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Megan Sayyad, Ph.D.

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Megan joined the UVA community in 2019 after earning her PhD in Neuroscience from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA under the guidance of Dr. Jennifer Koblinski. Her doctoral thesis studies focused on the role of Syndecan-1 in breast cancer brain metastasis as well as how cancer derived extracellular vesicles might mediate the formation of a pro-metastatic niche in the brain. She is currently an NIH NRSA F32 Postdoctoral Fellow co-mentored by Drs. Dave Parichy and Tracy Larson. Through this Fellowship, Megan is investigating neural crest derived progenitor cells in post-embryonic development and regeneration. Beyond this, Megan is primarily interested in intercellular communication, glial biology, and regenerative medicine. In her free time, Megan serves as a Creative Director of Crossmodal, a neuroscience podcast exploring philosophical, cultural, and artistic topics.

Co-mentored with Dr. David Parichy

Parichy Lab Website


Department of Biology
University of Virginia
Physical Life Sciences Building
PO Box 400328
Charlottesville, VA 22904-4328



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