Steven A. Crone, PhD

Academic Affiliations

Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

Phone 513-803-9275


Developmental biology; neurodegenerative disease; neural control of behavior; locomotion; respiration; motor circuits; amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS); spinal muscular atrophy (SMA)

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Steven Crone, PhD, is an assistant professor in the Division of Pediatric Neurosurgery within the UC Department of Surgery. He received his BS with honors from The Pennsylvania State University in 1995. He received his PhD from the University of California, San Diego while performing his thesis research at The Salk Institute for Biological Studies.

His thesis research demonstrated that the ErbB2 receptor tyrosine kinase is essential for maintenance of the enteric nervous system and prevention of dilated cardiomyopathy. His research has important implications for the treatment of Hirschsprung’s disease, heart disease and ErbB2/Her2 dependent breast cancer.

Dr. Crone performed his postdoctoral work at the University of Chicago where he used transgenic mouse models to label, ablate or alter gene expression in specific interneurons to establish that V2a neurons coordinate limb movement during locomotion and promote a normal breathing rhythm.

He joined Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center in September of 2012 where his laboratory will investigate how motor circuits are altered by injury or disease.

BS: The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA, 1995.

PhD: University of California, San Diego and The Salk Institute for Biological Studies, San Diego, CA, 2003.

Postdoctoral: University of Chicago, Chicago, IL, 2012.

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Crone SA, Viemari J-C, Droho S, Ramirez J, Mrejeru A, Sharma K. Irregular breathing in mice following genetic ablation of V2a neurons. J Neuroscience. 2012;32(23):7895–7906.

Zhong G, Droho S, Crone SA, Dietz S, Kwan AC, Webb WW, Sharma K, Harris-Warrick R. Electrophysiological characterization of the V2a interneurons and their locomotor-related activity in the neonatal mouse spinal cord. J Neuroscience. 2010;30(1):170-182.

Crone SA, Zhong G, Harris-Warrick R, Sharma K. In mice lacking V2a interneurons, gait depends on speed of locomotion. J Neuroscience. 2009;29(21):7098-7109.

Crone SA, Quinlan KA, Zagoraiou L, Droho S, Restrepo CE, Lundfald L, Endo T, Setlak J, Jessell TM, Kiehn O, Sharma K. Genetic ablation of V2a ipsilateral interneurons disrupts left-right locomotor coordination in mammalian spinal cord. Neuron. 2008;60:70-83.

Joseph NM, Mukouyama Y, Mosher JT, Jaegle M, Crone SA, Dormand E, Lee K-F, Meijer D, Anderson DJ, Morrison SJ. Neural crest stem cells undergo multi-lineage differentiation in developing peripheral nerves to generate endoneurial fibroblasts in addition to Schwann cells. Development. 2004;131:5599-5612.

Crone SA, Negro A, Trumpp A, Giovannini M, Lee K-F. Colonic epithelial expression of ErbB2 is required for postnatal maintenance of the enteric nervous system. Neuron. 2003;37:29-40.

Crone SA, Zhao Y-Y, Fan L, Gu Y, Minamisawa S, Liu Y, Peterson KL, Chen J, Kahn R, Condorelli G, Ross J Jr, Chien KR, Lee K-F. ErbB2 is essential in the prevention of dilated cardiomyopathy. Nature Medicine. 2002;8:459-465.

Crone SA, Lee K-F. Gene targeting reveals multiple essential functions of the neuregulin signaling system during development of the neuroendocrine and nervous systems. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences. 2002;971:547-553.

Kaspar BK, Vissel B, Bengoechea T, Crone S, Randolph-Moore L, Muller R, Brandon EP, Schaffer D, Verma IM, Lee K-F, Heinemann SF, Gage FH. Adeno-associated virus effectively mediates conditional gene modification in the brain. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA. 2002;99:2320-5.