Crina Peterson, MD, PhD

Resident PGY2, Department of Neurosurgery

Crina Peterson

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MD, University of New Mexico School of Medicine, Albuquerque

PhD, University of New Mexico School of Medicine, Albuquerque

BA, business and biology, Baylor University, Waco, TX

Summary

Dr. Peterson completed her MD and PhD from the University of New Mexico (UNM) School of Medicine in Albuquerque. She earned her BBA in business and biology from Baylor University in Waco, TX. She is a member of Sigma Xi Research Honor Society and earned Phase I Honors during Medical School (2013-2015). As part of a COVID-19 course at UNM, she created a series of podcasts designed to help answer the general public’s questions about the virus/pandemic and met a public health requirement by creating an educational video about vaccines.

Elected to serve for almost three years as the sole student representative on the UNM MD/PhD Program Admissions Committee, Dr. Peterson helped assess applications, extend interviews, perform interviews, and select applicants. She also spent four years volunteering with Frontiers for Young Minds, an organization that gives middle and high schoolers an opportunity to learn how to peer review scientific papers.

In addition, Dr. Peterson spent almost eight years volunteering at the student-run clinic for homeless men at the Albuquerque Opportunity Center. She spent seven years and held several leadership positions in the New Mexico Society for Student Physician Scientists, an organization dedicated to facilitating networking, presentation opportunities, and physician-scientist lectures for MD/PhD candidates.

To further her research skills, Dr. Peterson completed a two-year certification through the UNM Clinical and Translational Investigators Program, which prepared her to present research ideas and data to clinical audiences. She also worked in the UNM Department of Neurosciences’ Weick Lab under the leadership of Jason P. Weick, PhD. She completed her PhD in that lab, which uses human pluripotent stem cells (hPSCs) to study cortical development and therapeutic potential of hPSC-derived neurons in promoting functional recovery after brain injury.

Dr. Peterson has published articles in peer-reviewed medical journals and in online publications and has made numerous poster and oral presentations. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, running, hiking, backpacking, and traveling (she has been to 18 countries outside the U.S.). She also holds a second-degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do.

Professional Associations

  • Sigma Xi Research Honor Society
  • American Association of Neurological Surgeons
  • American Medical Association

Research

Publications

Peer Reviewed Journal Articles/Abstracts

  • Floruta, C.M., Du, R., Kang, H., Stein, J.L., Weick, J.P. Default Patterning of Human Pluripotent Stem Cell-Derived Neurons Results in Pan-cortical and CGE/LGE-like gene expression patterns. Stem Cell Reports. (2017); 9(5): 1463-1476. Cited in PubMed; PMID: 29107596. Pub Status: Published.
  • Larsen, Z.H., Chander, P., Joyner, J.A., Floruta, C.M., Demeter, T.L., Weick, J.P. Effects of Ethanol on Cellular Composition and Network Excitability of Human Pluripotent Stem Cell-Derived Neurons. Alcoholism Clinical and Experimental Research. (2016); 40(11): 2339-2350. Cited in PubMed; PMID: 27717039. Pub Status: Published.
  • Yamasaki, R., Lu, H., Butovsky, O., Ohno, N., Rietsch, A.M....Floruta, C.M...., Ransohoff, R.M. Differential Roles of Microglia and Monocytes in the Inflamed Central Nervous System. The Journal of Experimental Medicine. (2014); 211(8): 1533-1549. Cited in PubMed; PMID: 25002752. Pub Status: Published.

Poster Presentations

  • Floruta, C., Chaves, F.L., Medina, C.S., Bearer, E.L. (2014, December). Developing a Model for Slow Hypoxic Injury and Vascular Degeneration in Amyloid Burdened Brains Poster presented at: American Society of Cell Biology Annual Meeting; Philadelphia, PA.
  • Floruta, C., Du, R., Kang, H., Stein, J.L., Weick, J.P. (2017, November). Default patterning produces pan-cortical glutamatergic and CGE/LGE-like GABAergic neurons from human pluripotent stem cells Poster presented at: Society for Neuroscience Annual Meeting; Washington, DC.
  • Floruta, C., Du, R., Kang, H., Stein, JL., Weick, JP. (2018, November). Intrinsic determinants of human CGE-like GABAergic interneurons Poster presented at: Society for Neuroscience Annual Meeting; San Diego, CA.
  • Floruta, C., Du, R., Kang, H., Weick, J.P. (2015, October). Default Patterning of Human Pluripotent Stem Cell-Derived Neurons Results in Pan-cortical and Subpallial Regionalization Poster presented at: Society for Neuroscience Annual Meeting; Chicago, IL.
  • Floruta, C., Du, R., Kang, H., Weick, J.P. (2016, June). Default Patterning of Human Pluripotent Stem Cell-Derived Neurons Results in Pan-cortical and Subpallial Regionalization Poster presented at: International Society of Stem Cell Research Annual Meeting; San Francisco, CA.
  • Jiang, S., Binder, J., Maphis, N., Duran, W., Floruta, C., Jett, S., Latz, E., Bhaskar, K.. (2015, October). Pathological Tau Induces Inflammasome Activation and Neuroinflammation Relevant to Alzheimer’s Disease Poster presented at: Society for Neuroscience Annual Meeting; Chicago, IL.

Oral Presentations

  • Floruta, C. (2017, December). Identifying a Unique Population in Default Patterned Human-Pluripotent Stem Cell-Derived Neurons presented at: UNM MD-PhD Program Retreat; Albuquerque, NM.
  • Floruta, C. (2018, May). Default patterning of human pluripotent stem cell-derived neurons produces CALR+ GABAergic interneurons presented at: UNM Neurosciences Seminar Series; Albuquerque, NM.
  • Floruta, C. (2017, May). Promoting targeted integration of human pluripotent stem cell-derived neurons with host circuitry after stroke presented at: UNM Neurosciences Seminar Series; Albuquerque, NM.
  • Floruta, C. (2015, December). Functional Integration of Stem Cell-derived Neurons as a
  • Cell Replacement Therapy for Ischemic Injury presented at: UNM Neurosciences Seminar Series; Albuquerque, NM.
  • Floruta, C. (2014, May). Case study: Incidental intradural mass of the cauda equina Oral Presentation presented at: UNM M.D./Ph.D. Program Retreat; Albuquerque, NM.
  • Floruta, C. (2018, December). Dissertation Defense: Molecular Characterization of a Unique Population of Human Cortical Interneurons; Implications for Primate-Specific Development presented at: UNM Department of Neurosciences Seminar Series; Albuquerque, NM.
  • Peterson, C. (2019, November). Simple and understandable vaccine education using text and media platforms presented at: 2019 National Conference for Immunization Coalitions and Partnerships; Honolulu, HI.

Peer Reviewed Online Publications

  • Akbik, O.S., Floruta, C., Chohan, M.O., SantaCruz, K.S., Carlson, A.P. (2016, June 28). A Unique Case of an Aggressive Gangliocytic Paraganglioma of the Filum Terminale. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/27433367/?from_term=Floruta+CM&from_cauthor_id=29107596&from_pos=3, Pub Status: Published.
  • Lugo, J.N., Smith, G.D., Arbuckle, E.P., White, J., Holley, A.J., Floruta, C.M., Ahmed, N., Gomez, M.C., Okonkwo, O. (2014, April 16). Deletion of PTEN Produces Autism-Like Behavioral Deficits and Alterations in Synaptic Proteins. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/24795561/?from_term=Floruta+CM&from_cauthor_id=27717039&from_pos=5, Pub Status: Published.
  • Peterson, C.M., Podila, S.S. & Girotra, T. (2020, September 12). Unruptured aneurysmal clipping complicated by delayed and refractory vasospasm: case report. https://bmcneurol.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s12883-020-01925-8#citeas, Pub Status: Published.