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I hope to bring my knowledge of STEM, research methods, and proposal development to help facilitate the design, implementation, and documentation of the many different ways in which K-12 educators from across many different contexts are inspiring and empowering their students to engage in quality experiential learning opportunities that both foster deeper learning and engagement.


Post-Doctoral                       Neuroscience, V.A. Medical Center, Bedford, MA

Ph.D.                                   Biochemistry, Boston University School of Medicine, Boston, MA

B.S.                                     Cell Biology, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS


Refereed Articles

Lynch JA, George AM, Eisenhauer PB, Conn KJ, Gao, W, Carreras I, Wells, JM, Ullman MD and Fine RE (2006) Insulin degrading enzyme is localized predominantly at the cell surface of polarized and unpolarized human cerebrovascular endothelial cell cultures, Journal of Neuroscience Research. 83(7): 1262-70

Carreras I, Garrett-Young R, Ullman MD, Eisenhauer PB, Fine RE, Wells JM and Conn KJ (2005) Upregulation of clusterin/apolipoprotein J in lactacystin-treated SH-SY5Y cells, Journal of Neuroscience Research. 79(4): 495-502.

Gao W, Eisenhauer PB, Conn K, Lynch JA, Wells JM, Ullman MD, McKee A, Thatte HS and Fine RE (2004) Insulin degrading enzyme is expressed in the human cerebrovascular endothelium and in cultured human cerebrovascular endothelial cells, Neuroscience Letters. 371(1): 6-11.

Conn KJ, Gao W, McKee A, Lans MS, Ullman MD, Eisenhauer PB, Fine RE and Wells JM (2004) Identificaiton of the protein disulfide isomerase family member PDIp in experimental Parkinson’s disease and Lewy body pathology, Brain Research. 1022(1-2): 164-172.

Eisenhauer PB, Jacewicz MS, Conn KJ, Koul O, Wells JM, Fine RE and Newburg DS (2004) Escherichia coli Shiga toxin 1 and TNF-alpha induce cytokine release by human cerebral microvascular endothelial cells, Microbial Pathogenesis. 36(4): 189-96.

Conn KJ, Ullman MD, Larned MJ, Eisenhauer PB, Fine RE and Wells JM (2003) cDNA microarray analysis of changes in gene expression associated with MPP+ toxicity in SH-SY5Y cells, Neurochemical Research. 28(12): 1873-1881.

Conn KJ, Doherty S, Eisenhauer P, Fine R, Wells J and Ullman MD (2003) Neuroprotective ganglioside derivatives, Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences. 991: 330-332.

Conn KJ, Gao WW, Ullman MD, McKeon-O’Malley C, Eisenhauer PB, Fine RE and Wells JM (2002) Specific up-regulation of GADD153/CHOP in 1-methyl-4-phenyl-pyridinium-treated SH-SY5Y cells, Journal of Neuroscience Research. 68(6): 755-760.

Conn KJ, Eisenhauer P, Ullman, MD, Fine R and Wells JM (2001) Decreased expression of the NADH:ubiquinone oxoreductase (complex I) subunit 4 (ND4) in 1-methyl-4-phenyl-pyridinium (MPP+)-treated SH-SY5Y neuroblastoma cells, Neuroscience Letters. 306: 145-148.

Meckelein B, Marshall DCL, Conn KJ, Peitropaolo M, Van Nostrand W and Abraham CR (1998) Identification of a novel serine protease-like molecule from human brain, Mol. Brain Research. 15:181-197.

Conn KJ, Rich CB, Jensen DE, Fontanilla MR, Bashir MM, Rosenbloom J and Foster JA (1996) Insulin-like growth factor-I regulates transcription of the elastin gene through a retinoblastoma control element, The Journal of Biological Chemistry. 271: 28853-28860.

Conn KJ, Pietropaolo M, Ju ST and Abraham CR (1996) Monoclonal antibodies against the human metalloprotease E.C. labels neurofibrillary tangles in Alzheimer’s disease brain. Journal of Neurochemistry. 66: 2011-2018.

Conn KJ, Papastoitsis G, Meckelein B, and Abraham CR (1994) Identification of full-length b-amyloid precursor protein in human neuronal and non-neuronal cell culture supernatant: a possible extracellular source for the generation of Ab, Amyloid: International Journal of Experimental & Clinical Investigation. 1: 232-239.

Chen MC, Conn KJ and Festoff BW (1993) A receptor for cathepsin G:a1-antichymotrypsin complexes on mouse spinal cord astrocytes, Neurology 43: 1223-1227

Non-refereed Articles

Fernandes, SM, Khairy P, Fishman L, Melvin, P, O’Sullivan-Oliveira, J. Sawicki, GS, Ziniel S, Conn, KJ, Breitinger, P, Williams, R, Takahashi M., and Landzberg, MJ (2012) Referral Patterns and Perceived Barriers to Adult Congenital Heart Disease Care: Results of a Survey of U.S. Pediatric Cardiologists, Journal of the American College of Cardiology. 2012; 59(13s1).

Fine RE, Eisenhauer PB, Conn, KJ, McKee A, Garrett-Young R, Ullman MD, Wells JM, Gao WW, (2004) P4-168 IDE, An A-beta degrading enzyme, is expressed in the cerebrovascular endothelium, Neurobiology of Aging. 25. DOI:10.1016/S0197-4580(04)81726-3

Conn KJ, Garrett-Young R, Ullman MD, Gao WW, Eisenhauer PB, Fine RE, Wells JM (2004) P3-392 Upregulation of clusterin/Apolipoprotein J in lactacystin-treated SH-SY5Y cells, Neurobiology of Aging – Neurobiology of Aging. 25. DOI:10.1016/S0197-4580(04)81540-9

Abraham CR, Conn KJ, Pietropaolo M, Meckelein B, and Fine R (1996) 337 Metalloendopeptidase E.C. and Alzheimer’s disease Neurobiology of Aging, 17(4):S85.


Conn KJ and Mangawang MM (2015) The Lowell Institute School at Northeastern University. Northeastern University College of Professional Studies, Boston, MA, ISBN: 978-0-692-50755-1.

Book Chapters

Conn KJ, Degterev A, Fontanilla MR, Rich CB and Foster JA (1998) Calcium Phosphate Transfection, Culture of Specialized Cells Volume 4: DNA Transfer to Cultured Cells: Editors: Ravid K and Freshney RI, John Wiley & Sons, New York, NY 111-124.



  • Development of curriculum for credentials in Experiential Teaching and Learning.

  • Supporting Project Based Teaching and Learning strategies in schools.

Upcoming Talks and Conferences

Educators’ Experiences with Professional Learning of Project Based Teaching Strategies. To be presented as a round table discussion at New England Educational Research Organization conference April, 2019 in Portsmouth, NH.

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