Department of Bio-Medical Sciences - Georgia
Assistant Professor of Anatomy

Abigail Hielscher, PhD


Email: abigailhi@pcom.edu
Office: 678-225-7463
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For the DO program, I participate in lecture and lab dissections for Structural Principles of Osteopathic Medicine (SPOM) and Basic and Clinical Neuroanatomy (BCN). For the Biomedical Sciences Program, I participate in lectures for anatomy, microanatomy and neuroanatomy.

  • Education

    Postdoctoral Fellow, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD, 2010-2013
    PhD, University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, NE, 2005-2009

  • Courses

  • Awards

  • Publications

    Selected Publications

    The Physical Sciences-Oncology Network (Hielscher A, Dickinson LE, Gerecht S). A physical sciences network characterization of nonmalignant and metastatic cells (2013). Scientific Reports 3, Article number:1449

    Hielscher A, McGuire T, Weisenburger D, Sharp JG. Matrigel modulates a stem cell phenotype and promotes tumor formation in a human mantle cell lymphoma cell line (2013) Journal of Stem Cell Discovery 3, 167-179.

    Hielscher A, Qiu C, Porterfield J, Smith Q, Gerecht S. Hypoxia affects the structure of breast cancer cell-derived matrix to support angiogenic responses of endothelial cells (2013) Journal of Carcinogenesis and Mutagenesis doi: 10.4172/2157-2518.S13-005.

    Hielscher A, Gerecht S. Engineering Approaches for Investigating Tumor Angiogenesis: Exploiting the Role of the Extracellular Matrix (2012); Cancer Research 72: 6089-6096.

    Hielscher A, Qiu C, Gerecht S. Breast cancer extracellular matrix supports vascular morphogenesis (2012); American Journal of Physiology-Cell Physiology 302: C1243-56.

    Hielscher A, Yu-I Shen, Gerecht S. Engineering bioactive scaffolds for stem cell vascular therapy (2010). Stem Cell-From Mechanisms to Technologies. Stockowiak and Tzanakakis (Eds).World Scientific Publishing and Imperial College Press

  • Other

    Volunteer and leadership activities

    Operation Smile (2014)
    GA-PCOM; Faculty Advisor

    Gwinnett County Schools (2014)
    GA-PCOM; Faculty volunteer for STEM events

    Science Fair Judge (2014)
    Judge for Gwinnett County and Georgia State Fairs

    Women in Biology (2013-present)
    Volunteer for STEM outreach events for young women in Atlanta metro area

    Women in Science and Engineering (2012-2013)
    Johns Hopkins; Research mentor for young women

    Johns Hopkins Physical Sciences Oncology (2012-2013)
    Johns Hopkins; Project lead of the Breast Cancer Advocacy Initiative