Jenna Crowell

Research Associate IV Microbiology, Immunology, and Pathology

325 Pathology

(970) 491-7343

About Jenna

Jenna received her B.S. in neuroscience from the University of Rochester. Upon graduating she worked in a lab conducting behavioral pharmacology research outside of New York City. She came to CSU in 2012 to join the late Dr. Richard Bessen’s lab. It was in his lab that she first started studying prions. Upon his passing in 2016, she joined Dr. Glenn Telling’s lab. She is currently the lab manager and also helps with a variety of other projects, as needed.


BS, Neuroscience, University of Rochester, 2008


The cellular prion protein promotes neuronal regeneration after acute nasotoxic injury. Parrie LE, Crowell JAE, Moreno JA, Suinn SS, Telling GC, Bessen RA. Prion. 2020 Dec;14(1):31-41. doi: 10.1080/19336896.2020.1714373.The cellular prion protein promotes olfactory sensory neuron survival and axon targeting during adult neurogenesis. Parrie LE, Crowell JAE, Telling GC, Bessen RA. Dev Biol. 2018 Jun 1;438(1):23-32. doi: 10.1016/j.ydbio.2018.03.012. Epub 2018 Mar 22.Host Determinants of Prion Strain Diversity Independent of Prion Protein Genotype. Crowell J, Hughson A, Caughey B, Bessen RA. J Virol. 2015 Oct;89(20):10427-41. doi: 10.1128/JVI.01586-15. Epub 2015 Aug 5.Lesion of the olfactory epithelium accelerates prion neuroinvasion and disease onset when prion replication is restricted to neurons. Crowell J, Wiley JA, Bessen RA. PLoS One. 2015 Mar 30;10(3):e0119863. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0119863. eCollection 2015.