Andrea Stevens, Ph.D.

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Assistant Teaching Professor of Microbiology and Science Lab Coordinator, Biology
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Ostermayer Lab Building, 208
Penn State Greater Allegheny, 4000 University Drive, McKeesport, PA 15132

    Fall 2021

    On-Campus Office Hours:
    Wednesdays 10:00AM - 12:00PM

    Virtual Office Hours via Zoom
    Fridays 10:00AM - 11:00AM
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    Dr. Stevens earned her doctorate in Neurobiology from Duquesne University under the supervision of Dr. John Pollock. Her work focused on the neuroimmune response and underlying molecular mechanisms of neuroinflammation at the gene and protein level of chronic neuropathy pain. Prior to completing her Ph.D., Dr. Stevens earned her Master's of Science degree from Chatham University under the supervision of Dr. David Fraser and the University of Pittsburgh, Dr. Julie Fiez' lab, examining neuroimaging in Parkinson's disease in a clinical population. Dr. Stevens is currently studying neuroinflammation in her lab at PSUGA.

    Teaching Interests: Neuroscience, microbiology, immunology, biology, anatomy & physiology.
    Area(s) of Expertise: Molecular biology, neurobiology, pain biology, neuroimaging, and neuroimmunology.


    Research Interests

    Research, Professional or Personal Interests :
    US Association for the Study of Pain
    Society for Neuroscience
    American Society for Investigative Pathology


    Stevens AM, Saleem M, Liu L, Janjic J, Pollock J. Targeted COX-2 inhibiting nanomedicine results in pain relief and differential expression of the RNA transcriptome in the dorsal root ganglia of injured male rats. Molecular Pain. 2020, 16, 1-19.

    Stevens AM, Lu L, Bertovich D, Janjic J, Pollock JA. Differential expression of neuroinflammatory mRNAs in the rat sciatic nerve following chronic constriction injury and pain-relieving nanoemulsion NSAID delivery to infiltrating macrophages. International Journal of Molecular Sciences: Neuroimmune Interactions (special edition). 2019, 20, 5269.

    Saleem M*, Stevens AM*, Deal B, Liu L, Janjic J, Pollock JA. A new best practice for validating tail vein injections in rat with near infrared labeled agents. Journal of Visualized Experiments. 2018; 146, e59295. *Authors contributed equally.

    Janjic JM, Vasudeva K, Saleem M, Stevens AM, Liu L, Patel S, Pollock JA. Low-dose NSAIDs reduce pain via macrophage targeted nanoemulsion delivery to neuroinflammation of the sciatic nerve in rat. Journal of Neuroimmunology. 2018; 318 (72-29).