Pathology Graduate Training Program
Cellular and Molecular Pathology (CMP) -
Current Graduate Students

Name: Austin Nuschke
Email: aun2@pitt.edu
Lab Phone: 412-624-9366
Mentor Name: Alan Wells, MD, DMS

Undergraduate Education:
Undergraduate Degree: B.S., Biology, magna cum laude
Undergraduate Institution: Penn State University

Research Project Information

Approaches to improving transplanted mesenchymal stem cell survival in wound beds.

Publications:

    Nuschke A, 2013. Review: Activity of mesenchymal stem cells in therapies for chronic skin wound healing. Organogenesis 10 (1), 10 Dec 2013.

    Rodrigues M, Yates CC, Nuschke A, Griffith L, Wells A. The Matrikine Tenascin-C Protects Multipotential Stromal Cells/Mesenchymal Stem Cells from Death Cytokines Such as FasL. Tissue Eng Part A. 2013 May 1.

Abstracts:

    Nuschke, Austin; Rodrigues, Melanie; Stolz, Donna; Wells, Alan. Human mesenchymal stem cells/multipotent stromal cells (MSC) remain in a state of "pre-autophagy" prior to differentiation. Abstract for poster presentation. University of Pittsburgh Science 2012 Conference. October, 2012.

Presentations

Nuschke A, Rodrigues M, Stolz D, Chu CT, Wells, A. Arrested autophagy in human mesenchymal stem cells/multipotent stromal cells is mobilized during early differentiation and can be modulated to improve differentiation efficiency. Poster presentation at International Society of Stem Cell Research annual meeting, Vancouver, BC, CA, 19 June 2014.

Nuschke A. Surface-tethered EGFR signaling: Controlling EGFR activation to promote mesenchymal stem cell survival in cell therapies. Invited presentation at McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine wound healing seminar series. 14 Dec 2013.

Nuschke A, Rodrigues M, Stolz D, Chu C, and Wells A. Human mesenchymal stem cells/multipotent stromal cells remain in a state of arrested autophagy prior to differentiation. Poster presentation at International Society of Stem Cell Research annual meeting, Boston, MA, 14 June 2013.

Awards:

  • Pitt OTM First Gear Enterprise Development Award, 2014
  • McGowan Institute Elevator Pitch Competition Award, 2014
  • Michael G. Wells Student Healthcare Entrepreneurship award, 2013
  • Runner-up, Randall Family Big Idea competition, Life Sciences category, 2012 & 2014
  • Pitt Center for Medical Innovation, Pilot Funding, 2013-2014
  • ARCS Scholar Award, Pittsburgh Chapter 2011-2013
  • NIH T32 CATER Training Grant, 2012 Awardee
  • Phi Beta Kappa, 2010
  • Alpha Epsilon Delta National Medical Honor Society, 2009