University of Vermont

Neuroscience Graduate Program

Ellen Cornbrooks


Imaging/Physiology Core Director

MS, Ecology and Microscopy, Bowling Green State University
MA Literature, Western Michigan University
BA, Biology and English, Western Michigan University


My experience as a microscopist and teacher over the last decade gives me a broad perspective, both theoretical and practical, in the field of imaging and analysis. As operational director of the COBRE Imaging and Physiology Core, I use my technical skills to make our microscopy systems functional and accessible to a wide range of investigators at the University of Vermont. My background helps me quickly assess the needs of our NGP researchers, and provide them the assistance they need to efficiently collect high quality data. To that end, I have several ongoing research collaborations concerning non-traditional neurotransmission, neurotoxicity, and neuroanatomy. Finally, I organize and co-teach an imaging course, ANNB 328 – Techniques in Microscopy, which gives graduate students and technicians a foundation in practical optical theory.


Wesley CS, Guo H, Chaudhry KA, Thali MJ, Yin JC, Clason T, Wesley UV. Loss of PTB or Negative Regulation of Notch mRNA Reveals Distinct Zones of Notch and Actin Protein Accumulation in Drosophila Embryo. PLoS ONE 6(7): e21876. 2011 Abstract Full Text

Rand, MD, Kearney AL, Dao J and Clason TA. Permeabilization of Drosophila embryos for introduction of small molecules. Insect Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. 2010 Nov;40(11):792-804. Epub 2010 Aug 19. Abstract Full Text

Clason T, Ruiz T, Schägger H, Peng G, Zickermann V, Brandt U, Michel H and  Radermacher M. The structure of eukaryotic and prokaryotic complex I. Journal of Structural Biology. 2010 Jan;169(1):81-8. Epub 2009 Sep 2. Abstract Full Text

Rand, MD, Dao JC and Clason TA. Methylmercury disruption of embryonic neural development in Drosophila. Neuro Toxicology. 30(5):794-802, 2009. Abstract Full Text

Clason TA, Zickermann V, Ruiz T, Brandt U and Radermacher, M.  Direct Localization of the 51 kDa and 24 kDa Subunits of Mitochondrial Complex I by Three-dimensional Difference Imaging. Journal of Structural Biology. 159(3):433-42, 2007. Abstract Full Text

Radermacher M, Ruiz T, Clason TA, Benjamin S, Brandt U and Zickermann V.  The Three-dimensional Structure of Complex I from Yarrowia lipolytica: A Highly Dynamic Enzyme. Journal of Structural Biology 154(3):269-279, 2006. Abstract Full Text

Christie AE, Cain SD, Edwards JM, Clason TA, Cherny E, Lin M, Manhas AS, Sellereit KL, Cowan NG, Nold KA, Strassburg H and Graubard K.  The Anterior Cardiac Plexus: An Intrinsic Neurosecretory Site Within the Stomatogastric Nervous System of the Crab Cancer productus. Journal of Experimental Biology 207: 1163-1182, 2004. Abstract Full Text

Crawford BD, Henry CA, Clason TA, Becker AL and Hille MB.  Activity and Distribution of Paxillin, Focal Adhesion Kinase, and Cadherin Indicate Cooperative Roles during Zebrafish Morphogenesis. Molecular Biology of the Cell 14:3065-3081, 2003. Abstract Full Text

Christie AE, Edwards JM, Cherny E, Clason TA and Graubard K.  Immunocytochemical Evidence for Nitric Oxide- and Carbon Monoxide-Producing Neurons in the Stomatogastric Nervous System of the Crayfish Cherax quadricarinatus. The Journal of Comparative Neurology 467(3):293-306, 2003. Abstract Full Text


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