Elizabeth Crouch, MD, PhD

Title(s)Assistant Professor, Pediatrics
SchoolSchool of Medicine
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    DePauw University, Greencastle, INBABiochemistry
    Columbia University, New York, NYMDMedicine
    Columbia University, New York, NYPhDNeuroscience
    University of California, San Francisco, San Francisco, CAResidencyPediatrics
    University of California, San Francisco, San Francisco, CAFellowshipNeonatology

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    I am a neuroscientist, a vascular biologist, and a physician in Neonatal-Perinatal medicine. My lab, the Neurovascular Development lab at crouchlab.ucsf.edu, studies how brain blood vessels grow and interact with other brain cells. In part, this interest is inspired from the preterm babies that I care for clinically. Approximately 20% of preterm babies born between 24-28 gestation weeks will develop germinal matrix hemorrhage (GMH). This hemorrhage can cause hydrocephalus, cerebral palsy, and death, and unfortunately there are currently no treatments. It remains unclear why vasculature in this developmental window is particularly sensitive. One critical barrier is the lack of a comprehensive understanding of the spatiotemporal dynamics of vascular cell development in the prenatal brain. Our research resolves around defining the stages of vascular stem cells in the developing brain and understanding the mechanisms that regulate their functions. We then apply this knowledge to produce novel technologies and therapeutic strategies for different brain hemorrhages in neonatal and pediatric patients. Towards these goals, we utilize neuropathological specimens, flow cytometry (FACS), bioinformatics, and cell culture, including organoid models. We are always interested in hiring motivated and talented individuals. Send an email to inquire; women and URM especially encouraged to apply. For fun, we run the BreakingDownBiology blog (also funded by UCSF ImmunoX) to explain exciting scientific journal articles with every day language.

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    Mural stem cells in normal development and germinal matrix hemorrhage in the preterm human brain
    American Heart Association Career Development Award A137252Jul 1, 2021 - Jun 30, 2024
    Role: PI
    Stage-specific vulnerability of vascular stem cells in preterm brain hemorrhage
    California Institute for Regenerative Medicine Jul 1, 2021 - Jun 30, 2023
    Role: PI
    Mural stem cells in normal development and germinal matrix hemorrhage in the preterm human brain
    NIH K08NS116161Dec 1, 2020 - Nov 30, 2025
    Role: Principal Investigator
    New modalities to interrogate the human brain neurovacular unit
    University of California Physician Scientist Scholar Program Jul 1, 2020 - Jun 30, 2025
    Role: PI
    Immune cell and vascular interactions in the human blood brain barrier
    Hellman Family Clinical-Translational Research Development Award Jul 1, 2020 - Jun 30, 2021
    Role: PI
    Vascular development in the human brain
    NICHD Pediatric Scientist Development Program (PSDP) K12HD000850-34Jul 1, 2018 - Jun 30, 2020

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    1. Disentangling brain vasculature in neurogenesis and neurodegeneration using single-cell transcriptomics. Trends Neurosci. 2023 May 18. Crouch EE, Joseph T, Marsan E, Huang EJ. PMID: 37210315.
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    2. A Case of Neonatal Lupus Presenting with Myocardial Dysfunction in the Absence of Congenital Heart Block (CHB): Clinical Management and Brief Literature Review of Neonatal Cardiac Lupus. Pediatr Cardiol. 2023 Mar; 44(3):736-739. Jain S, Spadafora R, Maxwell S, Botas C, Nawaytou H, von Scheven E, Crouch EE. PMID: 36460799; PMCID: PMC9950208.
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    3. Ensembles of endothelial and mural cells promote angiogenesis in prenatal human brain. Cell. 2022 09 29; 185(20):3753-3769.e18. Crouch EE, Bhaduri A, Andrews MG, Cebrian-Silla A, Diafos LN, Birrueta JO, Wedderburn-Pugh K, Valenzuela EJ, Bennett NK, Eze UC, Sandoval-Espinosa C, Chen J, Mora C, Ross JM, Howard CE, Gonzalez-Granero S, Lozano JF, Vento M, Haeussler M, Paredes MF, Nakamura K, Garcia-Verdugo JM, Alvarez-Buylla A, Kriegstein AR, Huang EJ. PMID: 36179668; PMCID: PMC9550196.
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    4. Developmental dynamics of RNA translation in the human brain. Nat Neurosci. 2022 Oct; 25(10):1353-1365. Duffy EE, Finander B, Choi G, Carter AC, Pritisanac I, Alam A, Luria V, Karger A, Phu W, Sherman MA, Assad EG, Pajarillo N, Khitun A, Crouch EE, Ganesh S, Chen J, Berger B, Sestan N, O'Donnell-Luria A, Huang EJ, Griffith EC, Forman-Kay JD, Moses AM, Kalish BT, Greenberg ME. PMID: 36171426.
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    5. Tropism of SARS-CoV-2 for human cortical astrocytes. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2022 07 26; 119(30):e2122236119. Andrews MG, Mukhtar T, Eze UC, Simoneau CR, Ross J, Parikshak N, Wang S, Zhou L, Koontz M, Velmeshev D, Siebert CV, Gemenes KM, Tabata T, Perez Y, Wang L, Mostajo-Radji MA, de Majo M, Donohue KC, Shin D, Salma J, Pollen AA, Nowakowski TJ, Ullian E, Kumar GR, Winkler EA, Crouch EE, Ott M, Kriegstein AR. PMID: 35858406; PMCID: PMC9335272.
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    6. Individual human cortical progenitors can produce excitatory and inhibitory neurons. Nature. 2022 01; 601(7893):397-403. Delgado RN, Allen DE, Keefe MG, Mancia Leon WR, Ziffra RS, Crouch EE, Alvarez-Buylla A, Nowakowski TJ. PMID: 34912114; PMCID: PMC8994470.
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    7. The Expanding Cell Diversity of the Brain Vasculature. Front Physiol. 2020; 11:600767. Ross JM, Kim C, Allen D, Crouch EE, Narsinh K, Cooke DL, Abla AA, Nowakowski TJ, Winkler EA. PMID: 33343397; PMCID: PMC7744630.
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    8. Reciprocal Interaction between Vascular Filopodia and Neural Stem Cells Shapes Neurogenesis in the Ventral Telencephalon. Cell Rep. 2020 10 13; 33(2):108256. Di Marco B, Crouch EE, Shah B, Duman C, Paredes MF, Ruiz de Almodovar C, Huang EJ, Alfonso J. PMID: 33053356.
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    9. Human organoids to model the developing human neocortex in health and disease. Brain Res. 2020 09 01; 1742:146803. Khakipoor S, Crouch EE, Mayer S. PMID: 32240655; PMCID: PMC7352040.
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    10. Outer Radial Glia-like Cancer Stem Cells Contribute to Heterogeneity of Glioblastoma. Cell Stem Cell. 2020 01 02; 26(1):48-63.e6. Bhaduri A, Di Lullo E, Jung D, Müller S, Crouch EE, Espinosa CS, Ozawa T, Alvarado B, Spatazza J, Cadwell CR, Wilkins G, Velmeshev D, Liu SJ, Malatesta M, Andrews MG, Mostajo-Radji MA, Huang EJ, Nowakowski TJ, Lim DA, Diaz A, Raleigh DR, Kriegstein AR. PMID: 31901251; PMCID: PMC7029801.
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    11. FACS isolation of endothelial cells and pericytes from mouse brain microregions. Nat Protoc. 2018 04; 13(4):738-751. Crouch EE, Doetsch F. PMID: 29565899.
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    12. Regional and stage-specific effects of prospectively purified vascular cells on the adult V-SVZ neural stem cell lineage. J Neurosci. 2015 Mar 18; 35(11):4528-39. Crouch EE, Liu C, Silva-Vargas V, Doetsch F. PMID: 25788671; PMCID: PMC4363382.
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    13. Novel association of early onset hepatocellular carcinoma with transaldolase deficiency. JIMD Rep. 2014; 12:121-7. Leduc CA, Crouch EE, Wilson A, Lefkowitch J, Wamelink MM, Jakobs C, Salomons GS, Sun X, Shen Y, Chung WK. PMID: 24097415; PMCID: PMC3897795.
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    14. Adult neural stem cells and their niche: a dynamic duo during homeostasis, regeneration, and aging. Curr Opin Neurobiol. 2013 Dec; 23(6):935-42. Silva-Vargas V, Crouch EE, Doetsch F. PMID: 24090877.
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    15. The ATM repair pathway inhibits RNA polymerase I transcription in response to chromosome breaks. Nature. 2007 Jun 07; 447(7145):730-4. Kruhlak M, Crouch EE, Orlov M, Montaño C, Gorski SA, Nussenzweig A, Misteli T, Phair RD, Casellas R. PMID: 17554310.
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    16. Regulation of AID expression in the immune response. J Exp Med. 2007 May 14; 204(5):1145-56. Crouch EE, Li Z, Takizawa M, Fichtner-Feigl S, Gourzi P, Montaño C, Feigenbaum L, Wilson P, Janz S, Papavasiliou FN, Casellas R. PMID: 17452520; PMCID: PMC2118564.
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