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Lora Talley Watts, Ph.D.

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Dr. Lora Watts is an assistant professor at the Department of Cell Systems and Anatomy and the Research Imaging Institute at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio.

The focus of her laboratory is in developing and implementing in vitro and in vivo methods to detect neurodegeneration and neuroprotection following traumatic brain injury and stroke. 

Her specific interests are:1) assessment of neuroprotection and neurodegeneration in relation to traumatic brain injury and stroke; 2) imaging techniques for in vivo assessment of traumatic brain injury and stroke; and 3) behavioral assessment of functional recovery following traumatic brain injury and stroke. The lab utilizes cellular, molecular and whole animal approaches to delineate novel treatment options for traumatic brain injury and stroke patients.

Selected Publications

Lora Talley Watts, Qiang Shen, Shengwen Deng, Jonathan Chemello, Timothy Q Duong. Manganese-enhanced MRI in a controlled cortical impact model of mild traumatic brain injury. Journal of Neurotrauma (accepted 12-18-2014)

Lora Talley Watts, Justin Alexander Long*, Hemanth Manga, Shiliang Huang, Ph.D., Qiang Shen, Ph.D., Timothy Q Duong, Ph.D. Normobaric oxygen worsens outcome following mild Traumatic Brain Injury. Journal of Cerebral Blood Flow and Metabolism (accepted Jan 16, 2015)

*-Authors contributed equally

Watts LT, Lloyd R, Garling RJ, Duong T. Stroke neuroprotection: targeting mitochondria. Brain Sci. 2013 Apr 19;3(2):540-60.

Zheng W, Watts LT, Holstein DM, Prajapati SI, Keller C, Grass EH, Walter CA, Lechleiter JD. Purinergic receptor stimulation reduces cytotoxic edema and brain infarcts in mouse induced by photothrombosis by energizing glial mitochondria. PLoS One. 2010 Dec 22;5(12):e14401.

Shen Q, Du F, Huang S, Rodriguez P, Watts LT, Duong TQ. Neuroprotective efficacy of methylene blue in ischemic stroke: an MRI study. PLoS One. 2013 Nov 21;8(11):e79833.

Muir ER, Watts LT, Tiwari YV, Bresnen A, Shen Q, Duong TQ. Quantitative cerebral blood flow measurements using MRI. Methods Mol Biol. 2014;1135:205-11.

Fletcher L, Evans TM, Watts LT, Jimenez DF, Digicaylioglu M. Rapamycin treatment improves neuron viability in an in vitro model of stroke. PLoS One. 2013 Jul 4;8(7):e68281.

Assistant Professor

Cell Systems and Anatomy


Ph.D., Pharmacology, University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, 2005

B.S., Biology, St. Edward's University, 1997



Phone: 210-567-8186

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