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Christopher Blackwood Adjunct Professorial Lecturer Chemistry

PhD, Cornell University - Biological and Biomedical Sciences

BS, Clark Atlanta University - Biology

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Partnerships & Affiliations

  • Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc

  • Neuroscience Scholar Program (NSP)
    Associate Fellow

  • E.E. Just Postgraduate
    Associate Fellow

  • Society for Neuroscience

  • International Behavioral Neuroscience Society (IBNS)

  • International Behavioral Neuroscience Society

  • Ford Foundation

Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities

Selected Publications

Published in peer-review journals

  • Blackwood C.A,McCoy M.T, Lendenheim B, Cadet J.L.  Oxycodone self-administration activates the mitogen-activated protein kinase/ mitogen- and stress-activated protein kinase (MAPK-MSK) signaling pathway in the rat dorsal striatum. Scientific Reports, 2021
  • Salisbury A.J., Blackwood C.A, Cadet J.LProlonged Withdrawal from Escalated Oxycodone is Associated with Increased Expression of Glutamate Receptors in the Rat Hippocampus. Frontiers in Neuroscience, 2020
  • BlackwoodC.A,Bailetti A, NandiS, GridleyT, HébertJ.M.  NotchDosage: Jagged1haploinsufficiency is associated with reduced neuronal division and disruption of periglomerular interneurons. Frontiers in Cell and Developmental Biology, 2020. 
  • Blackwood C.A,McCoy M.T, Lendenheim, Cadet J.L. Escalated Oxycodone Self-Administration and Punishment: Differential Expression of Opioid Receptors and Immediate Early Genes in the Rat Dorsal Striatum and Prefrontal Cortex. Frontiers in Neuroscience, 2020
  • Blackwood C.A,Leary M, Salisbury A, McCoy M.T, Cadet JL Escalated oxycodone self-administration causes differential striatal mRNA expression of FGFs and IEGs following abstinence-associated incubation of oxycodone seeking. Neuroscience, 2019 
  • Blackwood C.A.Quantitative approach to numbers and sizes: Generation of primary neurospheres from the dorsal lateral ganglionic eminence of late embryonic mice. F1000Research, 2019.
  • Blackwood C.A.Jagged1is essential for maintaining radial glial cells in the cortical ventricular zone. Neuroscience, 2019 
  • Blackwood C.A,Hoerle R, Leary M, Schroeder J, Job M.O, McCoy M.T, Ladenheim B, Jayanthi S, and Cadet J.L. Molecular adaptations in the rat dorsal striatum and hippocampus following abstinence-induced incubation of drug seeking after escalated oxycodone self-administration. Molecular Neurobiology, 2019
  • NandiS, GutinG., BlackwoodC.A, KamatkarN.G, LeeK.W, WangF, FishellG, GoldfarbM, Hébert,J.M.FGF-Dependent, Context-Driven Role for FRS Adapters in the Early Telencephalon.Journal of Neuroscience, 2017
  • Lopez-Jimenez ND, Sainz E, Cavenagh MM, Cruz-Ithier MA, Blackwood C.A, Battey JF, Sullivan SL. Two novel genes, Gpr113, which encodes a family 2 G-protein-coupled receptors, and Trcg1, are selectively expressed in taste receptor cells. Genomics, 2005

Published conference and dissertation papers

  • Cadet JL and Blackwood C.A. Expression of striatal fibroblast growth factors in rats after escalated oxycodone self-administration.  Biological Psychiatry, 2019
  • Cadet JL and Blackwood C.A. Mimicking oxycodone use disorder with footshock punishment as adverse consequences: Role of IEGs in the rat striatum and prefrontal cortex. Biological Psychiatry, 2020 Blackwood, C.A. 
  • Blackwood C.A. The role of Jagged1 in the subventricular zone during late embryonic development, Dissertation,Cornell University, 2014
  • Faria AC, Blackwood C.A, Hokoc JN. The expression of amyloidal precursor protein in retina tissue possesses a novel location to study Alzheimer’s disease, Dissertation, University of Rio de Janiero, 2000

Grants and Sponsored Research

  • NIDA Intramural Research Training Awards (IRTA) Fellowship, 2017-2020  
  • IRACDA-BETTR(K12)Fellowship(5K12GM102779-06),  2014-2017
  • NRSA(NIH)F31Fellowship(Blackwood,PI)(5F31DC011709-03)($75,000), 2011-2013 
  • Cornell University Provost Diversity Fellowship, 2011-2012
  • Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellowship ($21,000), 2011-2012 
  • NIHPre-IRTA Fellowship, 2003-2006 
  • Fogarty Minority International Research Training Fellowship, 2000          
  • Minority Access to ResearchCareers(MARC) Fellowship, 1999-2001 

Honors, Awards, and Fellowships

  • EE Just Postgraduate Fellowship in Life Science (Associate), 2020
  • Neuroscience Scholar Program (NSP) (Associated) Fellow, 2019
  • Biomedical Science Careers Conference Travel Award, 2018
  • Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSK) / UNCF Travel Award, 2018
  • NIH Postdoctoral Intramural Research Training Award (IRTA) Fellowship, 2014-2017
  • Institutional Research and Academic Career Development (IRACDA) Travel Award, 2017
  • Future Faculty Workshop Travel Award, University of Delaware/Hampton University, 2016
  • The American Society for Cell Biology (ASCB) Travel Award, Puerto Rico, 2014                                                                                               
  • University of California San Francisco (UCSF) “PostDoc Bootcamp” Award, 2011
  • First Place Abstract Poster Award, Pharmacology Poster Day, Cornell University, 2010
  • State University of New York (SUNY) Diversity Fellowship, 2007-2009
  • First Place Abstract Acre of Diamonds Award, Temple University, 2004
  • Clark Atlanta University Institutional Scholarship, 2000-2001
  • Minority Access to Research Careers (MARC) U*STAR Fellowship, 1999-2001
  • United Negro College Fund (UNCF)/Bristol-Myers Scholarship, 1998-2001
  • Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) Scholarship, 1996-1997
  • Abyssinian Baptist Church Book Scholarship (Harlem), 1997
  • Cornell University Summer Honors Program Scholarship, 1996