Pathology Graduate Training Program
Cellular and Molecular Pathology (CMP) -
Alumni

Name: Salvatore J. Cherra
Email: sac83@pitt.edu
Lab Phone: 412-383-5380
Mentor Name: Charleen Chu, M.D., Ph.D.

Undergraduate Education:
Undergraduate Degree: BS in Biology
Undergraduate Institution: The University of Scranton

Research Project Information

The role of autophagy in genetic models of Parkinson's Disease.

Publications

Sweeney, T.E., Bagher, P., Bailey, J., Cherra, S.J. 3rd, Grisafi, F.N., Pauli, E.M., Riley, K. and Soares, S. 2007. Intravascular pressure and diameter profile of the utero-ovarian resistance artery network: estrous cycle dependent modulation of resistance artery tone. American Journal of Physiology Heart and Circulatory Physiology. 293(5):H2937-44.

Plowey, E.D., Cherra, S.J. 3rd, Liu, Y.-J. , and Chu, C.T. 2008. Role of autophagy in G2019S-LRRK2-associated neurite shortening in differentiated SH-SY5Y cells. Journal of Neurochemistry. In press. http://www.blackwell-synergy.com/doi/full/10.1111/j.1471-4159.2008.05217.x

Review article: Cherra, S.J. 3rd and Chu, C.T. 2008. Autophagy in neuroprotection and neurodegeneration: a question of balance. Future Neurology. In Press.

Abstracts:

T.E. Sweeney, P. Bagher, S. Cherra, K. Riley, S. Soares. 2005. Utero-ovarian resistance arteries contribute significantly to estrus cycle dependent control of ovarian blood flow. Poster presentation, Experimental Biology and XXXV International Congress of Physiological Sciences, San Diego, CA.

T.E. Sweeney, P. Bagher, S. Cherra, K. Riley, S. Soares. 2005. Utero-ovarian resistance arteries contribute significantly to estrus cycle dependent control of ovarian blood flow. Poster presentation, Annual Celebration of Student Scholars. University of Scranton.

S. Cherra, K. Bombach, N. Kaminski. 2005. Cigarette smoke effects FOXA2 transcriptional regulation in human lung cancer cells. Oral presentation for Pathology Summer Undergraduate Research Program, Pittsburgh, PA.

S.J. Cherra 3rd, E.D. Plowey, C.T. Chu. 2007. Inhibition of autophagy protects against neurite degeneration in LRRK2 and MPP+ cell culture models of Parkinson's disease. Poster presentation, 10th International Symposium on Parkinson Research. San Diego, CA.

E.D. Plowey, Y.-J. Liu, S.J. Cherra 3rd, C.T. Chu. 2007. Role for autophagy in LRRK2-associated neurite retraction. Poster presentation. Poster presentation, Society for Neuroscience Conference. San Diego, CA.

S.J. Cherra 3rd, E.D. Plowey, C.T. Chu. 2008. Inhibition of autophagy protects against neurite degeneration in LRRK2 and MPP+ cell culture models of Parkinson's disease. Poster presentation, Gordon Research Conference: Autophagy in Stress, Development, and Disease. Ventura, CA.

Presentations:

T.E. Sweeney, P. Bagher, S. Cherra, K. Riley, S. Soares. 2005. Utero-ovarian resistance arteries contribute significantly to estrus cycle dependent control of ovarian blood flow. Poster Presentation at the Experimental Biology and International Congress of Physiological Sciences Conference. San Diego, CA.

Honors:

Dean's Scholarship, University of Scranton 2002-2006
Alpha Lambda Delta Freshmen Honor Society, University of Scranton, Inducted in 2003
Beta Beta Beta Biology Honor Society, University of Scranton, Inducted in 2004
Alpha Epsilon Delta Pre-medical Honor Society, University of Scranton, Inducted in 2005
Health Professions Organization Research Officer, University of Scranton, 2005-2006
Alpha Sigma Nu Jesuit Honor Society, University of Scranton, Inducted in 2006
B.S. awarded summa cum laude, University of Scranton, 2006
Biomedical Graduate Student Association Treasurer, University of Pittsburgh, 2007-2008
Biomedical Graduate Student Association Travel Award, University of Pittsburgh, 2007
Graduate and Professional Student Assembly Travel Grant, University of Pittsburgh, 2007
CurePSP Research Symposium Travel Scholarship, 2007