Theus Laboratory Awards & News



  • One health research grant CVM-VCOM for the work entitled “Balancing the maternal microbiota-perinatal neuroimmune axis: Implications for neurodevelopmental disorders” to investigate the role of maternal microbiota on microglial and neurobehavioral development. Michelle Theus Co-PI with Terry Hrubec
  • Ben Okyere receives Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) F31 Fellowship to study the mechanisms regulation Eph-mediated Restriction of collateral remodeling after ischemic stroke
  • Yeonwoo Lebovitz receives the Spring 2017 Graduate Research Development Program (GRDP) award to study Role of maternal gut microbiome in neuroimmune development
  • Thomas Brickler successfully defends his PhD dissertation: The Role of Age and Model Severity on Cortical Vascular Response Following Traumatic Brain Injury


  • Yeonwoo Lebovitz wins 2016-17 Virginia Tech Center for Autism Research (VTCAR) Student Award
  • Kisha Gresham awarded 3-year Diversity Supplement grant to study connexin and Eph receptor signaling in the hippocampal neurogenic niche with relation to cognitive dysfunction following traumatic brain injury
  • Dr. Theus receives ICTAS Junior Faculty Award, $60,000 per year for 2 years, effective July 2016
  • Ben Okyere wins Best IMSD Graduate Presentation, 2016 Mid-Atlantic PREP/IMSD Research Symposium, Richmond, VA, May 2016
  • Dr. Theus' research featured in Virginia Tech News: Virginia Tech team investigates vascular health and traumatic brain injury with $1.7 million grant, March 2016
  • Thomas Brickler wins Outstanding PhD student presentation award, VA-MD Vet Med's 27th Annual Research Symposium, March 2016
  • Dr. Theus featured on Pulse of the Planet, a radio series providing two-minute sound portraits of Planet Earth, nature, culture, and science worldwide.
    • Surviving Strokes, Airdate: Feb 11, 2016
      Why is it that some patients are able to survive a stroke and others are not?
    • Strokes - Collaterals, Airdate: Feb 12, 2016
      After a stroke, a specialized network of blood vessels redirects the flow of blood in the brain.
    • Drugs to Prevent Strokes, Airdate: Feb 15, 2016
      Scientists are trying to develop a drug that could help stroke patients maximize whatever bypass arteries they may have.




  • Thomas Brickler wins competitive travel award to attend Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology’s Neurodevelopmental Workshop in Okinawa, Japan, Sept. 2013