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Department of Pharmacology, Physiology & Neuroscience

Ellen Townes-Anderson, Ph.D.

Omsbudsman for the Graduate School in Newark
Director of the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs

Department of Pharmacology, Physiology & Neuroscience

Medical Science Building (MSB)
185 South Orange Avenue Room H-592
Newark , NJ 07101
Phone: (973) 972-7392



Ph.D., 1980, Boston University School of Medicine




Relevant Publications:

Townes-Anderson, E. and N. Zhang. Synaptic plasticity and structural remodeling of rod and cone cells. In: Plasticity in the Visual System: From Genes to Circuits, eds. R. Pinaud, L.A. Tremere and P. De Weerd , Springer/Kluwer Academic Press, pgs 13-31, 2006
Townes-Anderson, E. and M. Nachman-Clewner. Axonal and synaptic regeneration by salamander photoreceptors. In: Nerve Regeneration , eds. N. Ingoglia and M. Murray, Marcel Dekkar, NY, pgs 107-127, 2001
Zhang, N., Beuve, A., and E. Townes-Anderson. The NO-cGMP signaling pathway differentially regulates presynaptic structural plasticity in cone and rod cells. J. Neurosci. 25: 2761-2770, 2005
Clarke, R , Högnason, K, Brimacombe, M and E. Townes-Anderson. Cone and rod cells have different target preferences in vitro as revealed by optical tweezers. Mol. Vis. 14:706-720, 2008
Alfinito, P.D. and E. Townes-Anderson. Activation of mislocalized opsin kills rod cells: A novel mechanism for rod cell death in retinal disease. P.N.A.S. 99:5655-5660, 2002
Linton, J.D. plus 28 others, including E. Townes-Anderson. Flow of energy in the outer retina in darkness and in light. P.N.A.S. 107:8599-8604, 2010 Cover photo by E. Townes-Anderson
Fontainhas, A. M. and E. Townes-Anderson. RhoA inactivation prevents photoreceptor axon retraction in an in vitro model of acute retinal detachment. I.O.V.S. 52:579-587, 2011
Wang, J., Kolomeyer, A.M., Zarbin, M.A., and E. Townes-Anderson. Organotypic Culture of Full-thickness Adult Porcine Retina. JoVE, pii: 2655. (, 2011




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