Monica A. Pessina, PhD
Assistant Professor
Boston University School of Medicine
Dept of Anatomy & Neurobiology

PhD, Boston University
MEd, Northeastern University




Dr. Pessina received her B.S. in Occupational Therapy from Boston University, followed by a Master’s in Education from Northeastern University and a Ph.D. in Anatomy and Neurobiology from Boston University School of Medicine. Prior to assuming a full time academic appointment at BUSM, she gained extensive experience at Massachusetts General Hospital in the field of upper extremity rehabilitation following orthopedic, neurological and burn injuries. In addition, she is the former Director of Rehabilitation at Shriners Burns Institute and she continues to work as an educator in the field of burn rehabilitation both nationally and internationally. Dr. Pessina currently teaches Gross Anatomy and Microscopic Anatomy at BU School of Medicine and BU Goldman School of Dental Medicine where she serves in various roles including Course Director, Section Leader, Lecturer and Laboratory Instructor. As an extension of her clinical interests, Dr. Pessina is currently pursuing research related to the return of motor function after cortical injury in a primate model.

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Boston University School of Medicine, Graduate Medical Sciences


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  1. Medalla M, Chang W, Calderazzo SM, Go V, Tsolias A, Goodliffe JW, Pathak D, De Alba D, Pessina M, Rosene DL, Buller B, Moore TL. Treatment with Mesenchymal-Derived Extracellular Vesicles Reduces Injury-Related Pathology in Pyramidal Neurons of Monkey Perilesional Ventral Premotor Cortex. J Neurosci. 2020 04 22; 40(17):3385-3407.View Related Profiles. PMID: 32241837
     
  2. Go V, Bowley BGE, Pessina MA, Zhang ZG, Chopp M, Finklestein SP, Rosene DL, Medalla M, Buller B, Moore TL. Extracellular vesicles from mesenchymal stem cells reduce microglial-mediated neuroinflammation after cortical injury in aged Rhesus monkeys. Geroscience. 2020 02; 42(1):1-17.View Related Profiles. PMID: 31691891
     
  3. Orczykowski ME, Calderazzo SM, Shobin E, Pessina MA, Oblak AL, Finklestein SP, Kramer BC, Mortazavi F, Rosene DL, Moore TL. Cell based therapy reduces secondary damage and increases extent of microglial activation following cortical injury. Brain Res. 2019 08 15; 1717:147-159.View Related Profiles. PMID: 30998931
     
  4. Pessina MA, Bowley BGE, Rosene DL, Moore TL. A method for assessing recovery of fine motor function of the hand in a rhesus monkey model of cortical injury: an adaptation of the Fugl-Meyer Scale and Eshkol-Wachman Movement Notation. Somatosens Mot Res. 2019 03; 36(1):69-77.View Related Profiles. PMID: 31072219
     
  5. Moore TL, Bowley BGE, Pessina MA, Calderazzo SM, Medalla M, Go V, Zhang ZG, Chopp M, Finklestein S, Harbaugh AG, Rosene DL, Buller B. Mesenchymal derived exosomes enhance recovery of motor function in a monkey model of cortical injury. Restor Neurol Neurosci. 2019; 37(4):347-362.View Related Profiles. PMID: 31282441
     
  6. Zhang M, Pessina MA, Higgs JB, Kissin EY. A Vascular Obstacle in Ultrasound-Guided Hip Joint Injection. J Med Ultrasound. 2018 Apr-Jun; 26(2):77-80.View Related Profiles. PMID: 30065523
     
  7. Orczykowski ME, Arndt KR, Palitz LE, Kramer BC, Pessina MA, Oblak AL, Finklestein SP, Mortazavi F, Rosene DL, Moore TL. Cell based therapy enhances activation of ventral premotor cortex to improve recovery following primary motor cortex injury. Exp Neurol. 2018 07; 305:13-25.View Related Profiles. PMID: 29540323
     
  8. Moore TL, Pessina MA, Finklestein SP, Killiany RJ, Bowley B, Benowitz L, Rosene DL. Inosine enhances recovery of grasp following cortical injury to the primary motor cortex of the rhesus monkey. Restor Neurol Neurosci. 2016 Sep 21; 34(5):827-48.View Related Profiles. PMID: 27497459; DOI: 10.3233/RNN-160661;
     
  9. Moore TL, Pessina MA, Finklestein SP, Kramer BC, Killiany RJ, Rosene DL. Recovery of fine motor performance after ischemic damage to motor cortex is facilitated by cell therapy in the rhesus monkey. Somatosens Mot Res. 2013 Dec; 30(4):185-96.View Related Profiles. PMID: 23758412; DOI: 10.3109/08990220.2013.790806;
     
  10. Moore TL, Killiany RJ, Pessina MA, Moss MB, Finklestein SP, Rosene DL. Recovery from ischemia in the middle-aged brain: a nonhuman primate model. Neurobiol Aging. 2012 Mar; 33(3):619.e9-619.e24.View Related Profiles. PMID: 21458887; PMCID: PMC3145025; DOI: 10.1016/j.neurobiolaging.2011.02.005;
     
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