College of Humanities and Social Sciences
College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Vita M. Vock

Vita M. Vock

Vita M. Vock

Associate Dean for Undergraduate Academic Affairs

Vita completed a B.S. in Biochemistry at the University of Nebraska (Lincoln) in 1998. She completed graduate studies in Public Affairs and Neuroscience at the University of Texas in Austin in 2007, and was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Virginia from 2007 to 2011. Vita came to George Mason in 2011, serving first as the Assistant Dean for the College of Science, and now as CHSS's Associate Dean for Undergraduate Academic Affairs.

Selected Publications

Kerstin M. Janisch*, Vita M. Vock*, Michael Fleming, Ayushma Shrestha, Cynthia M. Grimsley-Myers, Bareza A. Rasoul, Sarah A. Neale, Timothy D. Cupp, Jason M. Kinchen, Karel F. Liem, Jr, and Noelle D. Dwyer (2013) The vertebrate-specific Kinesin-6, Kif20B, is required for normal cytokinesis of polarized cortical stem cells and cerebral cortex size. Development, 140(23):4672-82

Vita M. Vock, Olga N. Ponomareva, and Mendell Rimer (2008) Evidence for Muscle-Dependent Neuromuscular Synaptic Site Determination in Mammals. JNeurosci 28:3123-3130.

Expanded Publication List

Noelle D Dwyer, Danielle K Manning, Jennifer L Moran, Raksha Mudbhary, Michael S Fleming, Carlita B Favero, Vita M Vock, Dennis DM O’Leary, Christopher A Walsh, David R Beier (2011) A forward genetic screen with a thalamocortical axon reporter mouse yields novel neurodevelopment mutants and a distinct emx2mutant phenotype. Neural Development 6:3.

Olga N. Ponomareva, Hualong Ma, Vita M. Vock, Elaine L. Ellerton, Susan E. Moody, Ramzi Dakour, Lewis A. Chodosh, and Mendell Rimer (2006) Defective neuromuscular synaptogenesis in mice expressing constituatively active ErbB2 in skeletal muscle fibers.  Mol Cell Neurosci 31(2):334-45.

Rimer M, Barrett DW, Maldonado MA, Vock VM, Gonzalez-Lima F (2005) Neuregulin-1 immunoglobulin-like domain mutant mice: clozapine sensitivity and impaired latent inhibition. Neuroreport 16:271-275.

Wang J, Vock VM, Li S, Olivas OR, Wilkinson MF (2002) A quality control pathway that down-regulates aberrant T-cell receptor (TCR) transcripts by a mechanism requiring UPF2 and translation. J Biol Chem 277:18489-18493.

Courses Taught

UNIV 100, Freshman Transition. NEUR 461, Special Topics in Neuroscience: Foundations of the Mammalian Brain. NEUR 355, Molecular, Developmental and Systems Neuroscience.

Education

Ph.D., in Neuroscience, University of Texas, Austin, TX, December 2007

B.Sc. in Biochemistry, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE, August 1998