Stacey Wahl, Ph.D. received her Bachelors of Arts in Interdisciplinary Biology and Psychology
from the University of Delaware in May 2007. Dr. Wahl went on to receive her Doctorate of
Philosophy in Biomedical Science with a concentration in Oligodendrocyte Development and
Molecular Neuroscience from Rutgers University and the University of Medicine and Dentistry
of New Jersey in May 2014.
Dr. Wahl is pursuing her goal to teach neuroscience and developmental biology at the under-
graduate level as a postdoctoral fellow in the Virginia Commonwealth University Institutional
Research and Academic Career Development Award program (IRACDA) at the VCU Center on
Health Disparities. Dr. Wahl's research includes studying oligodendrocyte development with
emphasis on the signaling pathways involved in the differentiation of oligodendrocyte from a
mitotic precursor to a mature cell that expresses myelin and ensheathes axons, insulating the
axon from its external environment and facilitating neuronal conduction.
Dr. Wahl is currently working in the laboratory of Dr. Amanda Dickinson of the VCU Department
of Biology where she is studying the development of the primary mouth in Xenopus laevis. When
asked what words of wisdom she would pass on to new research training scholars Dr. Wahl said,
"The best advice that I could give to a new research trainee is to pay attention, write down
everything, and be open to learning everything that you can from anyone you can. Research is
an incredibly exciting place, and making sure that you are diligent and organized while you are
learning will greatly improve your chances of success during your time in graduate school. I would
also encourage new students to take the time to read. It seems like simple advice, but truly
focusing on reading about your research and learning your field will greatly improve your ability to
understand your project and may give you additional insight into your research!"
SE Wahl, LE McLane, KK Bercury, WB Macklin, and TL Wood (2014). “Mammalian target of rapamycin
promotes oligodendrocyte differentiation, initiation and extent of CNS myelination.” J Neurosci. 34(13):4453-65.
WA Tyler*, M Jain*, SE Cifelli*, Q Li, L Ku, Y Feng, H Li, TL Wood (2011). Proteomic Analysis and Identification
of Novel Targets for Mammalian Target of Rapamycin Pathway During Oligodendrocyte Differentiation.”
GLIA 59:1754-1769. *authors contributed equally
SM Hong, SE Cifelli, SA Smith, EJ Smith, C Meyer (2007). “Chromatophores and Color Changes for Investigative
Physiology Laboratory Instruction.” FASEB J. 21:478:10.