Postdoctoral Fellow

Tabita  Kreko-Pierce , PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow

Cellular and Integrative Physiology

Mentor:  Dr. Jason Pugh



2017 PhD, Physiology University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio


2017-present Institutional National Research Service Award (NRSA), Postdoctoral Fellow, T32 HL007446.
2017 John M. Johnson Distinguished Student Award
2017 Outstanding Student Presentation Award (Physiology Student Symposium)
2016 Travel Award (Physiology Graduate Student)
2015 Outstanding Student Presentation Award (Physiology Student Symposium)
2014 Poster Award (1st Place) (Center for Biomedical Neuroscience Student Symposium)
2014 Poster Award (Physiology Student Symposium)
2011 Abbott Internship Award
2009 Ulster Research Fellowship Award

Professional Memberships

2018-present Society for Neuroscience
2014-2015 American Aging Association


Kreko-Pierce T and Pugh JR. Perturbation of the cerebellar output neurons in a mouse model of muscular dystrophy (manuscript in preparation).  

Kreko-Pierce T, Boiko N, Harbidge DG, Marcus DC, Stockand JD, Pugh JR. 2019. Cerebellar ataxia caused by type II unipolar brush cell dysfunction in the Asic5 knockout mouse. (in revision, Scientific Reports).

Ying Y, Kreko-Pierce T, Howell RD, Pugh JR. 2019. Long-term depression of presynaptic cannabinoid receptor function at parallel fibre synapses. J. Physiol. Jun;597(12):3167-3181

PMID: 31020998

Kreko-Pierce T. and Eaton BA. 2018. Rejuvenation of the aged neuromuscular junctions by exercise. Cell Stress. Feb 1;2(2):25-33

PMCID: PMC6551720

Kreko-Pierce T. and Eaton BA. 2017. The Drosophila LC8 homologue Cut-up specifically governs the retrograde axonal transport of proteasomes. J. Cell Sci. 130:3388-3398.

PMCID: PMC5665441

Kreko-Pierce T, Azpurua J, Mahoney RE and Eaton BA. 2016. Extension of Health Span and Life Span in Drosophila by S107 Requires the calstabin Homologue FK506-BP2. J. Biol. Chem. 50:26045-26055.

PMCID: PMC5207075

Chang L, Kreko-Pierce T, Eaton BA. 2015. The guanine exchange factor Gartenzwerg and the small GTPase Arl1 function in the same pathway with Arfaptin during synapse growth. Biol. Open. 8:947-53.

PMCID: PMC4542281

Chang L, Kreko T, Davison H, Cusmano T, Wu Y, Rothenfluh A, Eaton BA. 2013. Normal dynactin complex function during synapse growth in Drosophila requires membrane binding by Arfaptin. Mol. Biol. Cell. 11:1749-64.

PMCID: PMC3667727

Rawson JM, Kreko T, Davison H, Mahoney R, Bokov A, Chang L, Gelfond J, Macleod GT, Eaton BA. 2011. Effects of diet on synaptic vesicle release in dynactin complex mutants: a mechanism for improved vitality duribg motor disease. Aging Cell. 3:418-27.

PMCID: PMC3350605