Simone Woodruff

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Current Program Year: Grad 2
M.D./Ph.D. Program Students, School of Medicine
Graduate Program in Biomedical Sciences Students, School of Medicine


Research interests: Neurodegenerative disease, glial-neuronal interactions

Clinical interests: Neurology

Education and training

B.S., 2019, University of California, Riverside

Memberships and associations:

  • American Physician Scientists Association
  • American Medical Women's Association
  • Alzheimer's Association International Society to Advance Alzheimer's Research and Treatment
  • American Society for Neurochemistry
  • American Academy of Neurology

Additional information

Honors and awards

UCR Austin and Helen Riesen Psychobiology Award 2019
UCR Chancellor's Research Fellowship 2018


Selected publications

Nguyen AQ, Sutley S, Koeppen J, Mina K, Woodruff S, Hanna S, Vengala A, Hickmott P, Obenaus A, Ethell IM. (2020) Astrocytic ephrin-B1 controls excitatory-inhibitory balance in developing hippocampus. The Journal of Neuroscience, 40 (36) 6854-6871. DOI: 10.1523/jneurosci.0413-20.2020.

Nguyen AQ, Koeppen J, Woodruff S, Mina K, Figueroa Z, Ethell IM. (2020) Astrocytic ephrin-B1 controls synapse formation in the hippocampus during learning and memory. Frontiers in Synaptic Neuroscience, 12, 10. DOI: 10.3389/fnsyn.2020.00010.

Koeppen J, Nguyen AQ, Nikolakopoulou AM, Garcia M, Hanna S, Woodruff S, Figueroa Z, Obenaus A, Ethell IM. (2018) Functional consequences of synapse remodeling following astrocyte-specific regulation of ephrin-B1 in the adult hippocampus. The Journal of Neuroscience, 38(25), 5710-5726 (cover image). DOI: 10.1523/jneurosci.3618-17.2018.