Kahlilia Blanco

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Presidential Assistant Professor
Core Faculty, Penn Epigenetics Institute
Faculty, Cell and Molecular Biology Graduate Group
Faculty, Neuroscience Graduate Group
Department: Cell and Developmental Biology

Contact information
415 Curie Boulevard
Clinical Research Building 364
Philadelphia, PA 19104
B.S. (Psychobiology)
Southern Adventist University, 2008.
Ph.D. (Neuroscience)
University of Miami, 2014.
Post-Graduate Training
Predoctoral Graduate Student in Neurology, University of Miami, Miami, FL, 2009-2014.
Postdoctoral Fellow in Neurological Surgery, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI, 2015-2019.
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Selected Publications

Chokkalla AK, Jeong S, Mehta SL, Davis CK, Morris-Blanco KC, Bathula S, Qureshi SS, Vemuganti R.: Cerebroprotective Role of N(6)-Methyladenosine Demethylase FTO (Fat Mass and Obesity-Associated Protein) After Experimental Stroke. Stroke 2023.

Morris-Blanco KC, Chokkalla AK, Kim T, Bhatula S, Bertogliat MJ, Gaillard AB, Vemuganti R.: High-Dose Vitamin C Prevents Secondary Brain Damage After Stroke via Epigenetic Reprogramming of Neuroprotective Genes. Translational Stroke Research 13(6): 1017-1036, Dec 2022 Notes: Epub 2022 Mar 20. DOI: 10.1007/s12975-022-01007-6.

Morris-Blanco KC, Chokkalla AK, Arruri V, Jeong S, Probelsky SM, Vemuganti R.: Epigenetic mechanisms and potential therapeutic targets in stroke. J Cereb Blood Flow Metab 42(11): 2000-2016, Jul 2022.

Mehta SL, Chokkalla AK, Kim T, Bathula S, Chelluboina B, Morris-Blanco KC, Holmes A, Banerjee A, Chauhan A, Lee J, Venna VR, McCullough LD, Vemuganti R.: Long Noncoding RNA Fos Downstream Transcript Is Developmentally Dispensable but Vital for Shaping the Poststroke Functional Outcome. Stroke 52(7): 2381-2392, Jul 2021.

Morris-Blanco KC, Chokkalla AK, Bertogliat MJ, Vemuganti R.: TET3 regulates DNA hydroxymethylation of neuroprotective genes following focal ischemia. J Cereb Blood Flow Metab 41(3): 590-603, Mar 2021.

Morris-Blanco KC, Kim T, Lopez MS, Bertogliat MJ, Chelluboina B, Vemuganti R.: Induction of DNA Hydroxymethylation Protects the Brain After Stroke. Stroke 50(9): 2513-2521, Sep 2019.

Kim T, Mehta SL, Morris-Blanco KC, Chokkalla AK, Chelluboina B, Lopez M, Sullivan R, Kim HT, Cook TD, Kim JY, Kim H, Kim C, Vemuganti R.: The microRNA miR-7a-5p ameliorates ischemic brain damage by repressing α-synuclein. Sci Signal 11: eaat4285, Dec 2018.

Li G, Morris-Blanco KC*, Lopez MS, Yang T, Zhao H, Vemuganti R, Luo Y: Impact of microRNAs on ischemic stroke: From pre- to post-disease. Prog Neurobiol Page: 163-164:59-78, 2018 Notes: *Co-First Author

Morris-Blanco KC, Kim T, Bertogliat MJ, Mehta SL, Chokkalla AK, Vemuganti R.: Inhibition of the Epigenetic Regulator REST Ameliorates Ischemic Brain Injury. Mol Neurobiol 56(4): 2542-2550, Apr 2019.

Koronowski KB, Khoury N, Morris-Blanco KC, Stradecki-Cohan HM, Garrett TJ, Perez-Pinzon MA.: Metabolomics based identification of SIRT5 and Protein Kinase C epsilon regulated pathways in brain. Front Neurosci. Jan 2018.

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