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Jenna L. Rickus

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Associate Professor of Biological Engineering
Ph.D., Neuroscience & Neuroengineering, University of California - Los Angeles, 2003. B.S. Biochemistry, B.S. Biological Engineering - Purdue University

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Training Group(s):
Integrative Neuroscience
Molecular Signaling and Cancer Biology

Current Research Interests:


- Novel micro and nanoscale biosensors for real time measurements of neurotransmitters, metabolites, ions and small signaling molecules in neural cells. - Integration of -omics technologies with biosensor and biomaterial platforms for novel approaches to problems in neural cell biology - Biological silica as a cellular interface. - Cell-silicon hybrid implantable devices - Designing the neural biomaterial interface to direct cell fate and function

Disease Applications - Glioblastoma - Epilepsy - Diabetes

Selected Publications:

Eric S. McLamore, S. Mohanty; J. Shi. J. Claussen. J. L Rickus, S. S Jedlicka. D M Porterfield. (2010) “A self-referencing glutamate biosensor for measuring real time neuronal glutamate flux” J. Neuroscience Methods. 189 (2010) 14–22

S.S. Jedlicka*, J.L. Rickus, D. Zemlyanov. (2010) “Controllable Surface Expression of Bioactive Peptides Incorporated into a Silica Thin Film Matrix” J. Physical Chemistry. 114(1). p 342 – 344.

D.Jaroch*, M.Ward, J. Rickus, P. Irazoqui (2009) “Magnetic Insertion System for Flexible Electrode Implantation” J. Neuroscience Methods. 183(2):213-222

S. Sommakia, J.L. Rickus, and K.J. Otto (2009) “Effects of adsorbed proteins and an antifouling agent on the impedance of silicon-based neural microelectrodes” IEEE Proceedings of the 31st Annual International IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Conference. paper No. 1221.

A. Pierce, S. Sommakia, J. Rickus, K. Otto. (2009) “Thin-film sol-gel coatings for neural microelectrodes” J. Neuroscience Methods. Volume 180, Issue 1, 30 May 2009, Pages 106-110

Sabrina S. Jedlicka, Maria Dadarlat, Travis J Hassell, Pedro P. Irazoqui, Jenna L. Rickus, (2009). “Glutamate and GABA release from Immature and Mature Neurons Have Different Dependencies on Stimulation Amplitude and Frequency.” International Journal of Neural Systems. Vol. 19. No. 3. 197-212

8.Editors: Schachter SC, Guttag J, Schiff SJ, Schomer DL Contributing Authors: Akhtari M, Bailey EM, Baptiste SL, Barkley GL, Beggs JM, Béland R, Besio W, Binder DK, Bonato P, Bromfield E, Brunner P, Carlson C, Cash SS, Cole AJ, Commowick O, Devinsky O, Doyle WK, Dunseath R, Engel J Jr, Eskandar E, Frei MG, French J, Gale K, Gallagher A, Graves N, Gross RE, Guttag J, Halgren E, Hochberg L, Hsu D, Hsu M, Iasemidis LD, Irazoqui P, Koka K, Kuzniecky R, Lassonde M, Lepore F, Ludvig N, Madsen J, Mancinelli C, McGlone F, Medveczky G, Medvedev AV, Morrell M, Nguyen K, Osorio I, Pang T, Patel S, Patritti B, Potter SM, Rickus J, Ritaccio AL, Rogawski MA, Rolston JD, Rotenberg A, Rothman SM, Sackellares JC, Schachter SC, Schalk G, Schiff SJ, Shoeb AH, Schomer DL, Strangman GE, Tang HM, Terry RS Jr, Thesen T, Truccolo W, Ulbert I, Warfield S, Zhang Q. 2009 “Advances in the application of technology to epilepsy: the CIMIT/NIO Epilepsy Innovation Summit.” Epilepsy & Behavior. Sep;16(1):3-46.

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