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

Name: Erin Steer
Lab Phone: 412-383-5380
Mentor Name: Charleen T. Chu, MD, PhD

Undergraduate Education:
Undergraduate Degree: B.A., Biology
Undergraduate Institution: Concordia College

Research Project Information

Mechanisms of neurodegeneration and neuroprotection in genetic models of Parkinon's disease.

Publications / Achievements


E.K. Steer, S.J. Cherra 3rd, E.D. Plowey, J.W. Johnson, K. Kiselyov, C.T. Chu. Calcium dysregulation and mitochondrial autophagy in mutant LRRK2-induced neurite shortening (Oral Presentation) Society for Neuroscience (October, 2012) New Orleans, LA.

E.K. Steer, S.J. Cherra 3rd, C.T. Chu. Impact of adenosine signaling on mutant LRRK2 induced neurite injury (Poster) Experimental Biology (April, 2012) San Diego, CA.



  • BGSA Symposium Poster Award, University of Pittsburgh, 2011

  • Cellular Approaches to Tissue Engineering and Regeneration Training Program (T32 EB001026-08) Fellow, University of Pittsburgh McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine, 2011