger, C., Bundy, J., Arbeitman, M.N. and Nowakowski, R.S. (2016). Transcriptomic Analysis of the Hippocampus from Six Inbred Strains of Mice Suggests Basis for Sex-Specific Susceptibility and Severity of Neurological Disorders. Journal of Comparative Neurology, 524(13) 2696-2710. doi: 10.1002/cne.23989.

Ray, S., Tzeng, R.Y., DiCarlo, L.M., Bundy, J.L., Vied, C., Tyson, G., Nowakowski, R.S. and Arbeitman, M.N. (2015). An Examination of Dynamic Gene Expression Changes in the Mouse Brain During Pregnancy and the Postpartum Period. G3, 6(1) 221-233. doi:10.1002/cne.23989.

Brown, A.N.*, Vied, C.*, Dennis, J. H. and Bhide, B.G. (2015). Nucleosome Repositioning: A Novel Mechanism for Nicotine- and Cocaine-induced Epigenetic Changes. PLoS One, 10(9) e0139103. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0139103.

Vied, C.M., Freudenberg, F., Wang, Y., Raposo, A.A., Feng, D. and Nowakowski, R.S. (2014). A multi-resource data integration approach: identification of candidate genes regulating cell proliferation during neocortical development. Frontiers in Neuroscience, 21(8) 257. doi:10.3389/fnins.2014.00257.

Vied, C., Reilein, A., Field, N.S. and Kalderon, D. (2012). Regulation of stem cells by intersecting gradients of long-range niche signals. Developmental Cell, 23(4) 836-848. doi:10.1016/j.devcel.2012.09.010.

Vied, C., & Kalderon, D. (2009). Hedgehog-stimulated Stem Cells Depend on Non-Canonical Activity of the Notch Co-activator Mastermind. Development, 136(13), 2177-2186.

Horabin, J., Walthall, S., Vied, C., & Moses, M. (2003). A positive role for Patched in Hedgehog signaling revealed by the intracellular trafficking of Sex-lethal, the Drosophila sex determination master switch. Development, 130(24), 6101-6109.

Vied, C., Halachmi, N., Salzberg, A., & Horabin, J. I. (2003). Antizyme is a target of Sex-lethal in the Drosophila germline and appears to act downstream of Hedgehog to regulate Sex-lethal and Cyclin B. Developmental Biology, 253(2), 214-229.

Vied, C., & Horabin, J. I. (2001). The Sex Determination Master Switch, Sex-lethal, Responds to Hedgehog Signaling in the Drosophila Germline. Development, 128, 2649-2660.

*Contributed Equally to this Work.