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University of Cambridge
Cambridge, UK
2014-2018 (expected)
          PhD candidate in Clinical Neuroscience
          Marshall Scholar; NIH Cambridge Scholar

Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI
May 2014
          BS, Neuroscience
          BS, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
          Additional Major in English
          Alumni Distinguished Scholar; Honors College; 4.00 GPA


John van Geest Centre for Brain Repair
University of Cambridge
2014-2018 (expected)
          Project: Investigating enzyme therapies to facilitate regeneration of retinal ganglion cells in the injured optic nerve by targeting inhibitory chondroitin sulfate proteoglycans
          Skills: rodent optic nerve crush surgery, retinal flatmount, tissue embedding and cryosectioning, immunohistochemistry, Western Blot, PCR, confocal imaging

Department of Small Animal Clinical Sciences
Michigan State University
          Project: Designed PLGA microcapsules for sustained release of 11-cis-retinal in animal models of Leber Congenital Amaurosis (LCA), an inherited form of blindness
          Skills: fabrication of polymer microcapsules, nanodrop spectrophotometry

Digital Humanities and Literary Cognition Lab
Michigan State University
          Project: Characterize patterns of neural activity during attentive literary reading
          Skills: fMRI data analysis; served as lab manager, supervising over 20 undergraduate and graduate research assistants; contributed to drafting of several major grants

Awards & Honors

Marshall Scholarship (2014)
Awarded to 34 of 979 endorsed applicants for 2 years fully-funded study at a UK institution

NIH Cambridge Scholarship (2014)
National award funds a collaborative 4-year PhD between Cambridge and the NIH

Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship (2012)
National award for students demonstrating commitment to a research career in STEM fields

Phi Beta Kappa Society (inducted 2013)

Poster Award, National Institutes of Health Glycosciences Research Day (2017)

Best Student Talk, Cambridge Department of Clinical Neurosciences (2015)

Best Research Pitch, Cambridge Neurological Society Symposium (2015)

Impact Poster Award, Graduate School of Life Sciences, Cambridge (2015)

Richard Lee Featherstone Endowed Prize (2014)
Awarded to most outstanding graduating senior at Michigan State University

Alumni Distinguished Scholarship (2010-2014)
Awarded to 15 outstanding MSU freshmen, funding four years of tuition, room and board


C. Pearson and K. Martin. Cell based therapies for glaucoma. Advances in Clinical Neuroscience and Rehabilitation 2015; 15(6): 13-14.
C. Pearson and K. Martin. Stem cell approaches to glaucoma, from aqueous outflow modulation to retinal neuroprotection. Progress in Brain Research 2015; 220: 241-256.
Y. Shu, M. Baumann, E. Case, R. Irwin, S. Meyer, C. Pearson, and L. McCabe. Surface microcracks signal osteoblasts to regulate alignment and bone formation. Materials Science and Engineering C 2014; 44: 191-200.

Conference Presentations

C. Pearson, K. Martin, and H. Geller. Modifying chondroitin sulfate proteoglycans enhances retinal ganglion cell axon regeneration in the mouse optic nerve. Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) annual meeting. Baltimore, Maryland. Poster. May 2017.
Fully funded by travel grant from the Guarantors of Brain

C. Pearson, K. Martin, and H. Geller. Optic Nerve Crush: Molecular Responses to Acute Injury in the Visual System. Optic Nerve Meeting. Obergurgl, Austria. Oral Presentation. December 2015.
Fully funded by travel grant from Gonville and Caius College

C. Pearson, K. Martin, and H. Geller. Characterization of the Injury Response to an Optic Nerve Crush in the Mouse. International Symposium for Neural Regeneration. Asilomar, California. Poster. November 2015.
Fully funded by travel grants from Marshall Aid Commemoration Commission and International Symposium for Neural Regeneration

C. Pearson, A. Barber, K. Martin, and H. Geller. Distribution of Chondroitin Sulfate Proteoglycans After Acute Optic Nerve Injury. British Neuroscience Association: Festival of Neuroscience. Edinburgh, Scotland. Poster. April 2015.
Fully funded by competitive travel grant from the E.G. Fearnside Fund

C. Pearson, A. Barber, K. Martin, and H. Geller. Distribution of Chondroitin Sulfate Proteoglycans After Acute Optic Nerve Injury. Cambridge Neurological Society Symposium. Cambridge, UK. Poster. March 2015.
Awarded first prize for best research pitch

C. Pearson, M. Baumann, S. Petersen-Jones, and D. Thompson. PLA/PGA as a Retinoid Delivery Device for Treatment of Leber Congenital Amaurosis. Biomedical Engineering Society Conference. Connecticut Convention Center, Hartford, CT. Poster. October 2011.

Leadership & Outreach

Fellow, ARVO Science Communication Training Program
One of 20 trainees selected by Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology.
£6,000 from Cambridge Eye Trust to develop education outreach program in UK schools.

Engaged Pedagogy Grant, MSU College of Arts and Letters
April 2017
$5,000 to develop course materials in disability studies, organize a symposium, and produce an accessible art installation at MSU’s Broad Museum, November 2017

Short film grant, Wellcome Trust and University of Cambridge
April 2016
Competitive £4,000 grant to produce short film, “Talk With Your Hands: Communication Across the Sensory Spectrum,” featured at Cambridge Festival of Ideas, October 2016

Editor-in-Chief, Exceptions
May 2013-May 2014 (currently serving as Consulting Editor)
Managed editorial staff; conducted interviews; curated website and social media
Organized “Accessible Art” event at Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum, April 2015, funded by a competitive grant from MSU College of Arts and Letters

Team Organizer, Pint of Science, Cambridge, UK
Organized community outreach event, scheduled speakers, coordinated with venue


Faculty, Medicine and the Brain, Oxbridge Academic Programs
July 2016
Designed course materials and taught two courses of students aged 16-18 enrolled in international program; coordinated workshops, dissections, lab visits, and guest speakers

Teaching Assistant, Neurobiology, MSU College of Natural Science
August-December 2012
Supervised 72 students in group learning activities for senior-level course focused on structure and function of nerve cells; prepared course materials and managed gradebook