Christine Wu

Neuroscience Graduate Student 


Center for Neuroscience





 Current                       University of California at Davis

                                    Graduate Group in Neuroscience, Ph.D. expected 2004

 May 1996                  Cornell University, College of Arts and Sciences, Ithaca, New York

                                    B.A. Biological Sciences - concentration in Neurobiology & Behavior

                                    B.A. Psychology, magna cum laude - concentration in Biopsychology


Honors and Awards:

2002-2004                                  NIMH Individual National Research Service Award, "Neural correlates of 

                                    mild cognitive impairment"

Spring 2002               Northern California Alzheimer’s Association Student Excellence Award

Spring 2000               Achievement Reward for College Scientists (ARCS) Fellowship

1998-2000                 NIH Institutional Training Grant in Systems Neuroscience, UC Davis


 Clinical and Research Experience:

 1999-present             Doctoral Research, UC Davis, Center for Neuroscience

                                    Advisor: William Jagust, MD

Investigating biological basis for memory loss and dementia using structural and functional neuroimaging.

1997-1998                                  Research Assistant, Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA

Advisor: W. Tom Roth, MD

Coordinated clinical trials for various affective disorders.  Conducted psychological assessments and

structured clinical interviews.  Certified in phlebotomy and EKG.

1995-1996                                  Honors Research, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY  

Advisor: Barbara Strupp, PhD

Project: Effects of developmental lead exposure on cholinergic activity related to long term memory in rats.

1995-1996                                  Research Assistant, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY

Advisor: Steven Robertson, PhD

Assisted in project design and experimental procedures for study investigating the development of reaching

behavior in infants.



Eberling, J.L., Wu C., Haan, M.N., Mungas, D., Buonocore, M., and Jagust, W.J. (2003)  Preliminary evidence that estrogen protects against age-related hippocampal atrophy.  Neurobiology of Aging, 24(5):725-32.

Eberling, J.L., Wu, C., Tong-Turnbeaugh, R., and Jagust, W.J. Effects of estrogen and tamoxifen on brain structure and function. (in press) Neuroimage

Wu, C.C., Mungas, D.M., Eberling, J.L., Reed, B.R., and Jagust, W.J.  (2002) Imaging interactions betweem Alzheimer’s disease and cerebrovascular disease. NY Acad Sci, 977:403-410

Wu, C.C., Mungas, D.M., Petkov, C.I., Eberling, J.L., Zrelak, P.A., Buonocore, M.,  Brunberg, J.A., Haan, M.N., and Jagust, W.J. (2002) Brain structure and cognition in a community sample of elderly Latinos.  Neurology, 59:383-391

Jagust, W.J., Eberling, J.L., Wu, C.C., Finkbeiner, A.M., Mungas, D.M., Valk, P., and Haan, M.N.  (2002) Brain function and cognition in a community sample of elderly Latinos.  Neurology, 59:378-383

Petkov, C.I., Wu, C.C., Eberling, J.L, Haan, M.N, Mungas, D.M., Yonelinas, A.P., and Jagust, W.J.  Imaged correlates of declarative memory in a sample with varied cognitive decline: The SALSA study.  (submitted)



C.C. Wu, C Ranganath, A. Yonelinas, and W.J. Jagust (2003) Mild cognitive impairment can produce memory deficits through different mechanisms.  Society for Neuroscience Abstract 240.3

C.C. Wu, J.L.Eberling, R. Tong-Turnbeaugh, W.J. Jagust. (2002) Opposing effects of estrogen and tamoxifen on hippocampal volume. Society for Neuroscience Abstract 625.9

J.L. Eberling, C.C. Wu, R. Tong-Turnbeaugh, W.J. Jagust. (2002) Effects of estrogen and tamoxifen on cerebral glucose metabolism in postmenopausal women.  Society for Neuroscience Abstract 625.8

C.C. Wu, J.L. Eberling, A.M. Finkbeiner, D. Mungas, M.N. Haan, W.J. Jagust. (2001) Functional brain changes associated with various stages of cognitive impairment in a community sample: The SALSA study. Society for Neuroscience Abstract 547.12

J.L. Eberling, C.C. Wu, M.N. Haan, D. Mungas, M.Buonocore, W.J. Jagust. (2001)  Gender differences in age-related hippocampal atrophy: the role of estrogen. Society for Neuroscience Abstract 550.2

R. Maddock, A. Garrett, C. Wu, M. Buonocore. Autobiographical memory retrieval and posterior cingulate cortex activation in early Alzheimer's disease. (2001) Human Brain Mapping Abstract; 705.

C.C. Wu, J.L. Eberling, C.I. Petkov, M.N. Haan, D.M. Mungas, M. Buonocore, A.M. Finkbeiner, and W.J.Jagust. (2000) MR volumetry of hippocampus, entorhinal cortex, and temporal lobe at various stages of cognitive decline. Society for Neuroscience Abstract, 575.12

J.L. Eberling, C.I. Petkov, C.C. Wu, A.M. Finkbeiner, D.M. Mungas, A.P. Yonelinas, M.N. Haan and W.J. Jagust. (2000) MR Correlates of declarative memory in a community sample with varied cognitive decline. Society for Neuroscience Abstract, 559.2

W. Jagust, J. Eberling, D. Mungas, C. Wu, C. Petkov, A. Finkbeiner, M. Buonocore, J. Brunberg, & M. Haan.  (1999) PET and MRI in a Community Sample with Varied Cognitive Impairment: The SALSA Study. American Academy of Neurology Abstract; S13.003.