Alumni

Michelle Failla, Ph.D.

Graduated: December, 2014
Mentor: Dr. Amy Wagner
Thesis: Monoaminergic and Neurotrophic Gene Variation Associated with Fronto-Limbic Circuitry affect Mood and Cognitive Recovery Post-TBI
Current Position: Research Fellow Vanderbilt University
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Prior Degree: BS Truman State University (2007)

Publications:

Diamond, M.L., Ritter, A.C., Failla, M.D., Boles, J.A., Conley, Y.P., Kochanek, P.M. and Wagner, A.K. IL-1ß Associations with Post-traumatic Epilepsy Development: A Genetics and Biomarker Cohort Study (submitted).

Failla, M.D., Kumar, R.G., Peitzman, A., Conley, Y.P., Ferrell, R.E. and Wagner, A.K. Variation in the BDNF gene interacts with age to predict mortality following traumatic brain injury (Submitted).

Failla, M.D., Myrga, J.M., Deslouches, S., Ferrell, R.E., Conley, Y.P. and Wagner, A.K. Post-TBI cognitive performance is moderated by variation within the DRD2 associated ANKK1 Taq1A polymorphism (Submitted).

Juengst, S.B., Kumar, R.G., Failla, M.D., Goyal, A. and Wagner, A.K. Acute inflammatory biomarker profiles predict depression risk following moderate to severe TBI. J Head Trauma Rehabil (Accepted).

Wagner, A.K., Brayer, S.W., Hurwitz, M., Niyonkuru, C., Zou, H., Failla, M.D., Arenth, P., Manole, M.D., Skidmore, E. and Thiels, E. Non-spatial pre-training in the water maze as a clinically relevant model for evaluating learning and memory in experimental TBI. Neurobiol Learn Mem. Nov; 106:71-86. doi: 10.1016/j.nlm.2013.07.006. Epub 2013 Jul 18. PMID: 23871745.

Goyal, A., Failla, M.D., Niyonkuru, C., Fabio, A., Amin, K., Berger, R.P. and Wagner, A.K. S100b as a Prognostic Biomarker in Outcome Prediction for Patients with Severe TBI. J Neurotrauma. 30, 946–957, 2013.

Failla, M.D., Miller, M.A., Burkhardt, J.N., Scanlon, J.M., Ferrell, R.E., Conley, Y.P. and Wagner, A.K. Variants of SLC6A4 in depression risk following severe TBI. Brain Inj. BI 27, 696–706, 2013.

Jedema, H.P., Carter, M.D., Dugan, B.P., Gurnsey, P., Olsen, A.S., and Bradberry, C.W. The acute impact of ethanol on cognitive performance in rhesus macaques. Cerebral Cortex, 2010 Dec 9.