Current PositionPost doctoral fellow at UC San DiegoLab bio
• Characterization of a conducting polymer/graphene oxide nanocomposite; analysis of neuron and neural stem cell interactions with the nanocomposite
• Design and optimization of novel conducting polymer electrode coatings for precise electrochemical neurotransmitter detection; assessment of electrical properties and biocompatibility
• Development of an in vitro traumatic brain injury model utilizing a multielectrode device to simultaneously record neural activity and monitor excitotoxic glutamate release
• Optimization of highly precise, electrically controlled drug delivery from conducting polymer films
Doctor of Philosophy
University of Pittsburgh
Expected graduation: May 2013
Bachelor of Arts
Biology with a specialization in Neuroscience
University of Pittsburgh Provostâ€™s Development Fund Award 2013
Second Place Winner, Scientific Retreat Poster Contest, McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine Annual Scientific Retreat 2013
National Science Foundation IGERT 2011-2013
U.S. Department of Energy and National Energy Technology Laboratory Professional Internship Program Award 2009-2011
Beckman Scholars Research Award 2003-2005
Weaver C.L. , LaRosa J.M., Luo X., Cui X.T. (2014). Electrically Controlled Drug Delivery from Graphene Oxide Nanocomposite Films. ACS Nano . 8(2): 1834-1843.
Luo X.*, Weaver C.L. *, Tan S., Cui X.T. (2013). Pure graphene oxide doped conducting polymer nanocomposite for bio-interfacing. J. Mater. Chem. B , 1:1340-1348.
* authors contributed equally to this manuscript
Kozai T.D.Y., Vazsquez A.L., Weaver C.L. , Kim S., Cui X.T. (2012). In vivo two-photon microscopy reveals immediate microglial reaction to implantation of microelectrode through extension of processes. J. Neural Eng. 9(6):066001.
Luo X., Weaver C.L. , Zhou D.D., Greenberg R., Cui X.T. (2011). Highly stable carbon nanotube doped poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene) for chronic neural stimulation.Biomaterials 32(24):5551-7.
Cruz D.A., Weaver C.L. , Lovallo E.M., Melchitzky D.S., Lewis D.A. (2009). Selective alterations in postsynaptic markers of chandelier cell inputs to cortical pyramidal neurons in subjects with schizophrenia. Neuropsychopharmacology . 34(9): 2112-24.
Weaver C.L. , Snyder N.R., Cui X.T. Development of an in vitro focal neuronal injury platform with simultaneous neural recording and conducting polymer/graphene oxide nanocomposite-mediated electrochemical sensing. Presented at the Society for Biomaterials Annual Meeting, Boston, MA, April 13 th , 2013.
Weaver C.L.* , LaRosa J.M., Cui X.T. Electrically controlled release of anti-inflammatory dexamethasone from conducting polymer/graphene oxide nanocomposite films. Presented at the McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine Annual Scientific Retreat, Farmington, PA, March 7 th -10 th , 2013.
* Second Place Winner in the Scientific Retreat Poster Contest
Weaver C.L . and Cui X.T. Neural stem cell interfacing with graphene oxide doped conducting polymer. Presented at the Society for Neuroscience Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA, October 14 th , 2012
Weaver C.L. and Cui X.T. Electrochemical detection of dopamine with graphene oxide doped conducting polymer modified electrodes. Presented at Translation Science 2012, Pittsburgh, PA, October 5 th , 2012.
Weaver C.L. , Luo X., Cui X.T. Biomolecule immobilization on graphene oxide doped conducting polymer for tissue engineering applications. Presented at the McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine Annual Scientific Retreat, Farminton, PA, March 4 th -6 th , 2012.
Weaver C.L. and Cui X.T. Directing neuronal differentiation via neurochemical release from carbon nanotube-doped conducting polymers. Presented at the Society for Biomaterials Annual Meeting, Orlando, FL, April 14 th -15 th , 2011.
Weaver C.L. , Stauffer W.R., Sleight T.W., Kass R.E., Cui X.T. Local release of CNQX as a method to study cultured neuronal network activity. Presented at the Biomedical Engineering Society Annual Meeting, Pittsburgh, PA, October 9 th , 2009.
Weaver C.L. and Erskine M.S., Colocalization of NMDA receptor and estrogen receptor alpha in the mating-activated cells of the medial amygdala in the female rat. Presented at the Sixth Annual Beckman Scholars Symposium, Irvine, CA, July 31 st , 2004.