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Research Interests

  • Ependymal Disease
  • Rostral Migrating Stream
  • Neurogenesis
  • Repeated Mild Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy

About Us


Our research focuses on developmental neurobiology and stem cell biology with an emphasis on understanding neural stem cell distribution, maintenance and function in the brain and applications of stem cell biology in treating Parkinson's disease and other neurodegenerative diseases. Other interests include changes that occur to the brain as a consequence of aging, disease or following injury. Currently, one program in the Conover laboratory involves whole brain, cellular and subcellular imaging techniques to assess the damage following repeated traumatic brain injury, the type of injury that develops following several concussive head injuries.

Recent Publications


Todd KL, Baker KL, Eastman MB, Kolling FW, Trausch AG, Nelson CE, Conover JCEphA4 Regulates Neuroblast and Astrocyte Organization in a Neurogenic Niche. J Neurosci. 2017 Mar 22;37(12):3331-3341. doi: 10.1523/JNEUROSCI.3738-16.2017

Acabchuk R, Briggs DI, Angoa-Pérez M, Powers M, Wolferz R Jr, Soloway M, Stern M, Talbot LR, Kuhn DM, Conover JC. Repeated mild traumatic brain injury causes focal response in lateral septum and hippocampus.  Concussion. 2016 Dec;1(3). doi: 10.2217/cnc-2015-0001.

Joanne C. Conover and Krysti L. Todd 2016 Development and Aging of a Brain Neural Stem Cell Niche Experimental Gerontology Available online 17 November 2016, ISSN 0531-5565

Rebecca L. Acabchuk, Ye Sun, Richard Wolferz Jr., Matthew B. Eadtman, Jessica B. Lennington, Brett A. Shook, Qian Wu, and Joanne C. Conover 2015 3D Modeling of the Lateral Ventricles and Histological Characterization of Periventricular Tissue in Humans and Mouse Journal of Visualized Experiments : JoVE, (99); 52328; doi:10.3791/52328.

Course Offerings Taught by Dr. Conover


Undergraduate: PNB 3260- Stem Cell Biology, Spring

Graduate: PNB 6417- Developmental Neurobiology, Fall

Contact Us

Phone: 860-486-8338
Address: Department of Physiology and Neurobiology
Conover Lab
75 N Eagleville Road, PBB Unit 3156
Storrs, CT 06269