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Washington and Lee University

Washington and Lee University

Fiona Watson

Assistant Professor of Biology

Howe 413
(540) 458-8864


Joined W&L Faculty in 2008

Assistant Professor, Washington and Lee University, 2008 - present

Howard Hughes Teaching and Research Fellow, Davidson College, 2006-2008, Mentor: Barbara Lom

Postdoctoral Fellow:

Harvard University, 2001-2005, Advisor: Dietmar Schmucker

Harvard University, 1999-2001, Advisor: Rosalind Segal



Undergraduate Degree: B.S. Honors, Dalhousie University, 1988

Graduate Degree: M.S., Dalhousie University, 1993. Advisor: Robert Elner

Graduate Degree: Ph.D., Harvard University, 1999. Advisor: Rosalind Segal




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Animal Development (Biology 222)

Neural Imaging (Biology 395)


Selected Publications

Watson, FL, EA Mills, X Wang, C Guo, DF Chen, and N Marsh-Armstrong. 2012. Cell type-specific translational profiling in the Xenopus laevis retina. Developmental Dynamics in press.

Watson, FL and B Lom. 2008. More than a Picture: Helping Undergraduates Learn to Communicate Through Scientific Images. CBE-Life Sciences Education. 7:27-35.

Chen, B., M Kondo, A Garnier, FL Watson, R Puettmann-Holgado, D Lamar, D Schmucker. 2006. The molecular diversity of Dscam is functionally required for neuronal wiring specificity in Drosophila. Cell 125:607-620.

Watson, F., R Puettmann-Holgado, F Thomas, D Lamar, M Kondo, V Rebel, D Schmucker. 2005. Alternative splicing of Dscam in the immune system of invertebrates: Convergent evolution of immunoglobulin receptor diversity? Science 309:1874-1878.

Bhattacharyya, A, FL Watson, SL Pomeroy, YZ Zhang, CD Stiles, RA Segal. 2002. High resolution imaging demonstrates dynein based retrograde transport of activated Trk receptors. Journal of Neurobiology. 51(4):302-12.

Watson, FL, HM Heerssen, A Bhattacharyya, L Klesse, RA Segal. 2001. Neurotrophins use the Erk5 pathway to mediate a retrograde survival signal. Nature Neuroscience 4(10):981-988.

Watson, FL, HM Heerssen, DB Moheban, MZ Lin, CM Sauvageot, A Bhattacharyya, SL Pomeroy, RA Segal. 1999. Rapid nuclear responses to target derived neurotrophins require retrograde transport of ligand-receptor complex. J. Neurosci. 19(18): 7889-7900.

Watson, FL, MA Porcionatto, A Bhattacharyya, CD Stiles, RA Segal. 1999. Trk A glycosylation regulates receptor localization and activity. J. Neurobiol. 39(2): 323-36.

Bitting L, FL Watson, BF O'Hara, TS Kilduff, HC Heller. 1999. HSP70 expression is increased during the day in a diurnal animal, the golden-mantled ground squirrel Spermophilus lateralis. Mol. Cell Biochem. 199(1-2): 25-34.

O'Hara, BF, FL Watson, HK Srere, H Kumar, SW Wiler, SK Welch, L Bitting, HC Heller, and TS Kilduff. 1999. Gene expression in the brain across the hibernation cycle. J. Neurosci. 19(10): 3781-90.

Bhattacharyya, A, FL Watson, TA Bradlee, SL Pomeroy, CD Stiles, RA Segal. 1997. Trk receptors function as rapid retrograde signal carriers in the adult nervous system. J. Neurosci. 17(18):7007-7016.

O'Hara, BF, FL Watson, R Andretic, SW Wiler, KA Young, L Bitting, HC Heller, and TS Kilduff. 1997. Daily variation of CNS gene expression in nocturnal vs. diurnal rodents and in the developing rat brain. Brain Res Mol Brain Res 48(1): 73-86.

Bitting, L, EL Sutin, FL Watson, LE Leard, BF O'Hara, HC Heller and TS Kilduff. 1994. c-fos mRNA increases in the ground squirrel suprachiasmatic nucleus during arousal from hibernation. Neuroscience Letters 165(1-2):117-21.

O'Hara, BF, KA Young, FL Watson, HC Heller, and TS Kilduff. 1993. Immediate early gene expression in brain during sleep deprivation: Preliminary observations. Sleep 16(1):1-7.


2006-present Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience (FUN)

1990-present Society for Neuroscience (SfN)